Secularism must not be tarnished

Kashmir Times. Dated: 1/21/2020 12:55:00 AM

Dear Editor,
India has got the distinction of being an all inclusive, all assimilating and all embracing society and the country. It is a secular democracy because its constitution has guaranteed its citizens freedom of religion and faith as well as cultural and educational rights. Nothing should be done to undermine the plural and secular image of the nation. Ours is an inclusive society and polity and the forces detrimental to the communal harmony should not be allowed to tarnish the secular image and inclusive character of the country. In any case both the rulers and the opposition parties should work for cementing the bonds of love and brotherhood between different communities and should not incite the gullible people of the country for petty politics. There is no divided opinion about the fact that dissent is the very breath and soul of a democracy and the supreme court of India has held that in a vibrant democracy dissent is a necessary condition and therefore is the beauty of a democracy. This truth should be recognized and followed for the successful functioning of democracy. This is in the interest of the rulers, the ruled and the opposition as well.
—Omkar Dattatray,
Retired education officerSecularism must not be tarnished
Dear Editor,
India has got the distinction of being an all inclusive, all assimilating and all embracing society and the country. It is a secular democracy because its constitution has guaranteed its citizens freedom of religion and faith as well as cultural and educational rights. Nothing should be done to undermine the plural and secular image of the nation. Ours is an inclusive society and polity and the forces detrimental to the communal harmony should not be allowed to tarnish the secular image and inclusive character of the country. In any case both the rulers and the opposition parties should work for cementing the bonds of love and brotherhood between different communities and should not incite the gullible people of the country for petty politics. There is no divided opinion about the fact that dissent is the very breath and soul of a democracy and the supreme court of India has held that in a vibrant democracy dissent is a necessary condition and therefore is the beauty of a democracy. This truth should be recognized and followed for the successful functioning of democracy. This is in the interest of the rulers, the ruled and the opposition as well.
—Omkar Dattatray,
Retired education officer

 

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