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Hindu Phobic Secularism of India – A Wonder of Modern World

Article 44 of the constitution declares that the state shall endeavor to seek for the citizen a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India

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There is no other country in the world that showed pride in their constitution, which is anti-majority in character except India. Wikimedia Commons

-By Shashi Holla

WHAT IS SECULARISM? 

Secularism is neither universal nor golden standard in the contemporary world. There are many non- secular states predominantly Islamic countries, Israel, the Vatican, and so forth. They enjoy equal clout in international affairs without being reduced to second-grade status in the absence of Secularism. 

There is no other country in the world that showed pride in their constitution, which is anti-majority in character except India. Indian law is Anti Hindu and pro-minority. Due to this very nature, Indian Secularism is a double-edged sword. Secularism in India is ineffective, dangerous, and self-destructive. In spite of having Hindu phobic secularism installed in its constitution, the anti-Hindu bias in domestic and international media is rampant. Hindus are shown as fundamentalists in so-called liberal and reputed publications like “New York Times” and “Washington Post.” Almost every year India stands along with Pakistan and countries alike in religious freedom report prepared by not so neutral agencies like USCIRF. (United States Commission on International Religious Freedom) The resurgence of nationalism and dominance of the current political regimen in India is the direct result of perverted Secularism, which is not in sync with Indian customs, Dharma, and culture. 

So, what is Secularism? Secularism means separation of state and religion originated in European society as a solution to prevent Catholic-Protestant conflict among Christians. The concept of Secularism found a unique solution for western civilization at that time. The current Secularism in the West is matured enough as they have also amended their laws along with times of Renaissance and Reaffirmation. 

India adopted the imported model of Secularism from Europe after its independence. But think tanks of India never considered integrating various aspects of Dharmic civilization (Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism) to make Secularism relevant to the Indian context. Dharma embraces all pathways in achieving an eternal goal, and there is no history of religious persecution in India nor a conflict between “Temple vs. State” or “Dharma Vs. Science.” The imported model adopted by the government blindly after independence caused ideological darkness in India. Hence real progress as a modern nation of India is hampered. The Indian state has positive secularism. Unfortunately, it can interfere in religious matters related to Hindus only. It is politically correct for media, academia, and intellectuals to uphold Muslims and others to practice and propagate on to their religious ways but Hindu’s rights to articulate their religion, sentiments or cultural concerns are considered communal, and that is perplexing. 

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Dharma embraces all pathways in achieving an eternal goal, and there is no history of religious persecution in India nor a conflict between “Temple vs. State” or “Dharma Vs. Science.” Flickr

WHO ARE THE MINORITIES IN INDIA? 

Hindus who are in numerical majority face unique problems as the constitution, and the legal system favors minorities. Muslims ruled India for 700 years and Christian British who colonized India for 300 years. Though both are at their best in Proselytization Dharmic civilization survived due to its inner strength. The minorities in India are historically Hindus who become the follower of Abrahamic faith due to conversion by inducement or by force but very few of them by their consciousness. 

Both Christians and Muslims are well represented in politics, governance, Bollywood, media, and even in Hindu temple management. Globally Christianity and Islam are significant power-packed organized religions and dominate the world demography. 

Indian Muslims are nearly 200 million in number, and India has the third-largest Muslim population in the world. India has more than 300000 mosques, and Indian Muslims have political back up in international circles due to the powerful Islamic bloc. There are more than 30 million Christians in India, and generally, they are more educated and economically forward than Hindus. It’s a known fact that Church is the largest landowner in India after the Indian government thanks to the British colonial legacy. 

The Indian constitution stipulates there should not be any particular bill for any religion. Article 29 of the constitution refer to Minorities as “section of citizens having a distinct language, script, and culture.” Some of the anomalies and contradictions of Indian Secularism are briefed below. It’s an irony that Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, and Jews are also a minority in India, but establishments and political parties are not wooing them with special treatments. 

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Article 29 of the constitution refer to Minorities as “section of citizens having a distinct language, script, and culture.” Wikimedia Commons

ABSENCE OF UNIFORM CIVIL CODE 

Article 44 of the constitution declares that the state shall endeavor to seek for the citizen a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India. But even after 70 years of independence, there is no Uniform Civil Code in India, unlike Australia. That means there are separate personal laws for Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and the Jewish community. Out of all their laws, only Hindu customs are secularized. 

At present, but civil requirements are different from public law and cover marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption, and maintenance. Lack of uniform civil code makes India a false secular state since it cannot provide social justice and gender equality in family matters. 

The absence of a uniform civil code affects national integrity and security. For example, Muslim Personal Law Board vehemently opposes uniform civil code as they argue that they will be deprived of Sharia law once the Uniform Civil Code is implemented. The Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir has enacted Sharia law in the country more than a decade back. Secularism without Uniform Civil Code means communities living in enclaves and exodus of Hindus which started from Kashmir is spreading to West Bengal, Kerala, UP, and Bihar. 

MINORITY AFFAIRS MINISTRY AND MINORITY FAVOURING SCHEMES 

Article 15(1) of the constitution stipulates “The state shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them. 

But the Indian government probably only one in the world with Minority affairs cabinet ministry meant for all religions except Hinduism. Muslims are the second-largest majority in India. Till recently Haj pilgrimage was subsidized for Muslims on taxpayer’s money in a Hindu majority country. In 2011 Karnataka Government formed Karnataka Development Parishat for the overall development of the Christian community. In states like Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland Christians are in the majority. The Hindus are in the minority in eight of the states in India, but Indian Secularism does not recognize them as minorities. 

In 2006 former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh stated minorities must have the first claim on resources, especially Muslims. Just after the recent election in 2019 Ministry of Minority Affairs came out with several freebies for minorities in education, jobs and welfare programs targeting Muslims exclusively. This sort of Secularism where minority pandering at the cost of the majority community is occurring even under the so-called pro-Hindu government. Refer to http://indiafacts.org/ for more details. 

ONLY HINDU TEMPLES ARE UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL 

The government controls many Hindu temples in South India, but not Mosques or Churches. Rich Hindu temples are cash cows for the government. Once the government takes over temples, its dignity comes down drastically as the government is not bothered about its traditions and customs except its revenues. The revenues originating from the temples are used for non-Hindu causes like filling up revenue deficits and minority welfare programs. The money collected on Hundi is not spent on Dharma purposes like promoting Indic traditions and causes. The government appoints people of their choice, including politician’s family members to administer temples. 

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The government controls many Hindu temples in South India, but not Mosques or Churches. Wikimedia Commons

ANTI HINDU AND PRO MINORITY LEGISLATIONS 

The striking legislation against the majority is about establishing educational institutions. In India, minorities like Muslims, Christians got a special right to develop their institutions. They can set their own rules on admission of students, recruitment of staff, and also introducing their faith specific rules and curriculum. But Hindus does not have these privileges. That’s the reason why some of the sects of Hindus like Lingayat’s are demanding separate religion status to avail minority benefits. 

Hindu customs has to go through the Western lens of human rights, animal rights, and gender equality. But the same lens does not apply to the traditions of minorities. The recent Sabarimala controversy is a classic example of how media, NGOs and Courts use the discourse of gender equality, the Right to pray and so on to undermine the age-old tradition of the temples using an imported ideological lens. 

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CONCLUSION 

Indian constitution and Secularism are blunder-wonder of the world. India and Indians are the ardent admirers of Western democracy. In the West, there is no Secularism without a Uniform Civil Code. In a highly successful democratic secular country like Australia, there are no discriminatory benefits to ethnic minorities at the cost of majorities. Muslims and Christians enjoy the privileges given by the constitution in India, but in the same way, no neighboring country (or any other country) reciprocates the same for Hindus. 

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Amit Shah Presents Resolution to Revoke Article 370 in J&K

Following his speech amid bedlam, the House was adjourned

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Shah said: "I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1)." Wikimedia Commons

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, ending the special status to the state.

Shah moved the amendment amid uproar by opposition members. Shah said: “I am presenting the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir except the first clause 370 (1).”

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Following his speech amid bedlam, the House was adjourned. (IANS)

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RSS’ call to re-mould Indian Constitution

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says that the Army takes six to seven months to train its soldiers, the RSS can get its cadres ready for battle in two to three days

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The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002
The Sangh Parivar, better known as the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) celebrated the 125th anniversary of the song in 2002. Wikimedia Commons
  • RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) is a is an Indian right-wing
  • RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed his views on Indian Army’s preparation in his speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar
  • Kiren Rijiju said if the Constitution permits, RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh wants to re-mould the Indian State with a military which adheres to Hindutva, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said.

This is the message that emerges from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar that while the Army takes six to seven months to train its soldiers, the RSS can get its cadres ready for battle in two to three days, the CPI-M said.

“This remark has drawn widespread condemnation, with the main criticism being that the RSS chief had insulted the Indian army by claiming that the RSS can do a better job than the Army in training soldiers,” an editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy,” said.

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“While this criticism is valid, the intent of these remarks is much more serious,” it said. “The statement has revealed a vital aspect of the RSS outlook about the Army and the militarization of society.”

The editorial said: “What the RSS wants in the re-moulding of the Indian State is armed forces which adhere to Hindutva. For Bhagwat, the soldier in the Indian Army and the Swayamsevak of the RSS are on the same footing.

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RSS world’s largest organisation promote Hindutva.

“Under the present Indian Constitution, such an integration of the Army and the RSS is not possible.

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That is why, both the RSS clarification and the defence put out by (Minister of State for home) Kiren Rijiju makes this qualification that if the Constitution permits, the RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.

“The implication is ominous: a re-worked Constitution should enable this to happen.”

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Facts About Indian Constitution You Didn’t Know Before

Indian Constitution is the ultimate rule book for Indians

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Indian Constitution is considered one of the best constitutions in the world. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Constitution is considered one of the best constitutions in the world. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • Indian Constitution is the ultimate rulebook for Indians
  • It is one of the largest in the world and has several rules
  • Throughout years, Indian constitution has been proven beneficial in the matters of disputes

Indian Constitution is the ultimate rulebook for India and its citizens. It contains the instructions which are to be followed for the proper governance of India. Indian Constitution came out on 26th January 1950 and with it brought democracy to India.

Indian Constitution is the supreme law of India. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Constitution is the supreme law of India. Wikimedia Commons

Indian Constitution was not easy to write at all. It took lots of people and a period of about 2 years to write the constitution we follow today. There has been lots of amendments and controversies about it in the past, but it still continues to be one of the most reliable sources from which conduct of a citizen should be decided.

Here are few facts about the constitutions you probably didn’t know before:

  • It took 2 years, 11 months and 17 days for the constituent assembly to complete the constitution. The constituent assembly comprised of 283 members who signed the constitution on 26th January 1950.

    BR Ambedkar is the father of Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
    BR Ambedkar is the father of Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
  • Dr B.R. Ambedkar, who was the first law minister of independent India, was the Chairman of the constituent committee. He is also known as the “Father of Indian Constitution.”
  • No wonder constitution took more than 2 years to be completed when the first draft was put for debate and discussion, approximately 2000 amendments were made before it was finally finalised.
  • Indian Constitution is the largest constitution in the world. It has 25 parts, 448 articles, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 94 amendments.

    Indian constitution is one of the largest in the world. Wikimedia Commons
    Indian constitution is one of the largest in the world. Wikimedia Commons
  • Indian Constitution is completely handwritten. It is neither printed nor typed, it is completely hand-written by Prem Behari Narain Raizada, who wrote it in flowing calligraphic-italic style.

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  • The date 26th January was not just random. It was specially selected since it marked the anniversary of “Purna Swaraj Day” (26th January 1930). On this day, Indian Congress started the fight for complete independence and hoisted the Indian national flag for the first time in public.

    The Constitution adopted by India on January 26, 1950, is commemorated as Republic Day. Wikimedia Commons
    The Constitution adopted by India on January 26, 1950, is commemorated as Republic Day. Wikimedia Commons
  • The original copy of the Indian Constitution is kept in a special helium-filled case in the Library of the Parliament of India in New Delhi.
  • Out of 238 members of the constituent committee, only 15 were women.

    The original constitution is stored in the Parliament of India. parliamentofindia.nic.in
    The original constitution is stored in the Parliament of India. parliamentofindia.nic.in
  • The Indian Constitution is not entirely original. It took inspiration from the constitutions of other countries as well. For eg, the concept of Five Year Plans was taken from the USSR.
  • Indian Constitution has a lot in common with the American constitution. The fundamental rights recognized by our Constitution have been adopted from the American Constitution.
238 members signed the Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
238 members signed the Indian constitution. Wikimedia Commons
  • Indian constitution has 9 fundamental rights. However, before the amendment of 1978, ‘Right to Property’ was also one of them, before it was deleted.