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Rationalism and Religion

Most of people, including some of my friends, think that religion is not about rationalism. I think, if its not then it should move towards rationalism.

Let me remind you of Vivekananda, Rajaram Mohan Roy, Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan, they all talked about disobeying those provisions of religious text which defy human reason. This was a fight against irrationality. This was about giving more importance to human being than God. This was about ending suffering in this world not in the some hypothetical world. This was about giving confidence to people that they can achieve anything if they desire. This was about giving more power to masses than those sitting in temples or mosques. This was about giving equal respect to women and Dalits.

But here again, after more than a century, we fighting against the rationality. We are not ready to follow the path suggested by Hegel -dialectics of ideas. According Dialectics of idea, through discussion only we move from lesser idea to greater idea. From thesis to anti-thesis to synthesis and this cycle doesn’t stop till we achieve the ultimate truth. But many people in India are not allowing to take discussion on religion. They opposed Wendy Doniger and now its PK.

I would put a theory from the Cryptography here. If someone discover a fairly safer method to crypt his/her information, then its NOT fully secure if this method is not in public sphere. Meaning this method has not been fully scrutinized and whenever it will be known to anyone it will be broken and lots of important information will be leaked. Thus its important that this method to crypt should be put in public space so that if there are any shortcomings people can point out and creator of method can fill that gap. After many iteration this method becomes secured enough for use. Thus what makes this method secured is scrutiny and we in India not even allowing people to question our religion. Can we really think of moving towards greater good?

This is the time,We, The People of India, come forward and support any rational discussion in public space whether its on religion, on gender or on Article 370. Without discussion we will not be able to remove the shortcomings in our religion. Hasn’t the sati and untouchability used to be part of our religion? Wouldn’t it would have kept us backward had not stalwarts like Rajaram Mohan Roy, Ambedkar and Gandhi had come forward? What you think about US when policeman shooting a black US citizen was acquitted?

Think, when our Prime Minister is thinking to make India a powerhouse of knowledge,the Jagat-guru, then can we afford to take passion over rationality in any sphere of our life including religious sphere.

P.S.: “Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.” –Bertrand Russell

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