Views expressed here are strictly personal and are only my interpretation of the subject under consideration. I do not intended to hurt anyone’s sentiment in any way. I merely express my views and understandings with regards to the topic.
I write this post after reading the dd’s response to my post Freedom and Responsibility. It only seems prudent to write it out here. I did intend to write about the diversity, but the other issue I discussed there has been seldom dealt with. The religious issue has been discussed a lot, so I changed the course there. And by the time I returned to what I had started at first, the post was too long. So, here I go on with that discussion
Education. Its a pretty heavy term. Drives away ignorance and opens your mind to accept reality as it is. At least thats what it is intended to be! But, education really is a concise curriculum designed for around roughly 15 years at the end of which you will be in an employable position. As I see it, no syllabus teaches us what UNITY IN DIVERSITY actually means. Only some teachers may take the pain in explaining their students about religious harmony during moral science period(If there is one mind you). What i am trying to say is that schools will give you knowledge but not wisdom. And wisdom is what drives the hatred away and not education. And education is a powerful tool to gain wisdom, but not many use it to do that.
In almost all the Puranas and both the epics, there are numerous instances where GOD himself condemns the religious hatred by touching an untouchable or eating a fruit given by an untouchable or by turning his idol 180° and making a hole in the temple so that his devotee can see him. These are pretty ancient tales and yet we see untouchability still being practised by people. You cant say there are illeterate. They do have the knowledge of what happens in these stories. They have heard them in many religious gatherings and bhajjans. And the riots and kilings are done by people who are literates and have a tag called Hindu in their organization name and yet they do not follow the basic teaching of Ahimsa. Fight to defend, I dont mind, but murder is uncalled for. And THEY HAD FORMAL EDUCATION mind you.
Terrorism, which is another derivative of religious hatred, need not be discussed elaborately. All the movies and books give enough insight into the Islam from which we can deduce that killing is sin. But, of course, the educated people use their power to twist the sentences and derive the meaning they want to. My knowledge of Islam is minimal so I cant really elaborate or go deeper. But the fact that is established is that there is no room for violence there too.
After all the things I said above, I would like to make myself a bit more clear. Education is very important. It must be imparted to each and everyone who lives. But we must not stop at that. Merely accumulated knowledge in the heads of hot blooded young people, or twisted old minds will only be disastrous. People must be made to apply what they learn. They must become intelligent rather than just informed. The must be able to improvise on what they learn in a right way. They must be brought to a state where they can at least judge themselves properly, otherwise what they learn, or whatever they will learn will become redundant! So, approach of education must change and only then we will be able to really make a difference with education.
Now, on a completely different issue about Madarsas; its termed as a sensitive issue. But I hardly believe that it is. Anyone, when blamed, must turn transparent to shut the mouths. But here you find that not happening. Its really ironic that some of them who head these institutions are scholars. Pathetic would fit too I think. So, its really the issue of respecting the country you live in. If your country gives you the freedom to practise your beliefs, then you must react with performing your duties. The point here is that we put our rights before our duties and hence democracy fails. And not to mention the various political benefits that accompany by such behaviour!
Strict rules will hurt religious sentiments! Of whom? A few people I believe. But, the best way to be miserable is to try and make everyone happy. We need to act a bit more fiercely when we make rules. Moreover, a logical debate would resolve the issue of government’s intervention in Madarsa anyways. Its the political debate that hinders the decision in such matters, especially when there is power at stake!! Riots too are a complete disgrace to humanity. They violate the very cause that these people are fighting for! Peace, equality, humanity, sanity????!! There is right to protest, but not to kill!!! Yet, people do that and only the innocent die!
These all can be resolved if we act strongly and not just be afraid of hurting the so called “religious sentiments” of people living here. What about they hurting the “Patriotic sentiments” of crores of people? Doesn’t that count? Doesn’t they running away from their fundamental duties count? Or, are these duties just ornamental in nature? Just to impress people who read it. Take some time and read these duties that are listed in the constitution
It shall be the duty of every citizen of India –
- to abide by the constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National flag and the National anthem
- to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspire our national struggle for freedom
- to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India
- to defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so
- to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all people of India transcending religious linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women
- to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture
- to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, rivers, lakes, wild life and to have compassion of living creatures
- to develop the scientific temper, humanization and the spirit of inquiry and reform
- to safeguard public property and to abjure violence
- to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavor and achievement
Sadly, when you are a part of a riot, you violate all these codes! In terms of education, we get to see this list in our Civics text books, memorize them, vomit in exams and evaporate them from our minds. Why? Because nobody bothered to actually make you follow them as a kid and you too never bothered to think about them after that year of school! So, where do we go with education?