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Real agenda of communal groups in India is to eliminate democracy, says activist
Date:27/06/2009 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2009/06/27/stories/2009062756220600.htm Back
INSIGHT: Ram Punyani, former Professor of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, delivering a lecture in Madurai.
MADURAI: Terrorism is not a product or an outcome of religion but the socio-politico-economic conditions related to the religion, said Ram Punyani, an anti-communal activist and former Professor of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Delivering a special lecture, ‘Religious Fundamentalism- The Bane of Future India,’ here on Wednesday, Mr. Punyani went back to the days of freedom movement and recalled that it was in Madurai that the Mahatma decided to stop wearing modern clothes and adorned the attire of the peasantry class and the downtrodden of the nation, thus symbolising the conditions of the poor. It was Gandhi’s genius that made the nation come together.
It was highly ironical to find that Gandhi, being a supporter of Sanatan Dharma, was against the idea of a Hindu nation whereas Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a non-practicing Muslim, asked for an Islamic republic. He said that religion remained a multi-factorial phenomenon, and homogeneity the life pattern of members of different religious groups. Religious values did not clash with each other but supplemented one another. Clashes started when religion was exploited for political purposes.
During the freedom movement, the rising classes, which comprised the Indian National Congress, Republican Party of India and Bhagat Singh’s Hindustan Socialist Republic Association, functioned on the commonality that they had no basis on religion but on nation. However, on the other hand, declining classes, which had Muslim League and Hindu Maha Sabha, had its basis on religion and nation, he said.
The rising classes had every section of the social order represented but on the other hand the declining classes had a few section of the elites and religious groups in mind.
Prof. Puniyani opined that problems of fundamentalism had decreased to some extent and the defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the elections would not end the communal problems of India.
The real agenda of the communal groups in India was to eliminate democracy. Secular forces must bring back the social agenda where a condition was attained, making the Dalits, adivasis, minorities, women and workers get fully represented.
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