The "Unsecular" India


Lying on the couch today I was thinking about the morning news of murder of an Indian women and a seven year old son in New Jersey, US and the increasing xenophobia among americans after the Donald Trump assuming office of president there. I know US has history of crimes against foreigners but over the years they have nearly lost their voice but with the election of a pro-cultural president the monster is again wide awake and ready to eat anything that could harm the economy of america (secretly the culture of it).   

Let America aside, the xenophobic attitude is no less prevalent in India – grab a newspaper and you could find at least one such incident easily. When the governance in India is moving towards setting a particular religion as its national religion with increasing atrocities against other minority people, I am wondering what would an “unsecular” India be?

The unsecular India could definitely solve a lot of problems which are prevalent in today’s India. First of all, the vote bank politics would have the hardest hit at least which are based on religion. Communal clashes happening here and there would become a thing of past. Since a single religion would dominate the society there would be harmony in the society because of similar and overlapping ritual and cultural practices.

When we analyses the different costs, one cost we often ignore is the psychological cost. What is psychological cost? I don’t know what it really is, it is a term I myself have created (maybe). It is the cost we secretly pay without even being aware of or it is the cost of social stigma and discrimination on human mind and behaviour. Ask a girl how see feels in a bus full of boys. The pressure which she forget as soon as she step out of the bus has a long lasting effect on her productivity in workplace and her behaviour. This is the psychological cost to me. In a society which have same religion and cultural norms, they would live more happily and the psychological cost would be less which means that their productivity will improve.

In an unsecular India the half of the problems emerging out because of different religions and mixing of cultures would lose their significance so the Govt. could focus more effectively on the more important issues. For example, due to differences in Muslim and Hindu marriages law, Court faces a daily dilemma. Before passing an act in parliament, needs of minority section has to be taken care of which makes the process slow and many a times inadequate and improper. These hurdles would be gone.

In a broader sense the “Unsecular India” seems like a perfect India to almost everyone. But will it really be? I mean will every person belonging to a single religion live in harmony? I doubt so, because everything can be divided into infinite smaller things. Until the discovery of electron it was believed that atom can’t be divided further more but after the discovery of quarks even proton could be divided further. What we are presently seeing is India as an atom and falsely believing that it couldn’t be further divided once a particular religion dominated it. But the truth is that, once India become non-secular it could further be divided into. Suppose, India becomes an Hindu nation, then it could divide in traditional caste system of Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Sudra and Untouchables. Furthermore, it could divide based on the worshiping of gods or even the coffee and tea drinkers (seriously I am not kidding seeing the present trend). So just like a never ending value of an irrational number, a society could also be divided irrationally to infinite smaller things and the people can be discriminated against.

When India wins a cricket match all the Indians unite together. You could see muslims, christians, hindus, jains etc. rejoicing together. What united them? India winning a cricket match. Maybe we need more such things like cricket which unite communities together.

It is nature’s law to move towards randomness and disorder (Law of Entropy), history is the proof that no civilization could survive on its own and there has always been cross connections and movements among them.

So will an unsecular India good enough? Will it be a panacea for all the problems India faces today? I don’t know, Let’s see where would it lead us.

– Shashikant Singh

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