The Constitution of India is the guideline for the governance of our country. India was a country of small kingdoms but for some Hindu dynasties which dominated for few centuries. The Mughals came to the country around 1526 when Babur founded the Mughal empire in our country. Later the East India Company came to our country for business around 1757. It slowly captured many parts of our country taking advantage of the infighting between the small kingdoms. In 1858, our country came under British rule. It lasted up to 1947 when they were made to give independence and leave the country. The Muslims came here with a view to settling down whereas the British exploited the mineral wealth of the country and the gains were taken to England.
There are six prominent religions in our country. Hinduism is the majority religion and the other five are Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. These five are given minority status as their population is very less compared to the Hindus. These minority communities enjoy the facility of setting up minority educational institutes and enjoy some scholarships for those studying in those institutions. Apart from this, no other major benefits are given to these communities. There are about 13000 minority institutes all over the country as per the government statistics.
The Muslims fought along with other Indians for the independence of the country. At the time of independence, the country was divided into India and Pakistan. Many Hindus from Pakistan and Muslims from India crossed over to the other side. The Muslims who stayed back in India are as much Indians as anyone. For centuries together we lived with each other in harmony. They are here to stay. Many of the Muslims are poor and uneducated. The majority of areas where Muslims are concentrated in our country are without proper infrastructure. In 2005, the Sachar Committee was formed to look into the conditions of Muslims and make recommendations to the government. This is altogether a separate issue.
There were always problems between Hindus and Muslims but they never spoiled the harmony among all the religions in our country. Hindus can practice their religion without any hindrance. The same is the case with other religions. Some sections of the people think otherwise and it is not much of serious concern as the Constitution gives equal rights to all and the judiciary is there to protect the same. All the religions in our country should respect each other's religions and live harmoniously.
A secular government is separated from religion in its governance. The preamble of the Constitution reads our country as a Socialist and Secular country. Secularism is relevant and to be followed. Disobeying is nothing but disobeying the Constitution. The fundamental duty of a citizen of India to honor and obey the Constitution. We, the people of India, have to respect all religions and create an atmosphere of harmony.
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