BY GOD!

It is said that no country is as poor as to have only one god. For gods, can be created very cheap. Going by this, India is a very rich country. Rich with all it’s gods and all of it’s religions.
A very good morning to one and all. Today I present before you some views on a subject that runs in the very heart of this subcontinent. A subject that is both controversial and has the potential to cause irreparable damage if not handled properly. The one key that can make all the nation sit up and listen and take action. Though millions in this country go to sleep empty stomach but they can never afford to sleep on this issue. I talk of – Religion and India.
Religion is something that’s regarded true by the people, false by the wise and useful by the rulers. Since times immemorial, this world has been a witness to what religion can make out of men and how it can be used to motivate politics and uproot civilizations. But India has always been a quiet, peace loving country, although religiously awake – all this before the english came. The english brought with them the seeds of communal disharmony and used religion as a blade to cut the veins of trust, brotherhood and unity . Blinded by our religious faith, we allowed them to put us into a deep slumber. Two fifty years down the line we are still not ready to get up.
Even in these times of technology and globalization, india is a country where religious sentiments are on a rise – even at the stake of nation’s progress. I agree that the present generation has a different approach to religion but it will take ages to do a complete turnover of the mindset but by that time many godhra and babri masjid incidents would have happened. Shall we let this land of knowledge and sages burn till that day?
This country has an opposition that is purely religiously motivated – the BJP. This fact is not hidden from anyone today that Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a close ally of BJP, were responsible for the gujarat mishap. What good is a religion that’s bent on destroying national heritage and monuments that are 400 years old – I’m talking of babri masjid and the role played by Bajrang Dal in the same. These are only a few recent instances where religion has shown it’s ugly face. There are numerous other examples too – the partition in 1947, the golden temple issue, ’93 blasts in mumbai, the J&K issue…….the list in never ending.
Religions were made to teach the way to reach god. But considering how they have been used, today religion itself challenges the existence of god. I guess religion exists so that men can commit sin and still live without guilt.
The world has been continuously plagued by terrorism which is nothing but a religious issue. And as long as we have scars of religious ambitions entrenched in our hearts – no country is safe and no boy or girl innocent.
How can we expect our nation to be a superpower someday when communities here are suppressed on religious grounds. Dr Kalam has aptly said that when a country ceases to think, small minds overpower it. There is only one hope that can address this issue – good education. And it remains our unfulfilled duty towards india to educate the masses about the metaphysics of religion.
In the words of Dalai Lama – “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple, the philosophy is kindness.”
Till then, it remains adversity in diversity here.

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