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Saffron Truth (letters to the editor) - II

Saffron Truth (letters to the editor) - II

Author: K. R. Ravi, Mumbai
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: September 29, 2000

Sir: Kuldip Nayar writes that Mr Vajpayee may be a closet communalist, that he is not sincere in upholding India's "plural" tradition, that the Human Resource Minister is feverishly trying to Hinduise our education system.

Our education system was fathered by Macaulay, who wrote to his father: "Our English schools are flourishing wonderfully. The effect of this education on Hindus is prodigious. It is our belief that if our plans of education are followed up there will not be a single idolater among the respectable classes in Bengal 30 years hence. And this will be effected without any efforts to proselytise without the smallest interference with religious liberty by natural operation of knowledge and reflection."

Is there anything wrong if the Education Minster tries to introduce in our schools subjects like yoga, Vedic mathematics or India's contribution to science? Does knowledge become communal simply because it is prefixed by the word "Vedic"?

As for India's pluralism and the need for Mr Vajpayee to uphold it, I would like Kuldip Nayar and others of his persuasion to let us know why they were silent when the Pope, during his recent visit to India, remarked that the salvation for the people for Asia lies only in Christ. Had such a remark been made by a Hindu religious head, the "secular" brigade would have castigated him in no uncertain terms.

Secularism which demands that only Hindus display tolerance and respect for other faiths is called pseudo-secularism.

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