Thursday, February 18, 2010

Secularism can be seen as a rupture from the past and a prerequisite to Sri Aurobindo's "Subjective Age"

Some form of secularism (church-state separation) is necessary because it serves as a useful antidote to the infrarational forms of religion, whether it arises from Hinduism or Islam.  Secularism in that sense can be seen as a rupture from the past and a prerequisite to Sri Aurobindo's "Subjective Age".
Comment posted by: Govind
That is certainly the most positive way to look at it. I can detect a parallel between Sri Aurobindo's own experience as a child, with Krishnadhan Ghose attempting to bring about a similar drastic rupture from the past in the case of his own son. Our so-called founding fathers seem to have tried to do the same with Mother India. My faith tells me that India's further growth too will follow the trajectory of Sri Aurobindo's Life and She will arrive. Perhaps that is the inner significance of the 15th of August.
Comment posted by: auroman
Assuming you are referring to Nehruvian secularism, certainly there are opportunists who play vote bank politics but there may also be those who reach out to minorities because they want to be inclusive, help the poor and the downtrodden.  That instinct of compassion is laudable even though it sometimes leads to laxity in standards and govt excesses.

Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 7:17 PM
Indian politics, before fully recovering from the impact of colonialism, is grappling with multiple dimensions of the perceived menace of globalization. Opportunity, prosperity, and migration are drawing fresh contours of diversity thus confusing and destabilizing old affiliations and affections. Such a scenario stimulates breaking forth from the past and shedding meaningless embellishments yoked to culture and tradition.  Inculcating a modern outlook at the moment, therefore, is the need of the hour, and only Savitri Era Party is equipped with such a perspective. [TNM]

Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:27 PM 
The reformist role that The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have played is patently subversive not only to the Hindu but also for the Christian religion. This is inevitable when the idea is to forge a unity overarching diverse cultures and continents. [TNM] The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have paved the way for an epochal synthesis. [TNM]  2:53 PM

Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 8:29 PM
Jatindranath Mukherjee, M.N. Roy, Acharya Narendra Deva, Dr. K B Hedgewar, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad: a galaxy of front ranking patriots spanning the whole gamut of political spectrum have acknowledged their debt to Sri Aurobindo. There is no reason why the same elevating sentiments cannot be recreated in our time and a genuine nationalist revolution played out. [TNM]

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