What kind of secularism allows for religion based dole-outs to Muslims and Christians ? – M. Nageshwar Rao, former interim Director, CBI

Awakening session – Prevention of Conversions and returning to their original home (religion)

M. Nageshwar Rao

Ramnathi, (Goa) – The tax money that fills the government coffers is secular, but its benefit is limited only to certain communities. There is a separate ministry for minority welfare.; but absolutely no ministry to look after the welfare of the Hindu majority. Over the last 8 years, the central government has spent Rs 37,669 crores on minorities, through various schemes. This figure would double if funds spent on minorities by different states are added to it. This money is being spent on Muslims and Christians who constitute around 20% of India’s population (as per the 2011 census). Obviously, financial assistance should be rendered to those who are in need, but why drag religion into developmental works? This is appeasement. The Parsis, who are also identified as minorities, only receive a limited amount out of these funds. The Jain community is usually self-sufficient, while the Buddhists tend to align with the Hindus. Therefore most of the money is spent on Muslims and Christians. What kind of secularism allows for such huge religion-based dole-outs? If the Constitution is secular then everyone should be treated equally.

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