Name : Suhas Dashrath Waman.
Qualification: B.Com , pursuing MBA at AMSIMR – Aruna Manharlal Shah Institute Of Management and Research, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai , INDIA

India the land of religious harmony

INDIA, we live in one of the most sublime secular republics. This land is the birth place of five religions, Vedic religion, and Hindu religion, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. This land has nurtured and cradled members of three religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity and Islam and a Persian religion, Zoroastrianism. May I say that members of these four religions are more secure in Indian soil than in the lands where the originated the different religions have sprung up in different ethnic or cultural or geographical or historical background and naturally there would be different shades between the religions Then you ask any true philosopher whether there is any difference between any two religions. The children in India are not trained on how to practice secularism. Each religion has tried to teach its children that their religion provides the correct way to God. What they further teach is that there is the only correct religion. Very often, they also teach that other religions are wrong. If our children are brought up in this way, they maintain the mental segregation that their religion is the only true religion whereas other religions are all fake.

All religions teach the same thing and it is only selfish and power hungry and mischievous people who create differences. Religious harmony has been badly impaired on account of the ambitions of those in India who created vote banks as shortcuts to reach power. People are basically happy and common without the barriers of religions, but the skills of the politicians unfortunately keep them segregated. The religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads, so long as we reach the same goal. “India is a model. Different religious traditions live peacefully and harmoniously. Please keep this tradition,” Dalai Lama said at the valedictory of the year-long celebration of the 1,960 year-old Malan Kara Orthodox Syrian church in Kochi.

In the 21st century, people everywhere talk about money and material value. That is also important. Material wealth provides physical comfort. A disturbed mind is very bad for health, while a healthy mind and health body go together. Material wealth alone will not bring happiness,” the spiritual leader said. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam said there is need for a combination of economic prosperity and spiritual way of life. I want my son to leave in religious harmony in a Secular India.Religious harmony in India is a subject of great importance for the reason that it is this country which had suffered the most due to religious riots, religious disparities and caste differences. Interfaith harmony and consciousness of the essential unity of all religions is the very heart of national integration and identity. Most Indians were, and are, firmly attached to a particular religion.

On 15th August 2008, India celebrates the 61st anniversary of its independence. It is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of the past and also to introspect andhave a look at the weaknesses and failures of the last six decades. An issue that stands out during these years is the role that religion plays in the political, social and economic life of the country. This year’s Independence Day it is celebrated under the shadow of a conflict in the border state of Jammu and Kashmir over the offer of 100 acres of land to a Hindu pilgrim Centre and its withdrawal later. Since Muslims are a majority in this border state, the dispute over land has been turned into a religious conflict.

India is a deeply religious country. Four major world religions, namely, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism have their origins in India, while Christianity and Islam arrived in the country soon after they were founded. Anyone who visits India can see that religion is alive in the country. One finds small and big temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches all across the country; the churches are full on Sundays. All of these religions uphold values of peace and unity, but India has witnessed innumerable instances of intolerance and violence based on religious differences. These are some of the easily noticeable contrasts, many of which are interrelated. Many more can be listed but in order to explain the contrasts rather than merely identifying them, one need to take a broad historical perspective. While India is relatively young as a modern nation state, it has a civilization that goes back five millennia. Its history has to be understood.

Religion in India what is religion. Religion has always played an important role in man’s existence. It is hard to define religion because every person has, his or her own way of defining religion. For some of us it might be a way of life, which determines what they ear, who their friends are, and it also makes up what culture they follow from day to day. For others, religion simply means going to church or temple and seeing religious festivals. India is the land of culture. This country is very rich of culture and religion, and this is the backbone of the social structure. Lasting harmony between heterogeneous communities can only come through recognition of the ‘oneness of mankind ’, a realization that differences that divide us along ethnic and religious lines have no foundation. Just as there are no boundaries drawn on the earth to separate nations, distinctions of social, economic, ethnic and religious identity imposed by peoples are artificial; they have only benefited those with vested interests. On the other hand, naturally occurring diverse regions of the planet, or the country, such as mountain and plains, each have unique benefits. The diversity created by God has infinite value, while distinctions imposed by man have no substance. “Religion is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for a peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein”.

The Whether it’s the gathering of the faithful, bowing in prayer in the courtyard of a mosque, or the gathering of lamps that light up houses at Diwali, the good cheer of Christmas or the brotherhood of Baisakhi, the religions of India are celebrations of shared emotion that bring people together. People from the different religions and cultures of India, unite in a common chord of brotherhood and amity in this fascinating and diverse land.