Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara – Here is Sri Periyava’s answer to the next question on secularism/socialism and our legislators….
Many Jaya Jaya Sankara to Smt. Savita Narayan for typing this up. Rama Rama
Question: By placing too much emphasis on secularism and socialism our leaders are, in my opinion, sowing seeds of scepticism among our masses. Don’t you think so? A sort of vacuum is being created in their lives.
His Holiness: Our Governments, both Central and State, are, I am afraid, not avowedly secular but aggressively so, where Hinduism is concerned. They are anxious to protect the interests of the religious minorities, not those of the majority community, against whom all discriminatory legislation in the regard to marriage, divorce, succession, worship in temples and so on is directed. Even our family planning seems to be meant exclusively for the Hindus who have recently achieved a 3% decrease in their numbers. Compare this figure with the 5% increase in the Muslim population. The Muslim population of Assam has been particularly on the increase. Frankly our legislators do not have the courage to alter the social or religious structure of the Muslims or the Christians. But they are always ready even to demolish the very base of the Hinduism.
Every Asian country has a state religion- Ceylon, Burma, Pakistan, Malaya. Only India has none. The secularism of our politicians is clearly directed against the Hindus who, being dangerously divided, lack strength. They have no leadership, no spokesman. So who can force Parliament to adopt Hinduism as a state religion? The Muslims, Christians, Parsis and the other minorities are powerful because they are well organised. Whenever the Hindus try to organise themselves, they are branded as communalists and their organisations are banned. Thus the majority community remains irredeemably demoralized. So far as Hinduism is concerned, our present rulers seem to be a much greater impediment than the British Viceroys ever were. Our leaders have a policy of appeasement for the religious minorities, and a policy of victimisation for the Hindus. I cannot understand them. Naturally, the influence of Hinduism on the lives of our masses is waning. But they can never forsake religion.