Friday, September 10, 2010
Religion is not untouchable
[Name immaterial, practice is what counts for being a Hindu: SC Times of India - Dhananjay Mahapatra - TNN, Sep 10, 2010, NEW DELHI:
Nearly 15 years ago the Supreme Court had found it tough to define Hinduism and had said it was a way of life. Now, it has found it equally difficult to crystallise who could be termed as a Hindu. …
Justice Dattu, writing the judgment for the Bench, said: "Hinduism is not a religion with one God and one Holy Scripture. The practices vary from region to region, place to place. The Gods worshipped, the customs, traditions, practices, rituals etc. they all differ, yet all these people are Hindus."
"The determination of religious acceptance of a person must not be made on his name or his birth. When a person intends to profess Hinduism, and he does all that is required by the practices of Hinduism in the religion or by the caste to which he belongs, and he is accepted as a Hindu by all persons around him," the Bench said.
Quoting from the book "Facets of Hinduism" by Swami Harshananda, Justice Dattu said: "Hinduism appears to be a very complex religion. It is like a centre of gravity doll which always regains its upright position however much it may be upset. Hinduism does not have a single founder, a single book, a single church or even a single way of life."]
[Jyotirmaya Sharma’s demolition of the ideology of Hindu rashtra as espoused by Hindutva’s master ideologue Savarkar must count among the most decisive exposures of the hollowness of this strand of political thought and persuasion in modern
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Rajeev Bhargava’s is an argument on behalf of wisdom and freedom from the ‘hysterical brahmanical attitude: religion is untouchable, so any contact with it contaminates secular polity.’ -- Mrinal Miri]