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India: Social Development

I am working in a private software firm in Kerala. I am married, my wife is also working. We have a small boy as well.

I am a Muslim by birth. But later I understood that, there is only one religion all we see is different flavors of it. I believe and accept the supremacy of god, the supreme (Brahman or Allah), but do not like priests and middlemen. I believe in sacredness of all religious texts – Bhagavat Gita, Vedas, Bible, Quran – I feel they are all saying the same, only rituals are different.

I am reluctant on communist labeled socialist movements in India as most of the time they see things peripherally, theoretically without addressing immediate miseries and think only about long term goals. That is the reason I am happy with BSP, Bahujan Samaj movement. I am not yet part of it.

I believe in a bottom-up approach in development, we should build our nation from houses and villages. I think small steps can create big differences: e.g. keep common cycles in each bus stop, so that for small distances people can use it; it will save energy, keep people healthy. But such initiatives require much education so that people shed their selfishness for some social cause. We should keep our environment clean and beautiful. We should grow flowers on roadsides; because it’s the face of our nation, when we are coming out of houses!

I wish to build a happy nation and have mad ideas of social security and indigenous development. After god giving birth to us in world’s best piece of land and being blessed us with the best knowledge (Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Saints, Scholars, Semitic religious texts etc); I think it will be a sin if we are sitting idle.

We need to spread the message of duty to change India. As a nation we should tell the entire population – “work hard, if you fail we are here for you, do not worry about results but enjoy the work and aim high”. Leadership and media should spread a message of optimism and confidence.
I believe the following are some valid points to uplift India:

1. We need to focus on rural empowerment; rather than creating small number of high profile jobs, we need to create huge number of low profile jobs.
2. We need to develop a wide social security system so that nobody is thrown out of life. Else our concept of nation is not a success.
3. We need to produce all goods internally and our GDP should increase based on our production, rather than FDI or rich people. This requires a radical change in approach.
4. We should bring back the concept of welfare state. State should start multiple companies and organizations and should participate as players in every interest.
5. We should make India a job surplus state, so that we can provide jobs and security to poor countries worldwide. Then only our civilization makes sense.
6. We should revamp our data capturing system on people. We should NOT capture religion and cast officially. It should not figure in official records like SSLC book, professional and nativity certificate etc. Instead it should be maintained in a separate certificate, which is to be used on demand. Religion should be kept out of administration as a personal issue; state should only ensure that there is a freedom of belief.
7. We need to establish discussion houses and knowledge centers throughout India, where all major religious rituals (of all religions) can be practiced. The main objective should be active discussion between beliefs. Lack of communication creates mistrust among beliefs; almost all religions are teaching same things, but people fight each other. This should bring back the era of revisits to all religious texts and we will create a feeling of mutual trust and respect.
8. Another important thing should be focus on co-operative sector. I think we may be able to do wonders with that (e.g. Amul)

social changes

Religions or Beliefs? Time to think again?

Indian philosophical thoughts starts from far past where there is no recorded history are available.
There was no concept of religion in India, but only there were beliefs existed. More or less the whole sub continent was observing customs according to the specifics of their respective regions and lively hoods. It has been evident from the history of Kerala, a southern state which was exposed to the world through trade links directly and indirectly via Arabs, Chinese etc from ancient past. Kerala was not much exposed to any serious external invasions (Iranian, Alexander, Mongolian, English, etc) or direct conflict. In Kerala, before British started controlling the customs via centralized laws, Christianity and Islam co existed with local beliefs. Those who practiced Indian way of worship used to refer Muslims as practitioners of “4th Veda” or “Adharva Veda”, but accepted them as one of the ways of worships. Lot many churches and musjids in north Kerala resembles temples and most of the old festivals shows all inclusiveness. In the neighboring Andaman and Nikobar islands and some parts of Kerala itself we can see that people of different worships lives in same family.
Hence, there are strong reasons to believe that the invaders never understood the existence of belief without religion, as they were never exposed to such openness. Interventions with prejudice pave birth to ‘religions’ in India. It is high time to discard the religions and to go back to beliefs.
In this context I am trying to bring some analogies between Semitic and Indian myths to emphasis the fact that there are no religions, but there are only some differences in rituals, and more or less the aim of such rituals aim the same.
=== Manu Vs Adam ===
According to Indian myths it is believed that Manu is the fore father of human beings. In similar lines Adam is believed to be the fore father of us by Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc.
=== Krishna Vs Moses ===
The stories of Krishna and Moses resemble a lot. Both of them were separated from parents as soon as they are born in a rainy night, interestingly in same way. There was a cruel ruler who was killing all new born baby boys. Krishna/Moses was kept in a basket and left it in a river. They both were born in an oppressed class and become powerful by making popular movements. Both of them brought sacred texts which do not contradict each other.
=== Jambavan / Gabriel / Jibrael ===
According to Indian myths it is believed that Jambavan is an angel, who lives in mountains, who will be present in the word from beginning till end of it, knowing everything. If we observe Middle East, most of the prophets are given sacred texts by an angel called Gabriel (Jibrael). Again it Holy Quran its is mentioned that there is a mother book of knowledge and for every sect (in terms of generations/era) a specific instance of the same is being given. Even sufi believers used to claim that the link between them and god is via Jibrael. Interestingly we have absconding periods for each of the messengers, Moses, Krishna, Yohannan, Jesus, Mohammed etc. They used to be away from the public, frequently before coming with divine messages. It can be assumed that they were in touch with the said angel for their respective copy of the message?!
=== Devas, Devtas, Asuras and Angels, Devils ===
According to Indian mythology there are some creatures which are not human, but serve and exist with the will of the absolute power. They also do their job (karma) and bows to the supreme (Brahman). They are known as Devas and Devtas. There are another sect which acts against the guidelines of supreme and tries to persuade human beings also in same way. They are referred to as Asuras. These both sects belong to same ancestry.
In Semitic religion they are respectively called as Angels and Devils(Satan). Interestingly they were also one sect before differences arose between them.
=== Conclusion ===
Putting things together, I believe that these differences in stories are mainly due to demographic and language changes. As we know most of these were spread orally and there are enough chances of mis-interpretation. This points to the fact there no religions but only one belief which is underlining the supremacy of the almighty, the Parashakthi, the Brahman, the Yahova or the Allah. It’s high time to demolish all religious establishments. It’s a matter of thoughts and not a matter of rules and regulations. Let the states manage rules and regulations. Let the belief be a private affair.