announcement/farmaan

Here is one announcement. Bloggers and web-sites can copy paste on your blogs.Please don’t forget to mention tagging.

All posts must be taggedOne State Solution Week, 2007‘, or ‘OSSW, 2007’, or we could go with any other uniform tag.This is important to keep track of posts.

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7 thoughts on “announcement/farmaan

  1. Johny, you should follow some of the recent debates on the Sarai Reader-List, or at the reader-list blog which is a discussion space set up by the Sarai Initiative at the Center for the study of Developing Societies, Delhi.
    For everyone who wants to know more about these debates the Reader-List is playing host to a very informative and diverse( and cantankerous) debate about religion, art , and politics in the subcontinent.

  2. I was initially quite unenthusiastic about a One State Solution. But watching Raheema work so passionately (on the topic), kinda made me change my mind a bit.

    So here’s my two cents:

    While the idea is absolutely great, I am not confident that this will ever work.

    The greatest hurdle for a One State Solution (in my opinion) is (was and will always be) religion. The reason we have a Pakistan today is because of religion. I can’t see how we can overcome this.

    I think trying to disturb this (Two State Theory) will only cause confusions on a greater scale. Simply because this topic has potential for greater harm than the ones you highlight in your blog.

    Many Indians will resent a ‘One State Solution’ because it will only bring back memories of the past, which are quite frankly confrontational and provocative. It is best we stay away from them. Plus, we are in a post-9/11-world, and this makes it doubly difficult.

    But full marks for the idea and concept, Raheema. 🙂

    I just think this is not the solution for the victims in Gujarat. Before Gujarat there were thousands of other victims, Rahi. And we (Indians) have chosen to voluntarily forget about them. If we work our way backwards, we will only create more resentment.

    It is best we leave the two states alone. This is my opinion and I could be wrong, of course. 🙂

  3. Thank you for your opinions.And for voicing them out loud.
    I donot see this as a solution only for the victims in Gujarat.And will never deny any victim of communal violence or religious intolerance his or her right to be angry.
    I’m also asking you to go farther back than Gujarat.In fact, farther back than partition, because that is where it all started.
    But I am actually not idealising any past.I’m saying that we can and have to break religious intolerance.
    It is not the divide that is the problem , because these divides will and perhaps need to exist.
    It is how rigid and how impermeable they are that is the problem.
    I’m also saying that a One State Solution is a smart way to go, because religious intolerance brings down the morale of all people.Not just the discriminated but also the discriminators.

  4. We have to stop seeing religion itself as a problem.Religions give us inner peace and are the source of spirituality.
    I don’t think organised religion itself is a problem.Organised religion with no basis on tolerance is a big problem.Uniting people on the basis of love is what saints did.But none of them were politicians.Politicians use spirituality in order to gain political clout.
    Religion and politics brought together are a heady mix.And can easily be divisive.Religion is never only private or public.And neither is politics.
    Tolerance then is the greatest spiritual virtue.It means that you will be what you will be but nothing that I am will tarnish what you are.
    It means that you have nothinged yourself in your heart to such a great extent that you could be anybody.Being all that you are.You could be everybody.
    We could all exist.And be.Everybody.Together.

  5. But the idea is very nice. Let us see how other people will react to this. It is not like I am against a One State Solution, it is just that it won’t work owing to the involvement of religion.

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