In yet another rap for the Central Government the Supreme Court has directly questioned its ‘secular’ credentials. A bench said the government has reformed only Hindu laws and failed to overhaul personal laws of minority communities. Effectively, as we have known for ages, secularism in India basically means being ‘Anti-Hindu’. Trample on Hindu culture, control Hindu temples and make a mockery of our Constitution which enshrines a ‘Uniform Civil Code’.
The wrong practices under ‘secularism’ in various democracies have directly led to the victimisation of or discrimination against the majority community. In the first place there shouldn’t have been laws like Hindu Marriage Act or Muslim Marriage Act or Sikh or Christian marriage Acts. There should have been one single Indian Marriage Act. That Act could well have recognised religious practices under which marriages are conducted but all other laws should have been uniform. That Act could have authorised Priests and Maulvis to authorise and register marriages with legal stipulations.
It is not fair to blame just the government alone. The ones who practice and encourage ‘minority-favouring’ secularism are all over the media. The communists, the pseudo-secularists and the anti-Hindu brigade. The NDTVs, the CNN-IBNs, the Times-NOWs, the Aaj-Taks, the Headline-Todays and many more. Is reform required in religions? Absolutely, yes! Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and most religions have undergone reforms. It is only the one major religion of Islam that refuses to undergo reform. It is not for no reason that more and more European leaders are now waking up to the fact that ‘multiculturalism’ has failed miserably. It is important for any community to be tolerant, but simply a bad principle to tolerate the ‘intolerant’.
The Rahul Gandhis and Digvijay Singhs may equate Hindu outfits with terrorism and Nazism. The cost of perpetuating such twisted practices of ‘secularism’ by the Congress and the Communists is immense and will destroy the nation. If gutter-mouths in the Congress, the Communist parties and the media are able to frequently attack Hindus it is because, as the SC rightly observes, “the Hindu community has been tolerant to these statutory interventions”. The UK has seen the birth of the English Defence League (EDL). It may not be long before a ‘Hindu Defence League’ is born. India is not the same as UK, USA or other western countries where immigrants form the minority community. Indian minorities are people of Indian soil and origin. The difference ends there. The streak of ‘intolerance’ runs uniformly among some minority communities in the west as also in India. It is this intolerance that fuels pseudo-secular policies and laws.
True secularism is not about asking the majority community to be more tolerant. It is about ending ‘intolerance’ that exists in any form. If secularism can still survive in India it will most certainly be because of Hindus and not otherwise.