Where the mind is without fear and the head held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action;
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
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- Right to equality: Which includes equality before law, prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, gender or place of birth, and equality of opportunity in matters of employment, abolition of untouchability and abolition of titles.
- Right to food; every citizen has right to food, which include right to non-veg food as well
- Right to freedom: Which includes freedom of speech and expression, assembly, association or union or cooperatives, movement, residence, and right to practice any profession or occupation (some of these rights are subject to security of the State, friendly relations with foreign countries, public order, decency or morality), right to life and liberty, protection in respect to conviction in offences and protection against arrest and detention in certain cases.
- Right against exploitation: Which prohibits all forms of forced labour, child labour and traffic of human beings
- Right to freedom of religion: Which includes freedom of conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion, freedom to manage religious affairs, freedom from certain taxes and freedom from religious instructions in certain educational institutes.
- Cultural and Educational rights: Preserve the right of any section of citizens to conserve their culture, language or script, and right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.
- Right to constitutional remedies: Which is present for enforcement of Fundamental Rights.
- Right to life: Which gives the right to live with human dignity. This includes rights such as right to clean environment, water, education, health, livelihood, shelter and basic amenities that the state shall provide.
- Right to education: It is the latest addition to the fundamental rights
The recent bloke who was arrested for fraud and a scandalous sex tape is not the first or the last of the God Men, to be accused or caught. The world is full of quacks, and they flock the religious of all faiths. They seem to find hallowed ground to breed and exist to cure a disease that almost all humans have. A disease that harbors strange mix of compassion, guilt and fear. We give because it helps soothe our souls, and free us from guilt we give because we are afraid, and finally we also give sometimes because we do care. In anycase, these fraudsters know these inane qualities and quickly gain mastery over poor souls.
I used to think, growing up, that we, Indians were ideal candidates for a prey, thanks to their low literacy and education levels and our sense of god and religion. The Hindu religion is peculiar, in advocating the use of a guru or guide to help attain moksha. This is no way, should be construed as freedom for people to be cheated or as a passport to cheat. Coming to America, showed me that the Christian religion has its own share of swamis, who grow rich on the mercies of rich and poor Christians. It also shattered the concept that education and literacy, will alleviate this situation, pitifully not. The symptoms seem to be same, immaterial of the level of wealth, education or mental faculties etc.
I can never bring myself to look upon a godmen without suspicion. So much so that, the only person i got see or observe at close quarters, and to some extent hold some reverence and respect, also did not completely measure up to be worthy of worship or veneration. Rather i couldnt bring myself to lookup on him in that role, and for that matter anyone in such a role.
This attitude is easily handled by the faithful – they identify this as ego, disrespect, atheist, etc. It also calls for punishment, of consequence dire that will befall upon you. The faithful and the protagonist will appeal to every single emotion that one possess to convince you, to conform. And like they say, we are mere humans, that any small pain, that follows, would seem like the deliverance of the dire consequences that was so promised. And soon another barrier has been broken, one more to join the ranks.
Who is to be blamed in this ritual? The fake swamis or evangelists who seek only to fulfill their own desires and wants. Or the poor lost souls, who look for support and sustenance, to overcome problems, from anybody. Why else would they believe that an ordinary fruit is special when granted by a man in ocher garbs? Why should they believe that they need a medium to communicate to a god? And so, why turn scorn on these sellers of faith, when all they are doing is milking an opportunity. And also not very different from an average politician who hoodwinks his voters. Or large corporations that lie about their product.
Caveat emptor! Unfortunately these two words are only taught in law schools.
Today, i watched a movie, Parzania. It was based on true incidents surrounding the riots in Gujarat in 2002. I had bought this movie, but since i knew the premise, i was afraid to watch it, because it would disturb me. After almost year of possessing the video disc, i finally watched it yesterday. While the movie ends with a positive note. It is surreal ending, is not so, because in life, people do manage to consume their grief and move on. This is not so much about the movie, as it is about the riots.
For years now, i have been wondering why India suffers from so much of religious turmoil. Since Independence we have lost so many lives to the issue of religion and differences as perceived by the people. It has also helped fuel the cause of internal terrorism, just as it seems to have helped the efforts of terrorists from outside our borders. We have very many different reasons to fight, but invariably these differences do not cause people to do so, until they are led and powered by mobs. And these mobs are created and let loose by politicians and other criminals.
After all these years of riots and investigations into these riots, we seem not able to quell it or control it. It stems, according to me, simply because the government of the time, does not have a back bone and lets mob fury dictate law and order. Government today and from the yester-years, loose their will or do not show their will to stop it from happening. Or when it happens it does not punish the perpetrators of the crime. It simply allows one injustice to overtake another, providing cover to different groups and communities. All in the name of appeasment, garnering more votes and winning the next election.
The republic we call India, simply has done nothing to protects its citizens from crimes committed by the majority or the minority.
Gujarat was a shame. But more importantly Gujarat was just one of the many incidents. There have been many before, and there have been many after, as recent as the one in Orrisa and now in Karnataka, in the name of indian culture. My guess there will be many more in the years to come, since no one has attempted to solve the problem. I wonder how long we will be able hide this under the carpet.