The ‘Secular’ Tokenism

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  1. Ancient Indian

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    Almost all parties are all the time encouraging the Muslims to maintain their separate identity just because they want their bloc vote.
    Is that the way to make ‘Hindustanis’ out of them?
    It is obvious that the attitude of Hindus has to be set right first, before we attempt setting right the Muslims. (Shri MS Golwalkar (Guruji), while interacting with Newspaper Editors at Delhi, June 1970, Issues with Indian Muslims.)


    Here comes the Ramazan and the whole ‘secular’ brigade in India gear up to prove their credentials. This year was not an exception.

    The new found ‘common man’ leadership of Delhi threw a lavish party, with no less than the Ambassador of Pakistan as one of the invitees.

    The party thrown by the Congress President was more a show of opposition unity to the government than a religious function.

    Perhaps the most curious one was the Iftar reception hosted by Honourable President of India, as everyone was interested in knowing whether the Prime Minister of this great ‘secular’ nation would be attending the Iftar hosted by the Constitutional head of India. Like last year, Prime Minister did not join the party and preferred to continue with his scheduled meeting with the CMs of the North-eastern states. It was good enough reason to question his ‘secular’ credential. Some went on questioning his performing of Pooja at Kashi Vishwanath and Pashupatinath.

    The issue is not who attended or not attended the Iftar reception but why this one religious event becomes a symbol of ‘secular’ bonhomie and tokenism?

    As per the Rashtrapati Bhawan records, Iftar reception is hosted there since 1993. After that, during 2002-07, the then President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam preferred to do away with the customary reception. Does that mean he was less ‘secular’ by any means? By doing away with a custom, did he demean the office of President? In fact, Iftar is a serious religious ritual of breaking day long fast during Ramazan by the ‘faithful’.

    It definitely has the message of community living and therefore, others who are not following Islam, joining the event is incidental. The real message of ‘blessings and forgiveness’ is missed out in this political tokenism. It is a mockery of the religion in which charity and generosity towards poor and less-privileged through common meals is expected.

    The ridiculous custom of non-fasting people feeding the well-fed guests for political calculation is against the spirit of any religious ritual. More importantly, individuals or organisations hosting any religious function is fine but justifying such rituals in the name of ‘secularism’ is ridiculous.

    Incidentally, it is all Hindu politicians who use this tokenism to promote vote-bank politics.

    Unfortunately in India, ‘secularism’ has become a convenient tool to further the communal cause.

    Since the insertion of this foreign originated term in Preamble to the Indian Constitution, our political discourse has become more communal. We need to understand that equal respect for all ways of worships is there in Indian ethos and that is much bigger than the spirit of tolerance expected in European version of ‘secularism’.

    Such practices of ‘tokenism’ may help some politicians to appease some community but it definitely encourages minoritism and undermines our ethos by harping on identity politics.
     
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    Had Dr. Kalam been a Hindu (and worse, an erstwhile BJP ally) , he would've seen a crapstorm arise from his move.
     
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    कापी पेस्ट धार्मिक सद्भाव की अपेक्षा सिर्फ हिंदुओं से ही क्यों की जाती है ....
    आज दोपहर मेरे एक परिचित मुस्लिम सज्जन जो काफी पढ़े लिखे हैं और एक अच्छे पद पर कार्यरत हैं, किसी काम से मुझसे मिलने आये। दुनिया जहान की बातों के बीच अचानक जिक्र छिड़ गया राजनैतिक इफ्तार पार्टियों का। मैं नेताओं द्वारा गोल टोपी पहन पहन कर इनमें शामिल होने को नौटंकी और बेमतलब करार दे रहा था और वो इसे गंगा-जमुनी तहज़ीब, भाईचारा, कौमी यकजहती जैसे भारी भारी लफ़्ज़ों के ज़रिये जायज ठहरा रहे थे। राष्ट्रपति द्वारा दी गयी इफ्तार पार्टी का जिक्र करते हुए उन्होंने इस बात पर बहुत जोर दिया कि मोदी जी को इसमें शामिल होना चाहिए था और ऐसा ना करके उन्होंने मुसलमानों के जज्बातों को ठेस पहुंचाई है। मेरे द्वारा ये कहने पर कि भाई साहब, वो जन्मना हिंदू हैं, बचपन से मंदिर मठों में गए हैं, इस्लामी रीति रिवाजों से उनका दूर दूर तक का वास्ता नहीं तो ऐसे में उनका गोल टोपी लगाकर खजूर खींचने का क्या औचित्य, वो सज्जन मुझसे असहमत होते हुए बोले बड़ा भावुक सा होते हुए बोले कि इसी तरह की सोच ने मुल्क का चैन ओ अमन बिगाड़ रखा है, नफरत की आँधियों को चला रखा है, दिलों में ज़हर को फैला रखा है। हमें दिल मिलाने होंगे, एक दूसरे के तीज त्योहारों में शामिल होना होगा, कुछ मन मार कर भी एक दूसरे के जज़्बातों की कद्र करनी होगी और तभी ये मुल्क शान ए जहान बनेगा।सुन कर बड़ा अच्छा सा लगा उनकी इस तक़रीर को। मैंने उनके सामने आम रखते हुए कहा--और तो फिलहाल कुछ है नहीं आपके सामने पेश करने को। इसी को नोश फरमाएं, अपनी शानदार बात की ख़ुशी में। वो बोले लंच में भी आम लेकर आते हैं आप। मैंने बड़ा इत्मीनान से उनके चेहरे पर अपनी नज़रें गढ़ाकर कहा--मंदिर गया था रास्ते में, तो पुजारी जी ने प्रसाद में ये दो आम दे दिए। (हालाँकि वो आम प्रसाद के नहीं थे।) अचानक सामने का चमकता चेहरा बदरंग सा होने लगा, ऑंखें मेरी बजाय इधर उधर देखने लगीं और खनकदार आवाज की जगह फुसफुसाहट सी सुनाई दी-- प्रसाद खाना हराम है ईमान वाले मोमिन के लिए। मैंने कहा, प्रसाद नहीं, आम समझ कर खा लीजिये तो वो साहब बोले कि होकर तो मंदिर से आया है। उनका इतना कहना भर था कि थोड़ी देर पहले उनके द्वारा ही बड़े अंदाज़ में बोला गया 'भाईचारा' उनकी मजहबी कटटरता का चारा बन गया, 'कौमी यकजहती' किसी कोने में बेतरह सिसकती नज़र आई और 'गंगा-जमुनी तहज़ीब', उसका तो भीषण बलात्कार ही हो गया। अब उनके खुद के और उनके भाई बंधुओं के कुकर्मों से पीड़ित-प्रताड़ित इन सब का ख्याल मैं या मेरे भाई बंधु रखेंगे, कम से कम ये आशा तो उन्हें कदापि नहीं रखनी चाहिए। ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
     
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    Prashna: Yadi 'secularism' ke goodh siddhaant ko kabhi aapko kisi saadhaaran manushya ko samjhaana ho, to kaise uska varanan karenge, iska sankshep mein vivaran dein.

    Uttar: Uparokt prashna ke liye mera varanan dainandini sandarbh mein kuchh is prakaar hoga:-

    'secularism' ek adbhut evam rochak drugvishay hai - ismein saamaanyatah ek haath se hi taali bajti hai; parantu iske paarshv mein ek saral sa tathya yah chhupa hua hai, ki ye taali do haathon ke mel se nahin apitu ek haath tatha ek gaal ke milaap se bajti hai; bas niyam yah hai ki chalne waala haath aur bajne waala gaal, apni bhoomikaayein kadaapi adala-badali kiye bina sada vahi rahenge jo paaramparik roop se chale aaye hain.
     
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    Ancient Indian Unplugged Version Senior Member

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    I don't know Hindi guys.

    Can you please use English?
     
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    the gist of what SGU & i wrote above is that 'secularism' here is expected only of the Hindus, while the born-seculars & peacefuls are thought to be perfectly fine in not budging to reciprocate in/with the same manner (like getting a tilak on their foreheads if you wear topi, or visiting a samadhi if you visit a dargah, or throwing a lunch-party in Holi if you throw an Iftaari dinner-party). in that sense, secularism here is a one-hand clap which is not only possible but very well done as well - using one's hand and another's cheek; albeit its rule being that the particular hand & cheek (should) remain the same without interchanging their roles in cycles. although some exceptions do exist & keep occurring every once-in-a-while (fortunately), but the general scenario remains as described.
     
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    Thanks for translation.

    I will learn hindi by next year.
     

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