Vineet Chaitanya <vc(a)mail.iiit.net> wrote:
On Sun, Sep 07, 2003 at 05:22:21AM +0530, Ramanraj
> The British used religion as a tool to divide and rule India.
> attempted to use religion to unite us.
The use of
dividing is dangerous as we now know.
I think the "uniting" which is dangerous is only a superficial
uniting and inherently involves "dividing".
On the other hand, the uniting which Mahatma Gandhi attempted
was a genuine uniting.
Sorry, for bringing in extraneous philosophical points in this
but I do think that clarity of thinking is very
much essential in
any endevour. So I just wanted to clarify the statement of Shree
It is futile to repent history, but to ignore history is folly.
Annie Besant left the Home Rule League in 1920 because it had become
"intertwined with Religion". Even if using religion in public affairs
was justified because it was "genuine uniting", it did not work well
from the start, and ultimately ended in the partition of our country,
and the problems continue, inspite of the best efforts of our leaders.
Postings in this list frequently relate to e-governance and education
using free software. The past ought to be carefully considered while
laying new paths into the future. Mahatma Gandhi himself clarified
the position of religion in a state:
"The State would look after your secular welfare, health,
communcations, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not your or
my religion. That is everybody's personal concern"
- Harijan: Sept. 22, 1946
If a state ignores this, the state may be forced to spend huge sums on
peace keeping, depriving utilisation of common funds to meet more
pressing and urgent needs for its children and welfare.
I hope this clarity prevails in the minds of those who write free
software aiming for good education and governance.