OSWALD PEREIRA makes a strong plea to counter the politics of divide and rule, so that we can live in harmony and brotherhood without the tag of majority and minority

The time has come for all sensible Indians, residents of Bharat, the most ancient and enlightened land in the world to abolish the concept of majority and minorities. The only class benefiting from this division is the political class, which thrives on dividing people on religious and communal lines.

We are all children of God, made in His image. We breathe the same air, bask in the same sunshine and glory of the One God. God never created us as minority or majority. He created us as human beings to grow, flourish and prosper in His love and in the love for each other.

All of us who have read the scriptures know that the words majority and minority do not exist in these divine works. Then why do we humans accept such terminology, which is nothing short of obnoxious, if we look at the way it is being misused by wily politicians to feather their own nests.

Oswald Pereira

First, it was the British rulers who propagated the idea of majority and minority to divide and rule. Now it is our own ruling class, since we gained Independence, that is dividing majority and minority to fill their vote banks.

Every political party is guilty of this vicious game. They are all guilty of making a mockery of God’s human creation, born in bliss and oneness with divinity. We have become victims of this political game that has plagued our society and divided us, children of One God.

Politicians are guilty of vitiating our scriptures by their nefarious games. We should counter their games by not countenancing any politician who promises us prosperity at the cost of others.

The great sage and yogi Swami Vivekananda believed that the message of Vedanta, which “proclaimed the divinity of the soul and the oneness of existence,” could alone “bind up and heal the wounds of India” and the world as well.

India’s political leaders in the past drew inspiration from both Vivekananda and his guru Sri Ramakrishna, who taught us concepts like universalism of religions. But politicians now seem to have forgotten their teachings, thanks to their one-track agenda of capturing power at any cost.

Let us all allow politicians to stew in their own soup of divisive politics and follow Vivekananda’s belief that it is the Vedanta’s message of ‘the divinity of the soul and oneness of existence’ that can ‘heal our wounds.’

We can thus repair the damage caused to our psyche and society by politicians who have been dividing us all this while on the basis of majority and minorities.

Our great Bharat then will become a land where we live in harmony and brotherhood without the tag of majority and minority. Then we can claim to be true nationalists and lovers of God and humankind.

Oswald Pereira, a senior journalist, has also written eight books, including The Newsroom Mafia, Chaddi Buddies, The Krishna-Christ Connexion, How to Create Miracles in Our Daily Life and Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories. Oswald is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, and practises Kriya Yoga.

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