Monday, 20 June 2022

Right to Propagate Religion

Right to Propagate Religion

According to Article 25 imbibed in our Indian Constitution, ‘All persons are

equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right to freely practice,

profess and propagate religion subject to public order, morality and health’. If

we breakdown, it will be look like:

a) Freedom of Conscience.

b) Freely profess, practice and propagate religion.

c) Manage his own affairs in matters of religion.

The only thing which we have to keep in mind while following everything is

that public order, morality and health of the individual. All these rights are

subjected to this only and as long as we are satisfying all this we can do

whatever we want. In furtherance, Article 26 says that all denominations can

manage their own affairs in matters of religion.

This was a very important step taken after our country became independent

from the colonial rule in 1947. At that time, there were people from different

religions apart from Hindus like Sikhs of Punjab, Muslims and Christians. They

were the people who chose India as their own country over their religion

because at that time people were distributed according to their religion. This

showed that patriotism was way more important for them than their religion

which is an ascribed status. That is why after the 1947, India was known to be

as a secular country because people from every religion were present and there

was no distinction on basis of that in anything. When people realized this, they

also worked in this direction only and especially our constitution- makers who

made our constitution religion neutral. There is no distinction on basis of the

religion in any state or province. It treats everyone as equal and give all the

perks to all its citizens. There is no disregard in that.

After that many incidents took place where the fights and confrontation

happened on the basis of religion. They would not have occurred if the people

who were involved were from the same religion be it Hindus or Muslims.

Doesn’t matter. The biggest one in this regard is the demolition of Masjid in

Ayodhya. It is important to consider here that everything which took place from

starting was on the basis of the religious shrines. Hindus are of the opinion that

masjid was constructed after the demolition of ram mandir and according to

Muslims that masjid was built from the ancient time by their forefathers.

Whatever the opinions and arguments are there, it divided people which our

constitution- makers didn’t wanted definitely. They wanted that all the peoples

be it Hindus or Muslims or Christians live peacefully. There is no fight just on

the basis of religion. Our country should be unity in diversity.

Therefore, whatever the case maybe there should be no division on the basis of

religion. It is a very mean thing as it doesn’t recognize people’s qualities and

capabilities rather than it puts people into different stratas and layers on their

ascribed status which is not in the hands of the people. They have no control

over that. If any classification should be there or present, it should be on the

basis of the achieved status of the people as it would be equal because then

everything will depend on individual’s capabilities.

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