International issues

Religion and government

Every religion sticks to certain practices which are not relevant in modern age. Some religions are so rigidly attached to such practices that they won’t compromise on them, come what may. Any attempt to violate or disobey the religious codes which include the dress you wear will be dealt with severely. But interestingly most of the dos and don’ts are applicable to women.

Since religion is a sensitive issue the matters relating to it have to be handled sensibly. Your intention may be good but the way you want to bring about the changes often meet with loud protest till you drop the idea. The burqa affair in France would not have triggered a heated debate if it were handled sensibly. There is a tendency among people to violate the rules imposed by the government but on the other hand if there was no compulsion, those concerned may not be keen on adhering to these religious practices. The pity is that most of the religions are more concerned about the material aspects rather than the spiritual part of the religions.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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