INDIA SANS ISMS

Despite being the most vibrant democracy of the world, India remains consistently under the threat of internal strife due to the nefarious designs of certain canny politicians who have made the situation complex dividing the society into umpteen sections on the basis of caste, colour, creed and what else not. What could be more unfortunate and insulting than a recording by a western traveller in his travelogue after visiting India that reads “It was quite surprising for me to find that there is no Indian living in India? The people living there introduced themselves as Bengalis, Tamils, Punjabis, Kashmiris and a lot more but not as Indians.” Therefore there is a dire need to acknowledge this quite alarming state of affairs and the Indian society as well as the government needs to take it seriously and initiate measures to address this most vital issue before it is too late. While secularism has been the topic of hot discussion in all political and social circles especially during the past few decades, it is the politicians who have come up with their novice interpretations of the word to suit their vested interests and interests of their respective parties. Unfortunately the politicians have been responsible for confining the word Secularism to religions alone and making every attempt to distort it for their personal and party gains. The framers of constitution were fully convinced that the Indian culture is based on true secularism and therefore they felt that there was no need to use the word secular in the constitution. It is pertinent to mention here that the word ‘secular’ was later incorporated in the preamble of the Constitution through a Constitutional Amendment with obvious political motives. Instead of wasting time in giving multiple interpretations to the word secularism we need to ponder over how to define ‘Indianism’ in the best possible way leaving no scope for inter-religious bickering or other isms. There is already full freedom including the freedom of religion enshrined in the Constitution for all the citizens of India and there is hardly any need for the politicians in connivance with the religious heads to create contradicting issues to serve their personal and political interests especially to maintain their respective vote banks. India belongs to Indians who constitute the nation. If India which is created by the Constitution which we the people have given to ourselves, has to survive, then it is only Indianism which has to be there and all other ‘isms’ have to disappear from the firmament of the country called India. “There was no need to bring in secularism in the Preamble of the Constitution, as this expression has evoked sharp reaction from a section of the population and divided people of the country into different pigeon holes of different isms.” This is a very significant observation made by the J&K High Court a few years ago that needs to be taken seriously by all the stakeholders in the society and make every effort to incorporate the spirit of this observation into the Constitution to remove the ambiguity or counter-productive effect of the term secularism or other isms. The best way out would be to replace the word secularism by Indianism which is most akin to nationalism and patriotism. There should be no reason for anybody to object to such amendment irrespective of the religious affiliation. All the right thinking persons across the nation belonging to any faith or sect will undoubtedly welcome this great move and would suggest a step further to bring in provisions to construe that any act or word that threatens such spirit of Indianism should be treated as unconstitutional and treason failing which not only black sheep raising anti-national slogans or issuing seditious statements will continue to be on the rise but there will be a persistent threat to the integrity of the nation.