Such activities which promote a particular religion are a serious breach of the Constitution of India as it is the supreme law of the land and every citizen, as well as the government, is duty-bound to abide by it—which wasn’t seen happening when the ritual of Bhoomi Pujan was carried out by the head of J&K. While it has to be the responsibility of the State to ensure that the Constitution is not violated, the fact that a religious ceremony of one faith was performed by the head of the State is a violation of its basic principle, which deserves nothing but condemnation.
While we do not oppose any particular religion, all that we are attempting to state and convey is that the state must support and strengthen the fabric of secularism throughout the nation as well as in J&K, which serves as the best example for it, and that it must not promote or profess anything that is in opposition to the foundation of this country’s Constitution, a document that has helped India progress towards becoming the most tolerant nation on earth as well as the mother of democracy and secularism. If India stands tall and educates the world on democracy, it is because of the fundamental nature of the state, which is and must be religion-neutral. The examples of countries that have dressed their states in religious garb are in front of us—they may have accomplished everything, but they have failed to attain inclusion, equality, and supremacy of the rule of law.
India and its people will never wish to become one of such countries because what the Constitution has given us is unique, and that uniqueness has propelled this country to become one of a kind around the world. The religious-neutral innate trait must be safeguarded and strengthened since it is where we distinguish ourselves. It must be the ultimate fact that the state cannot promote any specific faith or religion and will stay neutral in religious affairs and that it must ensure that such a violation of the Indian Constitution does not occur again. There must be precautions made to guarantee that the State maintains utmost impartiality in matters of faith and religion. The Constitution does not teach us to promote a specific religion by the State, thus we go against it in this case, unless we have made a conscious decision to do otherwise.
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