‘Campaign needed to remove Constitutional articles that discriminate against Hindus’

MANGALURU: Scholar-activist Keonradd Elst stressed on the need for a concerted campaign to remove Constitution articles that discriminate against the Hindus. The BJP-led government at the centre must also take steps to see all citizens as equal before law, before getting in to the more dicey area of ushering in an uniform civil code, a move which he said could be used by its political opponents to target it as striving for majoritarianism in the country.

Making these observations at Synthesis, the finale of two-day Mangaluru Lit Fest organised by Mangaluru Literary Foundation on Saturday, Elst said the above course of action is necessary given that minorities in India have privileges that are not available to the majority. This is not the case with minorities in states such as Pakistan where they face a very sorry state, he said, adding to prevent the same in India, country needs a strong state set up.

Move to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 has paved the way for normalisation of situation there, he said adding barring Pakistan, there was no other country viewed this internal development of India seriously. Stressing the need to keep up pace with normalisation in the now two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, he said the move also helped the nation shed a 70-year baggage of Nehruvian legacy.

Summing up the two-day deliberations and sessions held across three venues, editorial director of Swarajya exhorted the organisers to drum up a single agenda for the edition next year and take it to its logical conclusion. Focus should be on removing Articles 25 to 30 of Indian Constitution that discriminate against Hindu majority, he said adding the agenda of Hindu dharma initiated by the likes of Elst too should get widespread support.

A framework should be set up for governance of temples that should be increasingly freed from state control. There is also need for greater North-South dialogue that will help bridge people from either side of the geographical issue understand each other’s issues better. The focus should also be on coming up with a holistic historiography that presents the complete picture for the future generation to assimilate and appreciate their culture, traditions better.

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Updated: December 2, 2019 — 5:57 am

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