Ask your forefathers, they are still stung by the sorrow of partition, and the more I read about it the more disturbed I get. Obviously, the leaders at that time were busy to free us, but soon they entangled all of the population in the ugly and malicious entangles of what we call religion. There were killings, thousands died brutally, many were assaulted and left in a condition where they wished for death to come soon, and it was not because of some justified reason as asking for independence. It was to assert, project one’s religious choice on another.
People were hurt, they had to let go of their belongings, land and friends. Why? Because two different nations were wanted, to protect two different religions. Partition wasn’t done on the basis of where people wanted to live, partition was done to make one religion cluster together for better administration, and peace. And, for all we know, the partition resulted in everything but peace.
India is a diversified country, but to provoke people into action by using religion, relegates nothing but the kind of importance it is bestowed with. The only intention with following some religion should be peace, but it has always managed to turn into power bank, or elevated cases of communal violence, again, anything but peace.
Politics and religion, when amalgamated goes long way; the way borne with blood, hatred, supremacy, and of course further diversified and intensified religious affirmations.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, recently invited a Jain monk to preach in the assembly hall, inviting much controversy. Yes, the same hall that should be discussing bills for the betterment of people, than discussing or further accentuating the patriarchy or the chauvinism.
India is a secular country, and of course, being working for the country, I am sure the Minister will next invite some Hindu pandit, some Muslim maulana, a Christian padre or maybe some Sikh granthi. The Minister did not only confuse the meaning of governance, he also managed to astound the founding principles of our country.
Obviously, as per India’s Constitution of branding us a secular country, we are supposed to keep religion out of governance, so as to ensure neutral stances against all the prevailing religions. But, that’s hardly the truth. The toxic mixture of religion with politics is deeply ingrained in our minds and soul, and nothing clears it, no logic or reason, per se.
As Mahabharata says, dharma is subtle, always or mostly amalgamated with our karma.
Tarun Sagar, the monk in question spoke about the religion, which indeed is patriarchal and misogynistic, asking women to follow in the path of their husband’s, as that will always be the dharma. Jainism further bans female nudism, while men have continued to do so. He bashed Pakistan, and I am sure the religion that resonates with Ahimsa and restraint, doesn’t speak or adhere to such acts.
Why is religion being used to politicize things? Religion is present to help our path to nirvana, or to make us a better human, not to help us develop diplomatic stands, which should essentially be based on logic, facts rather than on religion.
As per the celebrated Sage’s viewpoints-
It is essential for religion to have a hold over politics and that religion is the man while politics is his wife, who accepts the limits set by him.
Even in history, our political parties have come in power due to their religious affiliations. We never vote for better idea, or better policies, we always end up voting for the Party that sympathizes with our religious viewpoints. Our Indian politics is essentially interlinked with religion, and as long as this amalgamation works, one can be sure of a debased politics, politics that doesn’t involve betterment of people, but politics that acts as a brand ambassador for some religion. After all, no one really takes religion seriously nowadays, do they?