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“Secularism Not Safe Without Separation Of Religion, Politics”: Sitaram Yechury

Secularism Not Safe Without Religion-Politics Separation: Sitaram Yechury. (FILE)


Unless there’s a strict separation of faith from politics and authorities, secularism can’t be protected, defended or put into operation in a correct sense,CPI(M) common secretary Sitaram Yechury stated on Saturday.

Mr Yechury stated forces just like the RSS wish to “take India into the darkness of the past” by altering the nation’s historical past, tradition, training coverage “to give a monolithic Hindu identity to India” as an alternative of its syncretic cultural id.

Mr Yechury was talking whereas inaugurating the state-wide celebrations of the CPI(M) marking the a hundredth 12 months of the founding of the Communist Party in India,by video convention.

October 17 of this 12 months is a historic day for the communist get together because it marks the hundred years of the formation of the primary unit of the Communist Party of India in Tashkent within the then Soviet Union.

“Secularism means the separation of religion from politics and from the state. Every individual has the right to choose his own faith and it will be the duty of the state, law to protect that right which is inviolable and the communists will always stand up to protect it,” Mr Yechury stated.

He stated the state or the federal government doesn’t have any faith and all of the rights of people to their faith, or religion of their option to their spiritual practices, should be protected.

“However, secularism in our constitution was interpreted as equality of all religions.

The moment you say equality of all religions, it’s only natural that the religion to which the majority of the population subscribe to, has a greater advantage over the others. And that has inherent dangers, which is what we are witnessing today.And unless there is a strict separation of religion from politics and government, secularism cannot be protected, defended or put into operation in a proper sense,” the CPI(M) common secretary stated.

He stated all the logic of claiming “my God is better than your God” is the idea for communal polarisation and communal conflicts.

“Today we have forces like the RSS, whose political wing is the BJP, who want to take India into darkness and backwardness of the past.

Lack of scientific temper, rewriting Indian history, changing India’s education policy, changing India”s cultural policy in the cultural institutions, all to give a monolithic Hindu identity to India instead of the syncretic identity with which all of us grew up,” Mr Yechury stated.

He appealed to the folks to affix within the “battle to stop India from going into the darkness of its past” and to take India to the brightness of the long run by ending exploitation and transferring in direction of socialism.

Earlier within the day, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a Facebook publish, stated that the communist events are the “voice of democracy and civil rights” that are being suppressed by “fascist forces.”

“Looking back over a century of the party’s history is a proud experience for anyone who keeps in mind the dream of an egalitarian and peaceful social system.The communist movement survived brutal attacks and repression.

It is a movement of brave martyrs who fought for their lives.

An alternative political policy in favor of the people is the most important factor that makes the Communist Party relevant in the Indian context,” Mr Vijayan stated.

The CPI(M) in Kerala organised flag hoisting at every department degree adhering to COVID-19 protocol.

The CPI(M) in an announcement stated the congruent improvement of neo-liberalism and the Hindutva forces have posed a critical problem for the Communist motion and all of the Left and democratic forces.

“Neoliberal capitalism has brought many changes in the structure and composition of classes, some of which have had an adverse effect on the development of the working class and peasant movements.Rampant privatisation in all spheres has had its impact on the intermediate classes,” CPI(M) stated.

It stated there was a change with the belief of energy by the Modi authorities in 2014 and for the primary time, a celebration primarily based on “Hindutva ideology and controlled by the fascistic RSS has been wielding State power for the past six years.”

“The disastrous consequences for secularism, democracy and the well-being of the working people have been unfolding.

A political force which had no role in the freedom struggle nor sharing its anti-imperialist secular ethos is now engaged in subverting the Constitution and instituting authoritarian rule all in the name of a nationalism which is regressive and reactionary,” the Left get together stated.

It stated the problem is to counter this pseudo-nationalism with an anti-imperialist, secular and inclusive nationalism and claimed the Communists are finest geared up to take action as a result of they carry ahead the legacy of the anti-imperialist wrestle for independence.

It additionally stated that constructing unity of all Communist and left forces is essential at this juncture to rally different democratic and secular forces.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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