Emphasis on secular politics

In our country, the only way to tackle the secular commul divide, which is perpetuated by political parties for furthering their rrow political ends, is to ensure that there is a greater emphasis on secular policies in the socio-economic sphere. It should be ensured that there is absolutely no discrimition on the basis of religion. Safeguarding rights of minorities can not be stretched to favour them merely on the ground of being a minority community while denying the same treatmant to people similarly placed in other communities.

Vulnerable sections must certainly be given all possible state assistance. The beneficiaries must be identified on the basis of verifiable economic criteria, cutting across considerations of religion or community. Unless this is done, both the pseudo-secularists and commulists will continue to exploit sectarian divides, jeopardising the future of the tion.

Satish Kumar Sarma,
Biswath Chariali.

On the Hijab

Hijab is a veil traditiolly worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere. This shows that the women  are not given the chance to stand at par with men. The women wearing hijab think that by doing so they can remain safe from the attack of men. It is seen that even when the girls wear hijab, they are atacked and raped. In some countries, wearing hijab is customary. Women have to wear hijab against their wish. On the other hand, there are women who wear hijab wilfully. In the contemporary world Muslim women are coming out in the open; but, at the same time there is the need for making them more independent.

Mohua Chakraborty,