We The People Of India: Divided By Religion United by The Constitution
The preamble of our constitution declares that the people of India gave themselves and adopted the constitution of our country. Nobody knew what religion these people belonged to Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Parsi etc. They were people of India, they knew only one thing i.e. “We the people of India.” India is most diverse nation be it geographically or culture wise. Indians are known for their acceptability, flexible and tolerant nature. So, why there is such a havoc in the country? Does that mean we have lost our specialty of being flexible and tolerant? Or it is just a gimmick of the politicians to avail the vote bank?
Divided By Religion United by Constitution
Through our constitution we adopted secularism. ‘Secularism’ means that India does not have a religion of its own. Every religion is treated equally in India.
Art. 14 of our constitution enshrine equality to every citizen of India regardless of religion. When India got freedom in 1947, the people were living in harmony and unity. Since the political intervention in the society increased, the division among the people of India also increased. The basic motto of the political parties was the divide and rule policy which they might have adopted from the British Empire. They are using the same policy till now.
At one point when our constitution is trying to unite us all, the politicians who have the responsibility to represent the people of the country are dividing us. Be it the communal riots of 1992 after Babri Masjid demolition or 1984 Sikh massacre or Gujarat Riots in every event there was active participation of political parties.
Total Political Boycott Is Not The Solution
Total ignorance of politics cannot be the solution to this problem but people of our country must apply their right of proper thinking. According to the Constitution, all power is in the hands of people of India this is the sole reason why we have adopted the democratic form of government. More power is given to the people by the constitution than any other system. People have fundamental rights, the power to vote through an adult franchise, Judicial system, legislature, executive etc. But all they need is a way to use it for their own benefit and benefit of the nation.
– Adv. Devyani Bhati
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