3. Deep Chandra Awasthi
At the very outset I would like to say that the eight formulations popularised by Sangh Parivar in recent years as stated, is not the whole fact. There may be even some more such formulations put forth by individuals as social hypothesis yet to be put to tests before being accepted as useful practices. The most that can be said is that the Sangh Parivar may also be in a mood to carry out some such tests.
As for the second document which deals with ‘Sarva Panth Samãdar Manch’, I do not find any mention of EQUAL in it, as alleged. The honour is to be extended to ‘all ways of worship’ and nothing more (i.e. not ghetto mentality and hatred to all others etc.). I would request Voice of India to deal with this sensitive issue cautiously in the National interest (not secular, of course) and refer to the real intent of such moves of Sangh Parivar or some individuals as the case may be.
I share the two comments of Voice of India except the words ‘Muslims have become as aggressive and intransigent as during pre-partition period’ (it should be ‘They have since become more aggressive’ etc.) and ‘Now leaders of Sangh Parvar look like following the same path’. I feel they have yet not decided to commit suicide.
My feelings on the two documents
Dr. Shreerang Godbole’s anxiety and his comments offered at Pune Seminar as well as his letter to Sri K.S. Sudarshan are an alarm to all Hindus to seriously ponder over the issues in question. And I think they will. Hindus are thankful to him for the alarm.
‘There are encouraging signs that the foundations of Islam are showing cracks… many Muslims have begun to question the basic premises of Islam. Islam as an ideology is bound to become a museum piece’, is just an over-optimistic expression of Dr. Godbole.
Dr. Godbole is however closest to fact in saying that ‘the Quran, Hadis, Sunnah all cultivate an exclusivist, separatist, imperialist political mind-set of its adherents’. But similarity with Islam of other groups like Marxism etc., does not have a similar bearing on Hindus for diversified reasons. Had such other groups been a problem to Hindus just as Muslims are, Hindus would not have neglected them. It is unuseful to engage one-self on different issues just in a geometrical manner, which are not face to face today or ever in the close future.
No doubt the Muslims of India are the greatest victims of Islam and better they are weaned from the Islamic ideology, but they have since definitely turned as oppressors of non-Muslims. None can aim at Muslims without getting in touch with them. None can preach a ‘Sarva Panth Chikitsã’ (including the Muslims) because they are not going to listen to such preachings.
I am not interested in scanning the literal meanings of SARVA PANTH SAMBHÃV or SAMÃDAR but some platform seems necessary where adherent of all Panths should have an opportunity to discuss the values of their respective Panths, compare with one another, add or delete, accept or renounce the one that was adhered to in ignorance so far.
I would like to explain my position with regard to the word ‘SAMÃDAR’. This word is SAM+ÃDAR which means just ÃDAR in a more sophisticated form. It stands for ‘a reasonable respect’ and not for EQUAL respect. It is widely used in Sanskrit and Hindi for reasonable respect. Dr. Godbole has not interpreted the word correctly.
footnote regarding, ‘Parãvartana’, Dr. Godbole has again used the
word EQUAL which is just disturbing. This word remaining there, Hindus
will be, I am sure, in full agreement with Dr. Godbole on the futility