9:15 am - Wednesday September 20, 2017

A self-aware, organised and active society is the remedy for all the misconceptions in the society – Sri Bhayyaji Joshi, Sarkaryavah, RSS

A two day seminar was held on secularism for columnists in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on September 19th and 20th. The event, organised by Prachar Vibagh of RSS was inaugurated by Sri Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi (Sarkaryavah, All India General Secretary of RSS) on 19th September and attended by more than 80 columnists from Southern states of India.

 

Eminent personalities such as Sri Balbir Punj (Vice President of BJP), Sri Prafulla Ketkar (Editor of Organiser), Sri N K Singh (Senior Journalist), Smt. Madhavi Diwan (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court), Sri K G Suresh (Editorial Advisor, Doordarshan), Dr. Makkhan Lal (Founder Director, Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management) and Sri S Gurumurthy (Auditor and Columnist) presented their views on various aspects of Secularism within their respective domains such as politics, media, constitutional law and education.

 

Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, while summarising the deliberations wondered, why the word ‘Secularism’ was included in the Preamble of our Constitution during the dark period of emergency. The constitution makers discussed and deliberated on this point in detail and decided that it was not necessary to include the same. He requested the legal luminaries and political experts to ponder over this issue and to see whether the intention was to initiate divisive communal politics in our country.

 

Eminent personalities such as Sri Balbir Punj (Vice President of BJP), Sri Prafulla Ketkar (Editor of Organiser), Sri N K Singh (Senior Journalist), Smt. Madhavi Diwan (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court), Sri K G Suresh (Editorial Advisor, Doordarshan), Dr. Makkhan Lal (Founder Director, Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management) and Sri S Gurumurthy (Auditor and Columnist) presented their views on various aspects of Secularism within their respective domains such as politics, media, constitutional law and education.

IMG_6294_g Dr. Manmohan Vaidya, while summarising the deliberations wondered, why the word ‘Secularism’ was included in the Preamble of our Constitution during the dark period of emergency. The constitution makers discussed and deliberated on this point in detail and decided that it was not necessary to include the same. He requested the legal luminaries and political experts to ponder over this issue and to see whether the intention was to initiate divisive communal politics in our country.

 

He also said that a secular state should not allow any sects or community to infringe upon the rights of other sects or communities. However, in Bharat today, the religious minorities are given preferential treatment. For example in Nagaland, Mizoram and Kashmir though the minority community is in majority, they enjoy all the privileges available to minorities. He concluded saying that a democracy is only successful if the people are self-aware, organised and active.

 

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