Indian Secularism is not secular

For years I did not know what opportunities to practice equanimity I had missed, till I finally got a TV set some 3 years ago. In the beginning, I certainly did not remain calm under all circumstances. What intense emotions in just an hour of listening to panelists on the news channels! However, slowly I learned to sit back. I could admire the quick-wittedness and the amazing ability to talk or rather shout while listening.

These anchors and panelists are no doubt intelligent, nevertheless their choice of topics is often pathetic, and they get some points consistently wrong. One such point is ‘secular’ or ‘secularism’. Since secularism is mentioned daily in Indian media and since it is a western ‘invention’, I would like to put it into perspective:

Contrary to the general perception in India, secular is not the opposite of communal. Communal as such is not objectionable either. It simply means ‘pertaining to a community’. In Germany, elections to local bodies are called “communal elections” (Kommunalwahlen).

Secular means temporal or worldly and is opposite to ‘religious’. Now ‘religious’ in this context refers to Christianity, i.e. to a well-organized, dogmatic religion that claims that it is the sole keeper of the ‘truth’, which God himself has revealed to his Church.

And what is this revealed truth? In short: the human being is born in sin, which dates back originally to Adam and Eve. But fortunately, some 2000 years ago, God had mercy on humanity and sent his only son Jesus Christ to earth to redeem us by dying for our sins on the cross, then rising from the dead and going back to his father up in heaven. However to be able to get the benefit of Jesus’ sacrifice, one must be baptized and become a member of the Church, otherwise one will be singled out for eternal hell on Judgment Day.

Understandably, such claims did not appeal to those who used their brains, but for many centuries they had to keep quiet or risk their lives.  The reason was that for long the Church was intertwined with the state, and  harsh laws made sure that people did not question the ‘revealed truth’. Heresy was punished with torture and death. Even in faraway Goa, after Francis Xavier called the Inquisition to this colony, unspeakable brutality was committed against Indians. In many Muslim countries till today, leaving Islam is punishable by death.

Significantly, those centuries, when Church and State were intertwined, when the clergy prospered and the faithful sheep suffered are called the dark ages. And the time when the Church was forced to loosen its grip, is called the age of enlightenment, which started only some 350 years ago. Scientific discoveries, which could no longer be brushed under the carpet, played a crucial role for showing the Church her place. Now, more Europeans dared to oppose the stranglehold of religion. Many went to prison for doing so.

Slowly, the idea that reason, and not blind belief in a ‘revealed truth’, should guide society, took root and this lead to the demand for separation between state and Church. Such separation is called secularism. It is a recent phenomenon in the west.

Today, most western democracies are ‘secular’, i.e. the Church cannot push her agenda through state power, though most western democracies still grant Christianity preferential treatment. For example in Germany, the Constitution guarantees that the Christian doctrine is taught in government schools. Further, the Churches have retained special labour laws that make it obligatory for Church employees (alone in Germany over one million) to conform to Christian norms. Nevertheless, the present situation is a huge improvement over the dark ages when one had to pretend to believe unbelievable dogmas.

In India, however, the situation was different. Here, the dominant faith of the Indian people never had a power centre that dictated unreasonable dogmas and needed to be propped up by the state. Their faith was based on insights of the Rishis and on reason, intuition and direct experience. It expressed itself freely in a multitude of ways. Their faith was about trust and reverence for the One Source of all life. It was about doing the right thing at the right time according to one’s conscience. It was about The Golden Rule: not to do to others what one does not want to be done to oneself. It was about having noble thoughts. It was about how to live life in an ideal way.

However, this open atmosphere changed when Islam and Christianity entered India. Indians, who good naturedly considered the whole world as family, were despised, ridiculed and under Muslim rule killed in big numbers only because they were ‘Hindus’ (which is basically a geographical term). Indians did not realise that dogmatic religions were very different from their own, ancient Dharma. For the first time they were confronted with merciless killing in the name of God. Voltaire, who fought the stranglehold of the Church in Europe, had accurately observed, “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities”.

Guru Nanak left a testimony how bad the situation was, when he cried out in despair: “Having lifted Islam to the head, You have engulfed Hindustan in dread…. Such cruelty they have inflicted, and yet Your mercy remains unmoved…” (Granth Sahib, Mahla 1.360 quoted from Eminent Historians by Arun Shourie).

During Muslim rule Hindus had to lie low for fear of their lives, and during British rule they were ridiculed and despised by missionaries, and cut off from their tradition with the help of ‘education’ policies. Naturally, this took a toll on their self-esteem. In fact, till today, this low self-esteem especially in the English educated class is evident to outsiders, though it may not be so to the persons concerned. Swami Vivekananda’s efforts to give Hindus back their spine did not impact this class of people. Nevertheless, it is a great achievement that Hindu Dharma survived for so many centuries, whereas the west succumbed completely to Christianity and over 50 countries to Islam in a short span of time.

Coming back to secularism. Though Hindu Dharma survived and never dictated terms to the state, ‘secular’ was added to the Constitution of India in 1976. There might have been a reason, as since Independence, several non-secular decisions had been taken. For example, Muslim and Christian representatives had pushed for special civil laws and other benefits and got them.

However, after adding ‘secular’, the situation did not improve. In fact the government seemed almost eager to benefit specifically the dogmatic religions (for which secularism was coined) and occasionally had to be restrained in its eagerness by the courts.

This is inexplicable.  Why would ‘secular’ be added and then not acted upon? And the strangest thing: ‘secular’ got a new, specific Indian meaning. It means today: fostering those two big religions which have no respect for Hindus and whose dogmas condemn all of them to eternal hell.

It is a sad irony. Can you imagine the Jews honouring the Germans with preferential treatment instead of seeking compensation for the millions of Jews killed? Yet Islam and Christianity that have gravely harmed Indians over centuries get preferential treatment by the Indian state, and their own beneficial dharma that has no other home except the Indian subcontinent, is egged out. And to top it, this is called ‘secular’!

Obviously Indians have not learnt from the European experience. Hindus have not yet realized the intention of the dogmatic religions, though they say it openly: Finish off Hinduism from the face of the earth. Hindus still ‘respect’ them, though this respect is not and cannot be reciprocated as long as those religions claim that their God wants everyone to worship exclusively Him. Hindus don’t realize that an ideology that uses God as a front does not become sacred, but all the more dangerous.

Media and politicians do their best to muddy the water. They call parties that represent a religious group, ‘secular’, instead of ‘religious;’ which would be the correct term. When the state gives in to demands by the big religious bullies it is also (falsely of course) called ‘secular’. But WHY would the government do this? It clearly plays with fire. Does it want to give its citizens a firsthand experience of what the dark ages were like? In the interest of all Indians it would be wise for the state to simply ignore the powerful, dogmatic religions and focus on all its citizens equally. This means being ‘secular’.

However, western secular states are not role models either. There is a lot of depression, drug abuse, alcohol and people are generally not happy in spite of doing everything to ‘enjoy life’. Here, India has an advantage over the west. Her rishis have left a great heritage of valuable treatises not only dealing with how to live life in an ideal way, but also how to conduct economy, politics, management, etc. If those guidelines are considered, and if India becomes a state based on her ancient dharma, she has good chances to regain the lost glory as the wealthiest and most advanced country in the world whose citizen are open-minded and contented. If not, probably the west discovers this treasure trove and adopts it…..first.

by Maria Wirth



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  2. Very well said Maria. India needs more foreign authors who can write about the plight of Hindus in their own country and the damage British and Mughal have done to us. If any Indian writes this,he will be branded communal immediately by the Indian Media like Burqa Dutt, Rajdeep, Sagarika, Arnab Goswami.

    Please help us.

    1. Sid,
      why are you worried if you are branded as communal when you know you are not? Please stand up to those so called seculars. They don’t have arguments and will resort to shouting. My neighbour, a communist with a Brahmin name, calls me RSS pracharak. Never mind….

      1. Very well said! In the last one and a half years I have won every argument with the “liberal/secular’ brigade. Their problem is- they are so convinced of the infallibility of their position that they have forgotten putting together a decent argument, taking a fact based position and being in touch with the global socio-political milieu.
        @Sid- The road less ravelled is never easy. Mind you, you may get branded a ‘communal’, even lose some warmth in friendships and endure other hardships! As Gandhi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”!

    2. Pl let us not glorify scums like Arnab,Barkha and others as though they are learned. They’re simple employees fronting for their masters

      1. nityasoori · ·

        It is becoming increasingly fashionable for these media pathogens to gossip during prime times engaging mostly the political parasites in a high decibal chaos of meaningless debates! The audience too waste their time listening to the useless rants of these good for nothing passtimes!

  3. manoj ahuja · · Reply

    An eye opener – great knowledge and thorough analyses. Wish your article reaches the political class of India and has some impact on them, who go to any extent in denegrading their own religion, hinduism and dividing the Hindus for their smallest political gains. Let us hope Prime Minister Modi may take some cues on secular and communal nomenclature and provide the lost honour for Hinduism among the Hindus and provide some justice to the community by thus uniting them.
    Jai Hindu.
    Garv se kaho hum Hindu hain.
    With Pride shall we say, we are hindus, among the most logical, researched and tollerant religion (community).

    1. Consider the irony- if we say with pride that we are Hindus, we are dubbed supremacists!!

  4. Wow…at last a modern day writer from west has understood how Indians have been foolish for centuries and how they are degrading themselves in the name of secularism when everyone else is opportunistic. Not a single Indian media personality will write this truth because they are being secular and do not want to hurt the sentiments of converted Christians and Muslims. Fantastically written.

  5. N R Deshpande · · Reply

    Waw! Maria explained in simple words the most complicated topic in India. Long back, during my college days I read ” To know India we have to go foreign”. Maria proved. It is time for Hindus take cue from the author and try to regain our glory

  6. Maria Thanks for your blog. Enjoyed reading it . In a lighter vein it was rumored that Hitler asked his intelligent folks to rummage indian scriptures and got many ideas including the nuclear bomb from these . Gurukul education of a few years in the past was enough for a man to earn his livelihood . Now he has no skills after wasting his youth . In the past not much mention of poverty .a rare few but there were reasons assigned to them ( sudama. harishchandra etc ). sickness was never life threatening but due to age- body’s limitation . One good thing hope it survives though it is being attacked by materialism. Honesty ,work, respect and compassion for people . It was good to hear from President of USA asking US citizens to serve the community & seva hopefully is still in the genes of Indians. PM Modi simplified this for children, if you stop wasting or saving resources you are serving the nation . Sanskars are equally necessary . Pray that this generation puts derailed India on track. we need more people like you who can cut through stones in a gentle manner . Thank You once again maria. God Bless You

    1. Very nice comment, for a very nice article. In fact all the articles of Ms Maria Wirth are an eye opener and thought provoking even for most of the Hindus who read them.
      Manoj Ahuja

    2. krupakaran · · Reply

      it is quite appropriate that you should mention Hitler, Obama and Modi together. Obama is a stooge of the military-industrial complex that has first created islamic militancy through saudi arabia and then uses it as a pretext to bomb and destroy countries which allow non-western countries access to their oil. Modi’s sweet words to children are entirely hypocritical, as there are serious accusations against him , presently under consideration of Gujarat High Court.

      1. Mr. Krupakaran, Pl. behave like matured! First of all, this blog is not meant for discussing about Mr. Modi or Mr. Obama.

        Even your comments about case against Mr. Modi, what is there in suing against anybody? I can, you can also file on anybody. What matters is the verdict from the Court. Wait until that then comment on appropriate blog!

      2. Manohar sharma · ·

        Krupakaran is the example of the mindset that prevails in indian seculars
        They love to portray him as a demon. This is also what the missionaries and foreign funded NGOs have been slyly promoting. The SC monitored SIT declaring him not guilty be damned. Twelve years of indian main stream media has been relentlessly pursuing him and they have nothing to show in the form of credible evidence
        Yet this mindset goes on. Modi’s main flaw has been to tighten the illegal missionary activities.Thats why this biased views appear.
        Here we are talking of principles of life and these pseudo seculars bring in their minds full of unjust and unfair views

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  8. Khushboo Singh · · Reply

    Very well-written and insightful write-up. You have so beautifully described what has been forgotten by the very own people of this country. Thanks you!

  9. krishnaswami · · Reply

    A very fine summery about Hinduism and Secularism. The alien religion based rulers who ruled India for centuries before independence and thereafter by rulers who just followed the foot steps of foreign rulers in Indian fashion have converted the Indian brain into clay. There are very few to understand the real meaning of Secularism. Only hope is on Modi now. Let us see.

  10. Raman Sehgal · · Reply

    Great Article. One must also read Dr. Elst – another friend of Hindus. He too is great.

  11. Beautifully analyzed… you have hit the nail on the head Maria

  12. nityasoori · · Reply

    The average Indian-Hindu has today the least awareness of his heritage and the real values of Sanatana Dharma. False values of Materialism have taken possession of his ego and intelligence making him suffer in the lowest self-esteem. He has degenerated to the level of brazenly destroying his own identity of Self!

    1. Manu Solankey · · Reply

      Enjoyable reading. Kudos Maria. For long it is known that two religions i.e Christianity and Islam are dogmatic and grow, one by proselytization and the other by proliferation, only to keep edge over the other. Crusades of middle ages are empirical indicators to this mindset. Hinduism was never a religion than a amazingly organised way of leading social and professional life in a bygone era of Indus valley civilisation much before the advent of term “nation state”.
      The word Secularism was coined by Jacob Holyoake in 1851 in an attempt to define the social order as distinct from religious order of the milieu existing then. There was exactly no need of such bifurcation in olden India based on Dharma and Vedas. And now in India this very word ” secularism ” has lost its meaning. What Indians follow is “sham-secularism” or at best “pseudo- secularism”. This whole Indian irony can perhaps be best described by an Indian proverb ” Kauwa chala Hans ki chaal,
      Apni chaal bhi bhool gaya” , roughly meaning….Imitations may be misleading at times.

  13. A religion has one founder, one book set down at a fixed time, divides people into believers and non believers (eg Kafir or Pagan). Fundamentalist are people who follow THE book literally taking it and no other as THE word of God. Hindus or Aryans have no founder, no book, do not divide people into believers and non believers, have been around since man began to think some 10000+ years ago. They gave rise to Math and language, Zero a concept of non existence is at the heart of Hindu Dharma. Sanskrit and Math have their roots in Hindu Dharma. Hindus practice Dharma for which there is no word in english. Hindus have hundreds of Gods and as many books and each individual is FREE to follow his conscience. Hindus instead perch Karma, that is, each persons action or act in life creates consequences, immediately, tomorrow, next year or next birth. Actions with good consequences where logically laid out such as LOVE PEACE FORGIVENESS CHARITY HUMILITY EGO SELFISHNESS BRAVERY FEARLESSNESS TRUTH KNOWLEDGE OF SCRIPTURES etc Hindus are true to such pagan beliefs of both ancient Roman and Greece. Hence is the oldest civilization known to man.

  14. Your understanding of India’s cultural ethos before Islam and Christianity seems fair enough. But, the present scenario gets your goat and you want to become Hindus as communal, militant and proselyting as Muslims and others. Why??
    Will that make India more prosperous, Indians more humane and enlightened? No probably not. Your wish is see more Hindus displaced form lofty heights of Dharma and fall ito the communal trap. The connotation of word communal in Germany and India are bound to be different. To us a secular state is equidistant from all religions, with prejudice for and against none.

    1. i am glad you can see that Muslims and Christians are “communal, militant and proselytizing”. No, i certainly don’t want Hindus to become like that. i just want them to see the truth and not to appease those whose objective is to make Hinduism disappear from this earth. Appeasement is dangerous as it increases the clout of those inimical to India.

      Maybe you know Swami Vivekananda’s claim:
      “Every Hindu who leaves the Hindu pale is not only one Hindu less but also one enemy more.”
      if he said this today, he would be considered communal, wouldn’t he? It means Hindus got something wrong and don’t want to see the truth.

      1. Vivekananda’s assertion about one Hindu less and one enemy more is absurd and mocks both Dharma and Gita. Lord Krishna says in the Gita, ‘Yo mam sarvatra and sarvam che mayee pashyati, tasya aham na pranashyami sa mey na pranashyari.’
        Kaindly wait for its paraphrases. I leave to join my wife at lunch table.

  15. The sloka quoted above contains Lord Krishna’s assertion, unequivocal assertion, that one who sees Him everywhere and in everyone upholds Lord’s Glory and enjoys His protection. Elsewhere, the Gita declares, ‘ Vidya vinay sampanney brahimini gavi hastini shuni ch shwapakey ch panditeh sum darshineh’. Wise people treat as equal learned and polite Brahmins, cow, elephant, lowly person, and dog. Did not Vivekananda err in the example cited by you?
    Now to Dharma, its ten attributes are, namely, devotion, forgiveness, self restraint, non acquisitiveness, cleanliness, sense control, reason, learning, truthfulness and absence of anger. Nowhere is it said that such a code of conduct is Hinduism’s monoply or its trademark. It is a value system to which every soul has a right to tend, whether as a Hindu or a non Hindu.
    I shall be grateful if you could tabulate more lucidly your expectations of us unprovoked Hindus?

    1. Balaji Canchi Sistla · · Reply

      Sri Jitendra Kaushal

      At the outset, let me thank you on behalf of Ms. Maria, for your time before and after lunch for your extended views and in depth introspection of her writing.

      True and I am with you about the views you expressed. Tell me, do we need to be too aggressive towards non Hindus (as you felt or understood from her writing)? Let me also say this that, being a dog, if dog does not bark at least, forget about biting, who will keep it for vigilance for one’s house? Don’t we need to be careful, at least, to protect from being insulted or defamed? We need not to be ‘too aggressive’ but ‘too alert’ at least. Don’t you agree at least this? Where is the matter of provoking Hindus come here?

      As this Sloka goes,

      “Aakashat patitam toyam, yadha gachhati saagaram, sarva deva namaskara: Keshavam prati gachhati”

      which means, ‘just as every rain drop that falls from the sky flows into the Ocean, in the same way every prayer offered to any Deity flows to Kesava the Lord. Let others (non Hindus) pray any God, we don’t mind nor we are going to prevent. All we think is that those prayers also ultimately reach to the supreme power, the ‘Kesava’.

      We can always adjust but we can’t bear all the time, is the bottom line.

      1. Manohar Sharma · ·

        Though I agree with Kaushal ‘s views we need to learn that others only believe in killing or converting who do not believe their views. The freedom of thought that exists in Hinduism is absent in Abrahamic religions. Therefore a clear distinction needs to be made and understood

        Sent from my iPhone


      2. Sir, my reference book is Bhagwadgita. Therein Lord Krishna equates ‘yoga’ with equanimity and to that end He exhorts a man of reason ( budhi yukto ) to rise above deeds well or ill done and strive for equanimity which is key to proficiency at work.
        How can a people blessed with equanimity and master of their professions be at a risk from less gifted scatter brains? Must we stoop to their moral and spiritual level in a show bravado? Abandoning Dharma we wish to seek worldly success by Adharma?
        Substracting from our faith in a benign God we can not become more powerful slayers of the evil, can we?

      3. Balaji Canchi Sistla · ·

        True and well spoken Sri Jitendra Kaushal. I accept your views.

        All I want to say is, even ‘touch me not’ plant responds to someone by shrinking and closing its leaves when it is touched. Don’t we have that much responding power? Are we Hindus downgraded to beyond that level? Don’t we have that minimal reciprocation? Will it be still called as aggression?

        Sarvam Krushnaarpanam!

    2. True – the essence of everyone is the same. But why did Sri Krishna prod Arjuna to kill his kin? Even Duryodhana will reach the heaven for kshatriyas, (If i remember right, Krishna himself assured) but the fruit of his adharmic, unjust conduct had to reach him.

      as i grew up as a Christian, i know, but can’t accept that according to the Christian doctrine Hindus (and other non-Christians), never mind how good and dharmic they live, will burn eternally in hell. Most Europeans don’t believe this anymore (except those who get their livelihood from the Church..), but in India many Christians have been brainwashed badly to “safeguard” them from the Hindus and are very rigid.

      I asked in Germany some 40 person whether they believe that Hndus go to hell. nobody said yes. But when i asked 2 Indian Christians (one an IIT prof) they said “yes”. He had convinced already his parents to convert, but not his siblings.

      in religions where blind belief in unverifiable dogmas is demanded, the mind is being straight jacketed. Hindu Dharma is greatly preferable.

      1. You are an earnest seeker and are bound to have your soul shed all its senses generated drag and regain its pristine glory to attain Moksh.
        Gayatri Mantra, the most famous hymn from the Vedas is very illuminating about the main thrust of Hindu metaphysics. Om is uttered to focus on the Cosmic Reality, Braham. Then, noble god Sun’s power to illumine the earth, the outer space and the heaven is paid obeisance to. And finally an invocation is made in first person, plural, for sharpening of one’s mental processes after Sun’s inner fires.
        Clearly, it is a man’s communion with with his maker for a prayer for enlightenment. Interestingly, the prayer is in first person plural. A Hindu never prays for his or her individual benefit alone.

      2. Manohar sharma · ·

        Dear Kaushal
        To answer your question as to why Krishna asked Arjuna to kill.
        Please look at the situation,there are two armies facing each other as a result of failure of non fulfilment of conditions and further negotiations.The war is about to begin and the one of the Generals say he would not fight as his relations will get killed. Krishna told him to do his duty (killing was part of his duty).Imagine if it happens in Pak India war , if one of the indian Generals say he won’t fight for the same reasons of Arjuna (let me assure you it has never happened),then will you not advise him to fight (it will involve killing ,wouldn’t it)
        As you seem to be well versed in Geeta you know Krishna taught yoga to do ones duty with equanimity and then ones actions will not bind a man but liberate him. Which is the aim of life

  16. Dear Manohar Sharma
    Krishna told Arjun that ever moving wheel of time has brought together huge forces on the battle field to send many of them to death, irrespective of the fact whether Arjun and his soldiers kill them or not.
    Also, Arjun was a Kshatriya, of the warrior clan, and to do battle in the discharge of his kingly duty was his ‘swadharma’, which he could escape only at the peril of being branded a coward and invite ridicule and ignominy.
    After a two hour long dialogue with Krishna his friend and mentor, Arjun heeds his advice and goes to war with Kauravas, a situation that was not of his or his friend’s making. It was a hand forced on him by destiny and he chose to play it with all the finesse at his command.
    With 700 slokas, The Gita, is a small part of the 1 lakh slokas long the Epic Mahabharata.
    This dialogue is set in war like surrounding because its main thrust is on ‘nishkam karma’. Poet Vyas could have easily placed it in some Himalayan cave, but that would have been far less effective and would have been reduced to routine philosophical argument.
    Good wishes,
    Jitendra Kaushal

    1. Manohar sharma · · Reply

      My answer was only to your pointed question “why did Krishna ask Arjuna to kill ” If as per you it was wheel of time that brought the situation then Krishna and Arjuna were also part of same wheel of time and doing their duties

  17. vinay · · Reply

    Hinduism is the only religion which doesn’t spend money on conversions n also won’t force people to get India people hve freedom to practice any religion and worship any god, this is the beauty of hindutva.. v love people n peace but hatredness is being created by some terror groups in the name of religion.. v hve got lot of things to invent, explore n move forward with science rather than converting n forcing people to live in darkness…

  18. Too good! Even if the west does discover anything first, they will not be able to use the treatises properly as they are entwined with our philosophy, which goes against all the beliefs they are brought up with.

  19. amarnath · · Reply

    all true india

  20. Thailand is the only Hindu based culture which was never invaded by both Islam and Christians. So called secular India has a lot to learn from it

  21. What a brilliant blog by Ms.MARIA WIRTH.Thank u Ms.Maria !
    Every “Indians” should read. The idiotic secular Indians especially Hindu “secularists” should fall in shame to support their killers.

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  25. Subhalakshmi · · Reply

    Dear Maria,

    A great article indeed! By reading such posts I get awed by the foresight of our ancestors. They had the ability to even predict the false that is advocated by the masses will be considered the truth in Kali Yuga. However as a firm believer in the principles of this religion, I feel assured that this ”Hinduism”(originally Sanatana Dharma) will survive all dangers. It has no beginning and no end. As true followers, it is enough if people resist conversion and take more faith in who they are by nature (swabhava).

  26. DINESH SINGH · · Reply

    The writer having intensive and Pratical knowledge of India and Indian History Calture and Religion, We salute her for her efforts. She is true Ambassador of India to the world. May God bless her good health and long life.

    1. thank you

  27. Seems many people in India have yet to understand secularism, while some of them take pride in being able to export this vague and mysterious concept to countries like Nepal. The official India should examine whether Secularism is an exportable item……

  28. T VENKATESH · · Reply

    Well said msg which can make even an illiterate understand the meaning & context of word “Secular”

  29. sad to say, But a German (you) have a better understanding of India’s situation and nature of Indic religions than 80% of India’s English speaking intellectuals.
    I hope this 8000 years old civilization will get through this tough time too, as it has in the past.
    Best Wishes to you.

  30. What clarity in recognition of truth and real issues. Excellent piece of writing. The sickulars must wake up for truly secular Hinduism is no more a defencive and coy stuff. Its out to show truth with pride and without hesitation.

  31. ramachandransg · · Reply

    I feel madam maria is a godsend for our least some will see the truth.pity is many knoledgeble in gita quote it out of context and arrive at wrong deduction to suit their tamasic ,sleep,make merry.dont resist evil even if it threatens you and your generations.lord repeatedly stresses karma even for yogis.if you are a self styled yogi,do nishkamya(nishcommunal)karma.but karma(duty)should be done.dont run away from duty by misquoting gita.doing this you are misleading the rightious which is a sin.

  32. But look close, you will find Hinduism under present pro Hindu govt is paying back what Christians and Muslims had done to Hindus in the past. It is not at all a rule with the wisdom and light of the great rishis.

  33. This article is fantastic.

    1. Please feel free to share it

  34. No words to comment on your eye opener! Never you find such indepth analysis of a Topic that is buzzed around. Was shocked with the gap between the apparent and real meaning of ‘Secular’.


    1. Thank you for appreciating it

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