Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Trend of ‘minority-centric’ politics criticised

By A Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 6 – Coming down heavily on the “so-called minority-centric politics” dominating the State today, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said that if the practice of blatant appeasement and placating of a particular religious community was allowed to continue, the secular ideology of the country would cease to have any meaning or relevance.

“This is a very dangerous trend fraught with serious socio-political and economic consequences, which will ensure that Assam becomes either by itself a sovereign theocratic country or a part of such a nation,” he said.

“In recent times, especially in the past few months, politics in the State has come to be centred around just one particular religious community, with the Government as well as all political parties going out of their way to flatter and placate it,” Prof Dutta said.

Terming the development as rather disquieting that could spell doom for the State’s future, Prof Dutta said it has put a serious question mark over the ‘secular’ credentials of the country as enshrined in the Constitution.

Prof Dutta said that the word minority has now come to be associated with just one religious group, excluding the entire gamut of minority communities like the Buddhists, the Jains, the Sikhs, the Christians, the animists and others. Moreover, while none should have any complaints about the legitimate interests of any particular minority group, it is apparent that a large number of non-Indian infiltrators have been ripping the benefits in the game of minority politics.


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