If Martin Luther King had been born in India his speech would have been ,” I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they are not judged by their religion…”
People refer to India as Spiritual India. India has given birth to many religions; Hinduism, Jainism ,Buddhism. In the caves of Ellora the temples of all these three religions were built next to each other. Thirty three in all. None of them felt the need to tear down the temples of the others to build their own. There prayers would reach heaven even with the other gods were near by.
But today elections are won, people murdered, trains burnt, temples torn down, all in the name of the gods. I ask you what is so spiritual about communal violence?
Our constitution gives us the freedom of speech and expression. It states that we are secular country.
Why then was there a campaign to deport Taslim Nasreen for speaking out for the rights of the oppressed? Why was Salman Rushide banned from attending the Jaipur Literary Festival. Why were missionaries burnt alive? M.S Hussein was ostracised for his depiction of gods and goddesses. That reminds me didn’t the protesters ever hear of the kamasutra poses of Khajuraho, chiselled out in stone ?
The only time I can think of when Indians were united for a cause that was sparked by religious practices was the Sepoy mutiny of 1857 which is hailed as the first war of Independence. But today religon what was one the essence of spiritual India is it’s curse.
Maybe, just maybe, without the gods India might actually be secular.