Thursday, June 10, 2010

Faith-based fragmentation

Kendriya Vidyalayas are the best our public schooling system has to offer, their explicit mission to promote “national integration” and create a sense of “Indian-ness”. State-run schools are supposedly a separate sphere, where secular notions of citizenship are forged, and they should stay aloof from contending spiritual schools and missions. If the Brahma Kumaris are okay, why not outsource it to other faith-based groups as well?]

Communists got decimated in India because they consistently disregarded the perpetuation of castes quite obstinately. The Hindutva brigade, likewise, lulls itself with an imagined Hindu monolith, while the reality is that now people are fragmented into various neo-religious sects. Not to take note of this compartmentalization in the society is sheer foolhardiness. [TNM]

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