( Narendra Modi as Aurangzeb)
( http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-11-12/news/43980943_1_aurangzeb-narendra-modi-dara-shikoh )
The nadir of India’s much vouched “Secularism” was evident to anyone with perspicacity to study it’s harrowing contradictions. But RSS-BJP’s political resurgence from near-oblivion in 2014, is rather not the cause but the consequence of it. No discerning mind can discord with the palpable fact that BJP causes schisms between communities, actually Hindu-Muslim & Hindu-Christians; but the larger matter of concern is that the edifice of Indian secularism is neither formidable nor are its “root arguments” pedantically constructed through debates. “Indian Secularism” , which we Indians ,mostly middle-class, vaingloriously present , was always mired with plethora of dichotomies. So definitely this is not the diatribe against Badshah Modi (who often reminds us of Aurangzeb) but rather against the Secular Satraps of modern India , who are reminiscent of the indigenous feudal sardars of medieval India. [To finding faults will only result into writing a thesis but to save time , lets restrict it to a blog which will also mean certain intricacies will be omitted , contributors though can contribute further , if at all].
Such things are counter-productive.
There is strong fatalism in his definition of Indian Secularism. Its longevity in this form will certainly also help increasing a feeling among the hindus that the entire Indian Secularism ( I mean all shadesis all about Hinduphobia. This will also prolong Hindutva. One needs to debate it.
5) RATIONAL MOVEMENT
The social & cultural chasm between the Hindus & Muslims (esp. the middle-class)got augmented during the British due to the different overal reactions from both the communities to Western ideas. Both had conservatives & both had liberals. But in Hindus the overall proclivity to reforms & in Muslims the overall proclivity to "Safeguard of Identity" (for true as well as imaginary reasons) resulted in the former searching for pan-Indianism & the latter searching for pan-Ummahism. Thus the Hindu social reforms , not just reformed the different Hindu communities to certain extent but also deepened Indian nationalism. On the contrary , while there were reform movements among Indian muslims too ,they were always marred by the apprehension of "Muslim identity" due to birth of a more progressive Hindu middle-class (social-economic fear) as well as aggressive Hindu Rightists (political fear). This finally limited them to focussing on the "Muslim Past" ,both Indian & non-Indian.The Khilafat Movement as well as Sir Syed & Allama Iqbal are good examples.
This only furthered the chasm between the communities. This also partly contributed to Social & economic downfall of Indian Muslims.
Today , not just that pro-rational reform movements have to revived among Hindus but also the civil society needs to trigger Muslim reform movements. Further , instead of pan-Indian Hindu Reformism , rather there is a need to conflate local Hindu & Muslim Reform movements.
This would not just sow the seeds of progressive thinking among the communities or improve their social conditions but rather create a stronger sense of brotherhood , that in turn can counterpoise & expunge Hindutva forces.