Ram Setu – A matter of Science & Faith – Selective Rationalism
It is almost few months now the Ram-Setu project has stolen the limelight. Every channel, every newspaper and every website covered this subject in full details. There were discussions between the so called learned men, rationalists and religious personnel.
The public memory is too short and in another week’s time, all of us would forget this and would be discussing something more sensational. When the whole world is into this, why should I lag behind? Let me also blog on this but would like to be different.
The argument between Science and Faith has no end to it. Science says that nothing is true unless it is proven by experiment or you can say to disprove what other claim! However, the irony is, almost all the scientific statement are re-written. What accepted one day was refuted after some years and people still followed the new concept!
Faith is different. One does not dare to make amendments to the religious texts. If Science says the hypothesis is false even if one out of the thousand conditions is not proven whereas faith is other way around. Science can theorize anything but cannot explain what caused it!
I do agree that there is no proof that God exists but at the same time, I would also like to reiterate that there is no proof that God does not exist. The so called rationalists of India who take the support of science to uphold that Sri Ram never existed can provide us a single proof that He did not exist?
Let them say that there is no proof for the existence of Sri Ram but they cannot go overboard and say that Sri Ram was not a real person! Rationalists do have their own rights to condemn the superstitious believing but my question is why they are selective? All religions survive on faith but the so-called Indian rationalists attack only Hindus’ myths and question only Hindu faiths. They turn a blind eye to other religions.
This selective-rationalization or pseudo-secularism drives Hindus to be irrational. Tolerance of diversity is the hall-mark of Hindus however, this is abused or undue advantage is taken by the rationalists. It is not an exaggerated if we called the so-called Indian rationalists are spineless cowards.
This is because Hindus are soft-targets. If you attack Hindus political parties would support you. Even if they don’t, they will be labeled as communal. The entire media would depict as a barbarian communal!
As to obtain a certificate of a secular from these media and political parties, the so called learned men also will keep quiet in this subject. Whereas had the rationalists questioned the faith of other religions (read minorities), the heaven would break loose! The government, the political parties, the media the learned men all would pounce on you and beat you to death.
Since the time of Nehru, there has been no respite from the attacks on Hindu beliefs. This drives Hindus to be isolated, they feel they are threatened and they are ready to give up their culture of tolerance.
I am neither supporting Ram Setu nor oppose it. I would like to raise a voice for Rationalism versus Selective rationalism!