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Read Jayant Sinha’s article ‘Our Religious Democracy’ (‘First Side’ – May 10). It is unnecessary and ridiculous to try to show directly that we have a pre-existing modern, constitutional ‘democracy’ by looking directly at the Ramayana, Bhishma in the Mahabharata, Yudhisthira, the economics of Kautilya and the teachings of the Buddha.

(1) When Bhishma was preaching to Yudhisthira on the mountain of peace, that is, in his last days, ‘the happiness of the rulers is in the happiness of his people ..’ etc., he simply became ‘ideal’. In fact, it never happens, this fact can be seen in the life of Bhishma in the Mahabharata. Although Yudhishthira was more deserving of the title of Yuvaraja than Duryodhana, and popularly favored, even Bhishma could do nothing but be helpless in front of Dhritarashtra’s blind son. That is, what the king liked more than the people was important, and so it happened.

(2) No matter how proud it may seem to say that ‘non-violence’ has been here since the time of the Mahabharata, which is directly linked to the Western basic concept of respect for all living beings, leading to human rights. Many incidents in the Mahabharata itself have been overlooked that depriving anyone of freedom is a violent act ‘against the principle of non-violence’! For example, the Pandava prince himself loses his ‘freedom’ in gambling, becomes a ‘slave’ of the courtiers, and sits helplessly in court, waiting for his wife’s deadly humiliation. This basically meant the concept of ‘slavery’, a practice that existed in society at the time. If occasionally the prince had to accept slavery, he could not resist it!

‘(3)’ Ahimsa paramo dharma: ‘is proclaimed as a sentence in the Gita, -‘ Vinashaya cha duskrtam ‘,’ Hato wa propsyasi sarvaga jitva wa bhokshyase mahim ‘,’ Tasmat uttishtha kaunteya yuddhaya sayings of gratitude: ‘forgotten. No matter how lasting the value of non-violence is the lyrical message is to fight against iniquity when the time comes to establish religion.

There is no need to consciously (forcibly?) Combine our ancient culture and traditions with the values ​​of modern democracy and call it ‘our religious democracy’. What does it mean to be proud of our ancient culture? There is no need to attach a certificate of modernity to her upbringing.

– Srikanth Patwardhan, Kandivali (Mumbai)

Saying ‘Satyameva Jayate’, the pillow of truth ..

‘Our religious democracy!’ This is Jayant Sinha’s story and the ‘secular’ Indian who exposed the contradictions in it. After reading Yashwant Manohar’s article (Lok Satta, May 10) some facts about Jayant Sinha’s article came to light –

It is a known fact that the ruling BJP and Sangh Parivar are constantly attacking the secularism in the constitution. This is not enough, this article looks at the task of ending secularism by making democracy ‘religious’.

The first democratic principle of inseparable human rights flowed directly from the most important moral virtue of Indian civilization. He also said that Indian civilization is unique among world cultures. However, history has shown that the human rights of millions of untouchables and Shudras have been at stake for thousands of years. Can such a civilization really be ‘unique’ in the world?

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s reference to Buddhism in the context of the Constitution shows that he embraced the human values ​​of this religion in the Constitution. At the same time, they did not accept in the constitution any part of Hinduism which is an integral and foundation of caste / caste system, untouchability. Images of Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmana, Sita (and other religions) are in the original copy of the Constitution to show the cultural diversity of India. Neither the Constitution nor democracy can be guaranteed to be religious. It would be misleading for an author who writes about post-independence monarchy to say, “We are all commanded to follow religion, no matter how rich, poor, weak or strong.” This is because the Constitution does not give such an order even though the respective religion has given an order to follow the religion. On the contrary, according to Article 25, the Constitution gives religious freedom to every citizen. By exercising this right, citizens can practice their religion and renounce any unwanted religion and accept any other religion or thought. Dr. An example of this is Babasaheb Ambedkar’s conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism.

There is not only ‘monarchy’ over feudal power, but also moral control over the control and balance maintained by the assembly of priests and scholars (priests). However, in the feudal system of India, the majority of the people, the Shudras / Atishudras, have no right to be in power or to be ‘priests’ or ‘scholars’.

Referring to ‘Satyameva Jayate’, the author said, ‘Those with executive powers must tell the truth about their actions.’ However, the reality is clear from the occasional statement made by our Prime Minister and his ‘family’ over the past seven or eight years. The latest example is the ongoing controversy with the World Health Organization over the number of Kovid deaths.

– Uttam Jogdand, Kalyan

Leave this mission to follow the words of Kautilya

Read BJP Lok Sabha member Jayant Sinha’s article ‘Our Religious Democracy’ (May 10). The happiness of the ruler lies in the happiness of his people. The rulers do not care if they like it, ”he said. If we are to accept Kautilya’s promise that ‘the king should use his power and strength justly for his son or for his enemies in accordance with his merits’, we must also look at the actions of such violent provocative ministers. . Will this party leave this mission to be cozy with so many faces?

– Prabha Purohit, Jogeshwari (Mumbai)

Fadnavis in Shiv Sena Radebaj field?

After reading Madhu Kamble’s article (May 9), ‘Shiv Sena game in BJP arena’, some questions arise. State Opposition Leader Devendra Fadnavis attributed the demolition of the Babri Masjid to the BJP-Sangh Parivar. Not only that, you can do wonders through this article. Educated (?), Cultured (?), Polite (?) Etc. Why did Fadnavis himself not implement this demand when he was the Chief Minister himself, cursing the Shiv Sena for demanding the removal of horns on Recon mosques in a public meeting? Maharashtra Day is the day of the Fadnavis meeting! Let the bright, prudent, intellectual tradition of Maharashtra live on; But did Fadnavis not remember Ram Kapase, Rambhau Malgi and others while making vicious statements? Is the arrogance of demolition of Babri Masjid compatible with constitutional values?

Fadnavis has been the sole breadwinner for the Maharashtra BJP for the past five years. Who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislature? Why don’t intellectuals like Madhav Bhandari in the BJP come close? Now looking at the riots going on around Fadnavis .. it is sad to think that the BJP is mainly targeting Maharashtra.

The Shiv Sena remains in question. ‘Bahujanwadi Hindutva’ is the ‘DNA’ of this party. The ultimate advantage of this is to the Shiv Sena. Second, it is childish to think that the Shiv Sena was unaware of this Hindu affiliation when it was leading the Congress-NCP Mahavikasana. The Shiv Sena and the Congress-NCP have pursued a ‘at least equal program’ by thwarting attempts to create an atmosphere of riots. And yet they are determined to follow it, so why should they be surprised if they ignore the speaker? The silence of the Congress-NCP is temporary, it is for the benefit of Maharashtra!

– Srirang K. Bhatwadekar, Thane



2022-05-10 18:32:00

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