Political parties that call themselves secular have failed because their secularism is “event-based”, speakers at a function to release the third edition of a book on Gujarat riots, Gujarat Ka Sabak, said in New Delhi on Friday.
The event became controversial as its organiser, Socialist Yuvjan Sabha, recently received a threat that it would have to face serious consequences if it went ahead with the function. Subsequently, the Sabha approached the police and a few policemen were posted at the venue, Gandhi Peace Foundation.
Justice (retd) Rajendra Sachar, who chaired the function, said it was wrong to blame the present central government alone for communalism.
“What have Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee done to improve the situation in their states?” he said. He pointed out that “when the Babri mosque was razed, a secular government was at the Centre.” Written by Prem Singh, an associate professor of Hindi at Delhi University, Gujarat Ka Sabak was first released in 2006.
Faisal Khan of Khudai Khidmatgaar organisation commented on the poor nature of secular politics in the country and said: “The activism of secular people is event-based. To defeat the RSS-BJP agenda, one must work for the ideal of secularism daily.”