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Imported ‘Secularism’ failed before Rockstar Prophet

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He preached humanism, played humane and proclaimed himself the prophet of humanity but as the mask was pulled down the judge recognized him as ‘wild beast’. As more and more surprising secrets are being revealed by investigators, his level of wildness is getting new dimensions by the day. He even used ‘Insan’ (human) as his last name and asked his disciples to do so but the ‘Messenger of God’ on the ‘front’ was a dreaded devil in the ‘back’. Probably, Erving Goffman (11 June 1922 – 19 November 1982), the author of famed book ‘The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life’ would not have imagined the level of wildness man in the ‘back’ of the stage who played the God in the ‘front’.

How a religious leader became so powerful to challenge the entire political system of the state and even judiciary? However, the Election Commission of India restricts political parties and candidates not to seek vote on the name of caste and religion but there is not deterrent mechanism to enforce these guidelines. In case of severe violations, ECI issues notices to the candidates and political parties which are highlighted in the media. The DSS does not have even the fear of notices as it is registered as NGO not a religious body. It does not preach teachings of any religion but humanity as the crux of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. This is due to the status of NGOs, DSS chief had no fear of ECI guidelines while asking his supporters to vote for political parties and get cash, kind, status and state facilities in return.

The failure of the State of India in dealing with religious bodies lies in arbitrary and botched up implementation of secularism. There is neither any rule at the Union nor at the level of stages to regulate the formation and management of religious bodies. There is no concrete mechanism of the accounting of the money and property they receive from donors. The individual heads of the religious bodies can get as much money as they could without any responsibility of accounting and responsibility to anybody. It was only in 1976 the word secularism was inserted in the Constitution of India through 42nd amendment but never explained. However, there are several judgments of the Supreme Court trying to formalize this concept in Indian frame of reference but there is no codification. In India, Churches are the most organized and well managed as they receive their guidelines from Vatican City and implement it with thin the ambit of minority rights while the Hindu religious institutions are the most unorganized as there is no rule at all. This legal loophole gives ample scope to the thugs and criminals to enter in religious bodies, exploit the devotees emotionally, financially and sexually besides risking their lives for benefits.

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