Archive for April, 2010

DALAI LAMA – A UNIQUE PERSONALITY

April 18, 2010
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During my last visit to Haridwar and Rishkesh one person who left a deep impact on me was His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This was not the first time that I had met the Dalai Lama. I have interacted with him many times earlier. Ever since he, along with thousands of his Tibetan countrymen, have been forced to flee Tibet and adopt India as their own country there have been many functions where we have been together. Between us there has always been bonds of affection and mutual esteem. But the closer interaction with him that I had with him in the two days at the Kumbh enhanced my respect for him manifold. His humility, his nobility, his positivity – all are very transparent traits. At the function where the Encyclopedia of Hinduism was being released, we were on the dais together where suddenly there was a stir among the … Continue reading DALAI LAMA – A UNIQUE PERSONALITY

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The Roots of Democracy and Secularism

April 11, 2010
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A new weekly has been launched in the capital. The Editor is M. J. Akbar; the Chairman is Ram Jethmalani; the name of the paper is The Sunday Guardian. The last issue of this journal (April 4, 2010) carries an interesting article by Jethmalani. The title of this article sounds provocative : “Hindutva is not property of BJP”. Some of my party colleagues may take umbrage, and presume the article is critical. It is not. It is complimentary. Indeed, the stress is on Indian Secularism having its roots in Hindutva. Jethmalani had very ably argued Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi’s case in the Supreme Court, and secured Justice Verma’s landmark judgement on Hindutva in which the Court declared : “Hindutva is a way of life or state of mind and cannot be understood as religious Hindu fundamentalism”. In his article the learned lawyer observes: “It is a pity that the … Continue reading The Roots of Democracy and Secularism

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लोकतंत्र और सेकुलरिज्म की जडें

April 11, 2010
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राजधानी नई दिल्ली से एक नया साप्ताहिक शुरू हुआ है। इसके सम्पादक एम.जे. अकबर और चेयरमैन राम जेठमलानी हैं। साप्ताहिक का नाम है ‘द संडे गार्जियन’ (The Sunday Guardian). इस पत्रिका के पिछले संस्करण (4 अप्रैल, 2010) में जेठमलानी का एक दिलचस्प लेख प्रकाशित हुआ है। लेख का शीर्षक उकसाने वाला लगता है: ”हिन्दुत्व भाजपा की सम्पत्ति नहीं है” (Hindutva is not property of BJP)। मेरी पार्टी के कुछ सहयोगी इस पर आपत्ति करते हुए मान सकते हैं कि यह आलोचनात्मक है। जबकि ऐसा नहीं है, यह प्रशंसात्मक है। वस्तुत: इसमें जोर दिया गया है कि भारतीय सेकुलरिज्म की जड़ें हिन्दुत्व में हैं। जेठमलानी ने सर्वोच्च न्यायालय में शिवसेना के नेता मनोहर जोशी का केस बहुत अच्छे ढंग से प्रस्तुत किया और न्यायमूर्ति वर्मा का हिन्दुत्व पर उल्लेखनीय निर्णय पाने में सफलता हासिल की जिसमें न्यायालय ने घोषित किया: ”हिन्दुत्व एक जीवन पध्दति है या मनोवृत्ति है और इसे मजहबी … Continue reading लोकतंत्र और सेकुलरिज्म की जडें

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