When two festivals coincide, plurality of our nation's culture is on show. This year, Eid and the Ganesh festival fell around the same time. While writing this post, I'm listening to bhajans played at the Ganesh pandal, just next to an arrangement made for Muslims to attend to their religious sacrifice. Coexistence is fundamental to the narrative of the subcontinent. Tolerance towards multiplicity of ideas has always been a part of our culture. Ethnocentrism has never prospered and only resulted in tremendous loss to humanity.
Man is a social animal, and must live together. Religion is a complex dogma and its relation with man is more complex. Violence is never a solution to clashing ideas. In the social pursuit of togetherness, civilisation has always attempted to create better settings for ideas to prosper. Democracy is a right, so inalienable that it must take effect from the very fact that we're a part of human family. The right to practise one's religion harmoniously, unless expressly inconsistent with natural justice, in a plural democracy like ours is essential to our constitutional framework.
|A Ganesh Pandal beside an arrangement for sacrificial animals.|