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.