Say No To Politics Of Hatred

Say No To Politics Of Hatred Fri, 07 Mar 2014

Say No To Politics Of Hatred

India is not just a country, it'€™s a philosophy that has been nourished by the collective wisdom of different religions over thousands of years. As a people, we are guided by our belief that all religions lead us to peace, harmony and universal brotherhood, and that humanity is the highest religion. We stand out as a nation and command global respect today because we have worked tirelessly to ensure that our spirit, the spirit of '€œVasudaiva Kutumbakam'€ (the world is one family) does not die.

It was this spirit that inspired the scripting of our Constitution, where secularism holds a central place. Our commitment to religious acceptance is reflected not only in our policies, but also in our popular culture. The people of our land are free to follow their own religion, and our values of religious pluralism make their chosen faiths even stronger. 

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru described our secular ideology thus: '€œWe talk about a secular state in India. It is perhaps not very easy even to find a good word in Hindi for '€˜secular.'€™ Some people think it means something opposed to religion. That obviously is not correct. What it means is that it is the state which honours all faiths equally and gives them equal opportunities; that, as a state, it does not allow itself to be attached to one faith or religion, which then becomes the state religion.'€

Unfortunately, there continues to be a Nathuram Godse lurking round the corner, preaching a philosophy of hate. Godse represented a poisonous ideology that snatched away Mahatma Gandhi from us. Advocates of that philosophy will not hesitate to bring down a masjid or a church. They won'€™t think twice before killing a Christian or a Muslim. They will do all they can to divide us.

Our fight against communalism and religious fanaticism is a tireless one. India'€™s secular and plural ethos has to be constantly defended from forces trying to spread hate and assert the supremacy of one religion over another.

Our spirit is stronger than the forces of hate. Together, we can decisively defeat extremism, but only if we stand as one. Vasudaiva Kutumbakam '€“ the world is one family

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