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Secular or Communal, don’t make cow a scapegoat

DNDEL5447 | 6/2/2017 | Author : Dwaipayan Bose | WC :394 | India

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To be or not to be… secular -- that is the Shakespearean dilemma before us. And within that stands a hapless cow.
Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra hit the nub of the issue with a tweet on Wednesday, saying: “The new secularism definition according to some is -- if you eat beef then you’re secular; if you don’t then you’re communal.” Unfortunately, that is where the Constitutional principle ‘Secular’ has landed up after going through years of abuse by political entities.
The word ‘Secular’ entered the Constitution of India through the very-controversial 42nd Amendment of 1976. Also called the ‘Indira’ Amendment because of provisions that made the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) all-powerful, this ‘disruption’ altered the descriptio
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