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Are We Secular or Multicultural?

Are we Secular or Multicultural

Is Bharat a Secular Country ? Or are we better off, being a Multicultural Country ? What's the difference, you would think ? Is it Right ?

The difference is hypocrisy and the lack of it. A country with 83 % of Hindu population wants to show to the world that we care for everybody else, so much, that we are shy of embracing our own dominant religion, Hinduism, even if one of our names is Hindustan.

Western countries do not pretend to be secular, they wear their religion on their sleeves. All the government machinery celebrate Christmas openly and with great fanfare. We see decorations, public celebrations, Christmas trees in all government offices. Ministers and members of parliament openly celebrate their official festival, with no false pretence of being secular.

Western countries have more immigrants than Hindustan. It is very common to see all kinds of people, from all over the world, living side by side, many times not even knowing each other's names for years.

Yet, these countries never call themselves " Secular ", they call themselves " Multicultural " societies. They respect all religions, give just about sufficient freedom to celebrate different religions, but nobody misses the ever present undercurrent.. that they live in a Christian country. No matter what your numbers are, you do not get a holiday on Diwali or New Year's Day or Eid or Vaisakhi.

Why is there a Christmas Holiday in India ? Why do 97 % people stay home, just because 3 % of the population is celebrating Christmas ? The numbers just don't add up. When we do the campaign in western countries to declare Diwali a holiday, we are told that we respect you, but the numbers are not enough to grant a holiday.

Can we show such common sense courage ? No other country provides Huj Subsidy to Muslims, and give so many doles to minorities like Hindustan does. Secularism in India often means minority appeasement and Hindu bashing.

Another example, no western country allows a Hindu or a Non Christian to become it's Prime Minister or President. You can become a MP, a Minister but that's it. Can't go beyond that, unless you convert. There are plenty of examples in the US. Be it Nikki Haley or Bobby Jindal or someone else.

In India, it's a free for all. Anybody can become anything and do anything. After all, we are secular and a democracy, you know.

It's high time India drop this secular mask, embrace it's roots, take pride in it's history and call itself a Hindu nation, with multicultural population. By being fake secular, we do not stand for anything. and when we do not stand for anything, we fall for anything and that is exactly what is happening right now.

Author: Vipul Jani ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Published: May 21, 2013

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