My religion is nobody else’s business, says CJI T S Thakur

Thakur, while releasing the book titled 'The Inner Fire, faith, choice and modern-day living in Zoroastrianism', also said that more destruction, damage and bloodshed in this world has taken place on the account of religious beliefs.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2016 3:39 pm
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India, T.S. Thakur during the 50th anniversary function of establishment of the High Court of Delhi, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh (PTI10_31_2016_000139b) Thakur, while releasing the book titled ‘The Inner Fire, faith, choice and modern-day living in Zoroastrianism’, also said that more destruction, damage and bloodshed in this world has taken place on the account of religious beliefs. (PTI Photo)

The relationship between man and God is “very personal” and should be “nobody else’s business”, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur said on Sunday as he stressed on tolerance for peace in society. More lives have been lost in religious wars than due to political ideologies, Justice Thakur said during the release of a book on Zoroastrianism, penned by Supreme Court Judge Justice Rohinton F Nariman.

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Thakur, while releasing the book titled ‘The Inner Fire, faith, choice and modern-day living in Zoroastrianism’, also said that more destruction, damage and bloodshed in this world has taken place on the account of religious beliefs.

“In this world, more lives have been lost in religious wars than on political ideologies. More humans have killed each other because they thought their path is better than his, that he is an infidel, that he is a non-believer. More destruction, damage, bloodshed has taken place in this world on account of religious beliefs.

“What is my religion? How do I connect with my God? What kind of relationship I share with my God. It is nobody else’s business. You can chose your relationship with your God,” the CJI said.

Relationship between man and God “is something which is very personal and individual. So no one else has any thing to do with it,” he added.

“I think the message of brotherhood, tolerance and accepting that ultimately all path leads to one path, one God, will bring world peace, will bring prosperity. In that sense Rohinton has done a great service,” Justice Thakur said.

Former Supreme Court judge Justice B N Srikrishna explained certain verses of Gathas (the most sacred texts of the Zoroastrian faith believed to have been composed by Zoroaster himself) which dealt with equanimity.

Justice Srikrishna also explained its connection with the Rigveda and the similarities with Sanskrit.

Speaking on the occasion, noted lawyer Fali S Nariman, father of the author Rohinton F Nariman, said parents learn in retrospective about their children.

“We as parents come to realise, as many parents do, for years we did not appreciate the qualities exhibited now by Rohinton. Parents learn, unfortunately, retrospectively what they should have know about the characteristics of their children from the beginning.” High Priest of Parsi community, Khurshed Dastoor, was present at the function.

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First Published on: November 20, 2016 3:35 pm
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    Ram
    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm
    Hindus keep preaching this to themselves and keep getting destro since 0000s of years. It is like accepting defeat before fight. BTW CJI.....? Let's keep mum for good.
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      Hindu.Rashtra
      Nov 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm
      THEN WHY TH FK ARE YOU SAYING THAT IN PUBLIC
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        Haru Mandal
        Nov 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm
        It is reuring to know that such a gentleman holds one of the highest consutions positions of India. Our consution is in safe hands!
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          IML sood
          Nov 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm
          But the big Q is how and why some religious books say their religion is supreme and people of other religion are to be called in different name. Why no comments about that poisonous theory whic is being practised in many countries.
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            IML sood
            Nov 20, 2016 at 6:55 pm
            Ken comments are proper reply to maroon like Kazi The born faked named slave.
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              Sajed Syed
              Nov 20, 2016 at 11:45 am
              Religions are problem. Their originators themselves were fallible mortals, elevated to undeserved status by the gullible.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People shall follow Dharma that is not a club like any religion is. Google the difference between Dharma and relgiion
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                Abbiya
                Nov 20, 2016 at 10:49 am
                100 % right now doubt. .spiration thinking. .
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                  abdul
                  Nov 20, 2016 at 11:58 am
                  @ "“In this world, more lives have been lost in religious wars than on political ideologies. More humans have killed each other because they thought their path is better than his..."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why you blame religion. If the US think that his way of living is better than the others and wages wars,,,,isnt it guilty of killing
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                    Ajay G
                    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:41 am
                    Well written. Coming from CJI, this must open eyes of religious bigots.
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                      ak dev
                      Nov 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm
                      That religion is a very personal thing is a Hindu Mind set. If same beliefs are followed by millions of people, it's no more personal. A religion may affect even hour to hour lives of individuals.
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                        anmol patel
                        Nov 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                        651 AD islam arrives in Persia or rather invades Persia , within two centuries the Zoroastrian potion is converted to islam . Parsis that we see today in india are the remnants of the bloody onslaughts on zoroastrians by the so called believers ...... yes religion should be personal and should not be forced .....
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                          Anthony
                          Nov 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm
                          All those who use religion to grab power must be banned for life from politics. Millions have been macred and murdered in the name of religion by bloodthirsty politicians and their blind Bhakts.
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                            Aparup Raj
                            Nov 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                            exactly..........
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                              Arun
                              Nov 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm
                              No need to preach the people as people of India has DNA of tolerance,love and affection.Ir is advised to be more sensitive towards Black moneys, Corruption and delay in getting justice to Aam Aadmi and there would not be more use of money by money and muscle power people.No dout he is honest CJI for no one can challenge him but being CJI, he must look into above problems before he retires by Jan 2017dia is in the grip of Black moneys and corruption.Can he do so ?
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                                atul
                                Nov 20, 2016 at 10:52 am
                                all those who have a different idea then so called Feku and Bjpee and RSS becomes Anti National. There hidden Chaddi color for sure Brown...say loudly Bharat Maata aur Pita jee ke jayee
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                                  PN badri
                                  Nov 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm
                                  Unfortunately our PM is unnecessarily fighting with our apex court CJ on collegium issue and our country require his public services after his retirement considering his integrity. Definitely CJ will give mental agony to MODI andCo on cash crunch issue to alleviate people's hardship.
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                                    Balgit
                                    Nov 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm
                                    I think I am beginning to admire this man. According to me, he should be the Prime minister of India. I will rate him above Modi, Kejriwal, and Rahul hi.
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                                      Balgit
                                      Nov 21, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                      This man is singlehandedly fighting against corruption in the judiciary. BJP's Anurag Thakur wants him out of the BCCI-Lodha case. Modi is trying to upstage him by interfering in the selection of judges. I hope people such him will restore the credibility of judiciary which is brought down by the verdicts of Delhi HC, disproportionate ets of judges, violence inside courts and politician-judges nexus.
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                                        Balgit
                                        Nov 21, 2016 at 1:05 am
                                        Your religion may be nobody's business, but the Hindu religion is $$business$$ for BJP.
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                                          Bijan Mohanty
                                          Nov 20, 2016 at 10:47 am
                                          Brilliant observation by Justice Thakur.
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                                            Brahm Gaur
                                            Nov 20, 2016 at 11:49 am
                                            I also believe that my relationship with the god is very personal but when I see that people are being brainwashed by some people of other faiths is very disturbing. But it does happen a lot in India and I see that people of other faiths mock Hindus and tell them that Hinduism is a bad religion. It is pointless to pray to a deities etc etc. Then they try to give you all sorts of bribes. Poor people fall for it and lose their religion.
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