The President’s oath taking function, though a routine function, is nevertheless an event for people to judge whether the dignitary who is going to take over the highest office under the constitution has shed off his political loyalty to the political party and is now above groupism.
Published in The Radical Humanist
Strange, in the process of selecting who should be the next President of India, the nation has forgotten the emergency which was imposed some forty two years ago. More than one lakh people were detained without trial. The media which could have reported the conditions prevailing was muzzled. Civil servants obediently issued the orders, which came from Sanjay Gandhi, the extra constitutional authority that ruled the country in the name of his mother, then the Prime Minister.
The 7-day Satyagraha Fast at Jantar Mantar has ended. On the last day, many people from social-political-educational-religious organizations came to the venue; farmers-workers-students unions too came to attend; many people came of their own. But they all expressed solidarity with the cause. The presence of the youth continued to remain encouraging; they came in large numbers on the seventh day also. Many youths from the nearby cities of Delhi came over after reading the news on social media.
Describing the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya as “Crimes which shake the secular fabrics of the Constitution of India”, the Supreme Court on April 19, 2017 put the senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti on a joint trial with ‘kar sevaks’ in the 1992 case under various charges, including criminal conspiracy to pull down the disputed structure.
One is a Hindu by birth. No rite is required to be performed to make him a full-fledged Hindu .He may believe in God or may not believe in God .He may refuse to visit a temple or perform POOJA .He may criticise or condemn Hindu gods and goddesses and yet remain a Hindu .It is very different in Islam and Christianity .You cannot remain a Muslim if you do not believe in the Quran and Allah or believe in any other god except Allah. In Christianity also you have to go through Baptism. you may even be ex-communicated for certain unChristian acts.