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Are you a secular Indian nationalist?


Ever thought of a life without curiosity for knowing the things that are relevant?  If not, then you might not be reading this piece of work. The current political scenario of India majorly revolves around two major concepts i.e. Secularism and Nationalism.

In a society where people still votes on the basis of their leaders’ religion, castes, family background and ideology rather than on the basis of his educational background, criminal records, vision and objectives. It is really difficult to comprehend the meaning of jargons like Secularism and Nationalism.

Secularism and Anti-nationalism are often perceived as a similar thing by a group of people. They always think that Secularism is more about ignoring the rights of the majority while pleasing the minorities of the country. Thus, it can’t be denied that Secularism is one of the most misunderstood terms in the country’s young generation.

According to the Cambridge dictionary, Secularism is a belief system that rejects religion, or the belief that religion should not be part of the affairs of the state or part of public education.

While terms like – Leftist, Libtards and Anti-national are more commonly used for acknowledging the people with an ideology that is against the ruling government. There are other people who are labelled as Sanghis and Bhakts for openly supporting the government.

One should realize that Nationalism and Secularism are not two opposing ideologies but complementary to each other. The phrases like, ” You are anti-national /pseudo-secular/libtard /Bhakt or Sanghi!” is used in straw man arguments of most of the debates which eventually leads the objective of the debate in a wrong direction.

Neither Secularism nor Nationalism should be labelled as slang for the people who want to express their views on a particular issue. Is true nationalism only about hating enemy countries or killing so-called anti-national elements?

True nationalism doesn’t lie in spreading hatred or killing people with opposing ideology while Secularism doesn’t mean the boot-licking of a particular community. A true nationalist is the one who is paying the taxes, obeying the rules and loving his countrymen instead of the one who is mongering hate via different forms of media.

Similarly, a truly secular person doesn’t support inequality and doesn’t believe in creating religious differences. It is possible that a true nationalist can also be a secular person, while a secular person could also be a true nationalist.

You should feel free to call yourself a nationalist or secular without fear of being tagged as some party’s spokesperson. In the end, Nationalism is about being loyal to your own country while Secularism is more about being respectful to each other’s beliefs.

Syed Zuhair Ali
Syed Zuhair Ali
A student of Journalism and Mass Communication who loves to write about social issues through his poetries.

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