India – an emerging reality

An interesting clip, possibly a revelation of emerging cohabitation. Below clip was shared by Dr. Evelina Mujumdar.

The speaker is Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, President, All India Imams Organisation
This clip is from function of launch of book, encyclopedia of Hinduism was held on Oct 2014.

These days, unlike our childhood, it is unheard. Deep rooted secularism and accommodation of varied perspectives (that includes faith) is a true characteristic that distinguishes this magnificent land. It is irony, India is fast losing this perspective since pragmatist label this tenet of Indianness as idealism or liberalism.

As the speaker mentioned, we all belong to one common ethnic stalk (that also includes Pakistan) and appreciating that solidarity is the only way towards nationhood. This Muslim speaker is walking the true path of pragmatism, may be there is a deeper realization of coexistence as the only option. However, the majority faith should not disavow this idea of coexistence.

While this is true for the majority faith, the minority faith has a reflection to do and adjust. As I said earlier, there is a great deal of resilience built in the ethos of this land. However, while the greater majority is asserting itself, Muslims should reconcile and acknowledge this element of Indianness. There is a deeper acceptance of diverse perspective within the ethos of this land and it is the trait that has primarily lead to proliferation of the Islam.

Peace and prosperity goes both ways, it is built with efforts and all these spiritual leaders are taking one step at time, in that direction. As individuals, our contribution towards this growing philosophy is support to the momentum that these religious leaders are gradually building.

Message from my friend, Dr. Anand Kawade, “Good message from Imam Umar,

धर्म शब्दाच्या मुळाशी “धारणा” आहे.आणि ही धारणा मानवाच्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित आहे.
जेव्हा ती तुमच्या स्वत़़च्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित असते त्यावेळी तो तुमचा धर्म होतो.सहाजिकच तो धर्म दुसऱ्यांचे अस्तित्व नाकारतो. ज्यावेळी ही धारणा दुसऱ्यांच्या अस्तित्वाशी निगडित व्हायला लागते,मान्य करायला लागते त्यावेळी तो धर्म inclusive व्हायला लागतो.

मग तुमच्या श्रद्धा, lifestyle,वर्ण, रंग काहीही असो. हिंदू धर्म, बौद्ध धर्म, जैन धर्म

यांच्या बाबतीत हे already झालेले आहे. Pope Francis यांचे विचार हेच दाखवून देते की ईसाई धर्माची ही प्रक्रिया चालू झाली आहे आणि ईमाम यांचे भाषणातून दिसते की इस्लाम धर्मात नवी पहाट झाली आहे.
आपण सगळेच एकाच परब्रह्माचे अंश आहोत हा अनुभव निरंतर येऊन तदनुसार वागणे यालाच आध्यात्म किंवा spiritually म्हणतात.बाकी सगळं मग “बोलाचीच कढी आणि बोलाचा चालू भात”

4 thoughts on “India – an emerging reality”

    1. Absolutely! These days, we have forgotten that religion is a means and not an end. You may adopt multiple means to achieve those supreme objectives of live. Live is truly confusing. Decision making is always mired with dilemmas but religion provides the guardrails and path towards salvation and peace.

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