webs of a secularismPosted: December 26, 2010
Whenever we start talking to some people of “younger generation” (which includes me as well, but I am one of the many exceptions) about politics and hindutva, they say they are not interested in “ politics” and “religion” , rather they say they are “apolitical” and “secular”. To really understand what they mean by “secular” and “apolitical” I browsed the oxford dictionary and found as follows :
Secularism : the belief that religion should not be involved in the organisation of society , education etc..
So secularism / secularist / secular is a word connected with an organisation or government of a state. It is not connected with a individual. So as my friend pointed out in his tweets “Secularism may be policy of an institute/organisation/state or a nation. How can individuals be secular? If they are, its just bad grammar! “, the word is quite illogical when an individual utters it. Now okay, if an individual when he says “he is secular” means that “he respects all the religions” is also is not a good logic. See how ?
Take the case of a hindu who claims he is secular , now many questions do arise ,
- 1. Do you practice hinduism ?
- 2. Do you practice christianity ?
- 3. Do you practice islam ?
The “supposed” intelligent answer of this question may be “yes, all religion says the same thing “. But there is a great trap, this is what hinduism also says as I quote vedas “ एकं सत् विप्राः बहुदा वदन्ति”, means ‘truth is one, sages describe it in different ways’ . So you are not “secular”, you are a hindu and your hindu mind gave you that answer. Now , tell me ,whether a christian and islamic mind can quote these from their scriptures the very same word which came out automatically from your mouth, that “all religions says the same thing” which is already ther in your basic scriptures.
If u ask the same questions to practicing christians and muslims , they will boldly say “well, we believe in one god , christ/allah, we do not believe in idols made of stones and all , also we do not approve of any other books and places as sacred other than those which are prescribed by our prophets, so I practice christianity/islam. “ . well , so “secular” hindu will not get any friends from other religions. So now ?
“ Oh , I do not care about what they say , I am proud that I belong to a faith that respects every religion, in that way I am proud hindu “. So you now came from the plane of “secular” to “proud” hindu. He will explain further to prove his fragile existance I “secular” plane , “actually our upanishads and vedas also speak of one god, and idolatory is not prescribed there , so in that way the christians/islam is not wrong in criticising hinduism” . come on , now why did you earlier say you practice hinduism as it is seen now. So you now need to explain you are a “hindu or “ a non hindu” ?
So come out from these webs , you the tiger, have caged yourself in , you are not secular, you are quite above it ,you are a HINDU as veer savarkar says put it rightly . “ As long as other communities in India or in the world are not respectively planning India first or mankind first, but all are busy in organizing offensive and defensive alliances and combinations on entirely narrow racial or religious or national basis, so long, at least, so long O Hindus, strengthen if you can those subtle bonds that like nerve threads bind you in one organic social being.”
Note : my views on the word “apolitical” in the next post “, coming soon….