Author J Sai Deepak addresses false narratives and the hijab controversy

He emphasised the need for platforms to engage in conversations about these issues and said that the temple has been misunderstood and misrepresented.

Published: 10th February 2023 01:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2023 01:15 AM   |  A+A-

Sai Deepak

Author and advocate J Sai Deepak speaks during a discussion on 'India and Bharat: Evolution or Revolution?' at TNIE's ThinkEdu conclave in Chennai, Feb.9, 2023. (Photo | R Satish Babu, EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The existence of the Hindu community as a majority doesn’t mean that they have a greater responsibility to preserve peace, said J Sai Deepak, advocate, Supreme Court.

Deepak, a noted Indian author and commentator, spoke about the false narrative surrounding the Indian minority community, the hijab controversy in educational institutions, and the ongoing revision of history at the 11th edition of The New Indian Express ThinkEdu Conclave 2023 in Chennai on Thursday.

He called for the majority population to be cognizant of the rights of the minority and for the minority to conduct itself in a way that aligns with public morality. He also spoke about the misunderstanding of his books and urged the youth to understand their faith and put more faith in facts. He emphasised the need for platforms to engage in conversations about these issues and said that the temple has been misunderstood and misrepresented.

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In a discussion with senior journalist Kaveree Bamzai, on the topic, "India and Bharat: Evolution or Revolution?” Deepak said, “There is a false narrative and particularly as a community, which has suffered in the hands of colonizers and invaders. I am sorry the burden can be no more on us. We have done away with 1/3rd of our land in the form of Pakistan and Bangladesh. What more is expected of this community,” said Deepak.

He further said that while the majority population will be cognizant of the rights of the minority so that they are treated at par with them when it comes to constitutional rights, this treatment at this particular extension of goodwill cannot be a one-way street. “It is up to the minority to also ensure that it conducts itself in a way that public morality is largely dictated by the majority in every jurisdiction,” said Deepak. Deepak also commented on the hijab controversy in educational institutions in Karnataka.

He asked what the consequences would be for Hindus' ability to wear their religious symbols in a secular institution if he took an anti-hijab stance. He characterized Hinduism as a way of life and not a religion and discussed the ongoing revision of history. Deepak stated that a proper revision should present a clear picture of facts and that he considered the National Education Policy to be only a small step towards that goal.

He also mentioned that his books are misunderstood. “When people read my book they feel it is a stick to beat Congress or the Left which is not correct. Both the left and right and the very existence of these words point to the problem here is that we seem to lack originality and the confidence to draw from our civilization," said Deepak.

Deepak urged young people to strive to understand their faith. He emphasized that they should not feel the need to be more Hindu merely because others are more Muslim, and encouraged them to be true to their roots.

He emphasized the importance of putting faith in facts, cultivating a love of reading, and educating oneself on these issues. He stressed the need for platforms where these conversations can take place and suggested that the temple is an institution that has been widely misunderstood and misrepresented. He encouraged people to explore this aspect further.


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