Saturday, September 7, 2013
Hindu definition of Secularism
Secularism, the French call it "laicité", was introduced into the Republic as, "France shall be an indivisible, secular, democratic and social Republic. It should ensure the equality of all citizens before the law, without distinction of origin, race or religion." Thus the monopoly of the catholic church was dismantled by the proposal of a "neutral nation" which gives more importance to the freedom of conscience.Thus, the French used the concept of "secularism" to break the backbone of Christianity in France. Secularism was implemented to break Christianity and by extension the Vatican's hold over French national affairs. There are two problems as far as India is concerned. Firstly Hinduism is not a "religion"
When the Victorian British Christians ruled India they only understood the world in terms of the Bible, unable to convert the Hindus they "gave" the Hindus their own bible the Bhagvad Gita, in order to make sense of their world view, and so made Hinduism into a religion. This then allowed Secularism to be introduced to India, an alien western concept solely designed to break the hold of the catholic church in France.