Is India really secular?
        India is secular state. Day in and Day out, it reverberates everywhere. But ground reality is different. Discrimination on the basis of religion is reality. The faiths and practices of one religion directly confronts practices of other religion. It was well exploited by British to its advantage during its rule. In 1857, it caused major revolt against them. But they never stopped its dirty game. They encouraged Jinnah to advocate seperate nation on the basis of faith and succeeded in dividing the country. British rule ended with birth of two nations . Pakistan under Mohammad Ali Jinnah practised Islam as State religion whereas India adopted secularism as its core philosophy. Unfortunately, this core philosophy is under test since beginning.

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       Its first test occurred during deliberations in Constitution Assembly. When Dr Ambedkar tried to bring Uniform Civil Code , it was scuttled within by Congress. The first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru compromised with secularism yielding to the pressure of fundamental Islamic members. Dr Ambedkar was totally disappointed. This tendency continued thereafter by adopting religious practices in Government functions. Secular Governments in modern democracies detached religion from State. The first democratic Government established in 1776 in United States practiced this concept. Similar concepts were adopted by subsequent democratic Governments in Europe. Similarly, Communist Governments established first in 1917 in Russia and later in many countries adopted more extreme measures by not only detaching State from religion but also restricting their practices.

     India adopted secularism but not detached religion from State. Government headed by people's representatives, bureaucrats adopted religious practices in Government functions which is being supported by political establishment by boosting that our secularism is different from western secularism. It is the second dilution of secularism in India. In the name of respecting religious practices, only majority religious practices are being adopted for Government functions. The spirit of secularism is compromised by this practice. 

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    In society, there are several practices which are directly confronting one against another. To illustrate, cow slaughter ia contentious between communities. Hindus worship cow as semi God. Muslims eat cow meat. In North East India, all people eat cow meat. In mainland, it has become very serious civil unrest. Hindus are attacking Muslims on suspicion of cow slaughter. Though this issue being encashed for political purposes, the divide is beyond political parties. Along with BJP wanted ban on cow slaughter to be enforced strictly, there are some Congress ruled States also wanted to enforce cow slaughter. Like this, pig is irritation to Muslims. There are some communities in India who habituated to eat pork meat. These issues became so sensitive that over a period, parties transformed as pro Hindu, pro Muslim parties. Congress has been branded as Muslim appeasement party whereas BJP branded as pro Hindu party. Both these accusations are true to certain extent. Ultimately, it is the secularism which suffered due to these appeasements by political parties. 

    Presently, society is divided on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Act. Certain State Governments took a stand opposing the CAA. These Governments are saying that they will not implement this Act. On one side, they say Constitution is paramount, on another side, they say that the Act passed by Parliament on Citizenship ( which is a central subject) will not be implemented violating the very Constitution. This is the irony of this country. Whether a Bill passed by Parliament is within Constitutional limits or not will be decided by Supreme Court but not by State Governments or Media. When the matter is already before Supreme Court, no State Government opposing the concept on 'secular values/spirit' say that we will wait till the verdict of Supreme Court. Is it upholding Constitutionalism?

    Plight of Kashmiri Hindus

    In the whole history of secular India, one incident occurred in the year 1990 remain as biggest violation of secularism till today. No comparable communal incident occurred in post Independent India. In the name of ethnic cleansing, around 4 lakh Kashmiri Hindus were shunted out from Kashmir valley by separatists influenced by Pakistan and radical Islamism. Government is talking about persecution of minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh but in such a mass scale, persecution occurred in secular India is not a hot topic. Hundreds of people were died, raped, their properties were looted and threatened with dire consequences if they do not convert to Islam. It happened in India right before our eyes. Why this is not an issue to media and liberals? No mass campaign was built up against these heinous crime, no mass campaign was built up to send them back to their own place, no mass campaign was built up as if it was inhuman and against the very concept of 'secular values and spirit' of India? Why? I am not Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi first. I am human being and Indian first , then may be identified with my roots. Communal hatred occurred to any community on the basis of  religion should be condemned. In Independent India, the biggest black spot on the map of secular India is ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus. All other incidents dwarfed before this incident. One will get moral strength to condemn communal incidents by speaking loudly about hapless Kashmiri Hindus because their number is in lakhs and were not in a position to back to their homes. One can boost of secular India if these people were rehabilitated at their native place. One can boost of secular India, if this inhuman activity is condemned with one voice. One can raise their voice against communalism, if justice is done to these migrated refugees. The campaign on communalism gets morale strength if these Kashmiris are back to their homes. Let us raise our voice for these helpless victims and strengthen secular values and spirit  in this country.