The issue was being discussed in another thread. The author of the present thread asked me to clarify my opinion on this issue. Unfortunately I am presently pre-occupied with official matters and because of the fact that one of my relatives have been admitted to a hospital in very critical condition. So, I have been irregular in ISC and could not clarify my stand.
Today I am expressing my opinion before official meeting starts. Secularism is a western concept, which means separation of religion from the affairs of state. State has nothing to do with religion which is an individual belief. However, Mohandas Gandhi adopted the mantra of 'Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava' during freedom movement to integrate the followers of all religion in freedom movement. The concept has been proved to be a failure which is proved by Khilafat movement and later by the partition of the country. This is required to be discussed in detail, but this platform is not fit for this purpose.
Mohandas Gandhi tried to change the concept. He had a justification. He tried to integrate all people of the country against the British. However, Nehru continued this flawed concept after independence. India is a country with people of at least eight religions, viz., Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Jorastrianism, Sikhism and Judaism. To accommodate all in state affairs would be adisaster. This can be easily undersood from the long list of leaves in Government offices. Every community wants leave for the festivals of that community. So, this concept ('Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava') is inherently flawed in the affairs of state.
Nowadays, this concept is being blatantly misused by the appeasement of the followers of two religions by most of the political parties.
Caution: Explosive. Handle with care.