Every time the circumstances call for re-electing of our representatives, we are bound to witness blatant words and unjustifiable favors. Political leaders have, I believe, redefined the word 'Secular'. In a wider sense, 'Secularism' can be viewed as an integral part of our constitution, which upholds that the people of India have freedom of religion and the state shall treat all alike.
what have our politicians modified it to? It is a common accepting
these days that one who talks about the betterment of the minority
religions is a pure secular. On the contrary, one who promotes the
ideology of 'prosperity of all' is neither secular nor communal,
and those advocating the advancement of a majority religion are
definitely communal. This is how we view the concept of secularism in
India, the world?s largest democracy. Are we on a right track?
our constitution speaks of equal treatment of all individuals,
Article 46 directs the state to promote educational and economic
interests of weaker sections, and in particular SCs and STs. The
clause was thought upon with a target to breach the wall of
exploitation and social injustice. Shall I call this as the beginning
of what we are currently witnessing and suffering with? Your answer
may be 'No'; and I too admire the inclusion of this Article;
however the prime motive of equal treatment is unreached.
the independence, political parties have relied upon particular
castes and/or religions with a view to come to power. Rather than
bridging the gap between communities, our leaders haven?t left any
stone unturned to widen the same. Motive? Extraordinary favor from a
will talk about some facts. In 2011, GoI announced establishment of a
sub-quota of 4.5 percent for minorities within the existing 27 per
cent reservation for OBCs just 2 days prior to the announcement of
assembly elections in five states by the Election Commission. The
government alleged that Muslims are unable to compete with Hindu OBCs
and hence they deserved a special treatment.
quashed this and later the head of the Sachar Committee criticized
this step saying that the GoI's promises would not in any way help
the backward sections and this is like befooling them. He added,
?Political leaders are making these claims to win elections, and
rather than reservations the government should focus on refining
administration and governance.
Supreme Court of India has recently advocated reservation for the
third sex in employment and education. Prior to this, none of the
political parties were even bothered. The reason is straight. The
third sex wasn't recognized as eligible voters. Let us focus on
what is our role in this entire dilemma. Surely, we are vulnerable to
perks and special benefits. It is easy to fetch support on religious
lines and we hardly resist.
targets are the minorities and even that too Muslims. Reason? Muslims
are second to Hindus in terms of population percentage. Not too less;
however enough to play a decisive role in the formation of
government. Even lesser in number are Jains (0.4 percent) and
Buddhists (0.8 percent), still none of the political parties have any
special policies for them. Reason? You can interpret it now.
will surely relate my thoughts with my religion and can say that my
idea of writing is to restrict special treatment afforded to
minorities. However, my intention is to help the nation achieve an
environment wherein voters are asked to vote by comparing
administrative skills and prosperity delivered. Remember, as long as
we vote with a view to safeguarding our individual homes, the only
beneficiaries will be our representatives.
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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.