by Promod Puri
That it is just a matter of personal belief is a mindset and restricted understanding of religion. And one can be absolutely right within that perception.
In fact, belief is the base on which fear, miracles, and emotions are developed and endorsed by the priest class of all the world religious orders.
However, the fundamental message of religion is the ethical conduct of life.
Many known statesmen have effectively advocated religious ethics not only as part of their political wisdom and temperament for better understanding and acceptance of their messages but to underline the importance of faith in the affairs of civil society as well.
From Mohammad to Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela and Dr. Ambedkar all had religious commitments grounded in humanism, love, compassion, and kindness to wage their political and social campaigns against slavery, apartheid, discrimination, inequality, and untouchability based on color, class, and caste.
Gandhi’s crusade against evils in the society and his political discourse were derived from the Hindu scriptures of Upanishads advocating the concepts of non-violence, truthfulness, self-discipline, compassion, and virtuousness.
Obama, who believes in the power of faith, has sought a “serious debate about how to reconcile faith with our modern, pluralistic democracy.”
And that is what religion is all about, the rest are fanatic beliefs, rituals, customs and traditions which are non-binding components of any religious order.