Secular India – retrospection

In every festive season called ‘elections’ in India since last two and a half decade the word from Indian preamble which sounds loudest is – Secularism. It seem to be the key word is gathering political parties together; often them who have known and marked ideological differences and who may have fought elections directly against each other and in many cases in the democratic process the citizens of India, while voting for one, has condemned the other. It makes me think secularism must be something so great that it is worth suspending democracy which is what these political alliance real sum up to. So decided to understand the deeper sense of secularism specially with respect to India. Just thinking aloud.

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60 & 1 Years After… war is not over yet

Happy Republic Day To Us All. It has been exactly one year since the last time I expressed myself through The Indian Nation. This is partly due to a self made goal to include only positive part about India. To add to the chain exactly a year later on the same sacred day here are extracts from two poem by renowned poet… Shri Ramdhari Singh “Dinkar” penned few years apart and depicts the thought and motivation of that time. Ironically It appears contemporary as well.

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The Story of Vande Mataram

The Song and the slogan Vandematram (Hail to thee O motherland), played a very prominent role in India’s struggle for freedom through out the twentieth century. The chanting of Vandematarm was the national cry form freedom. It continued to inspire generations of freedom fighters, thinkers and revolutionaries who lived and died chanting the mystical word.

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Gandhi Crucified?

Exactly One Hundred and Thirty Six Years ago a child was born in a small sea-shore town – Porbandar of Gujarat. Could any body expect then, what the future holds for this kid? Or more importantly, what future this kid holds for mankind in general and India in particular? Could any body have thought one day the ‘kid’ they are holding in their lap will become Bapu – The Father of the nation?

What he did, how he became Mahatma, why was he considered the prophet of Peace and Non-violence and the ambassador of mankind is a history now. And may pages (read MBs) of literatures will only prove insufficient to express Mahatma Gandhi. When he died on Jan 30th 1948, his death was unanimously considered as the second crucifixion of the history after that of Jesus Christ.

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The Trap we fell into

India was once the ‘golden bird‘. Mark Twain had remarked –

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, grandmother of legend, and great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only”.

So what happened? How the cradle of Human race and the grandmother of legend turned into a dominated colony of British rule. The answer lies here. And I suppose, every Indian must know this …

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