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Religious revival



Khemraj Keshabsharan, Santa Shiromani
In the fourth and sixth centuries, two Chinese theologians wrote about Nepal as the sort of place where no one wanted bad for another and where people kept their doors open even when they left the house. No one ever imagined that there would be violence in Nepal, or that Nepalis would engage in so much hatred and bloodshed.
Because of the politics of hatred in Nepal, most people have become faithless. But people are again turning towards religion due to social instability. It's characteristic for people to have renewed faith in god during times when they, their families and societies, do not have any security. While other religions focus on expansion, trying to convert more people into their religion, Hindu leaders are promoting religious activities and ways of thinking through sermons.

Kebi Rokaya, Nepali Rastriya Mandali Parisad
Increasing insecurity and inflation have eroded people's sense of hope. This is one of the reasons why they are trying to find answers in spirituality. Since Nepal was declared a secular state, Hindu devotees have become even more religious. Groups that thought twice before engaging in religious activities are now much more active. The increasing religious fervour is a good sign. But parties are politicising religion. In the new constitution, Nepal shouldn't be made a secular state, but a religiously neutral one. It would be hypocritical to let representatives be chosen simply based on religion. If we are going to ask for places for Muslims and Christians, why were we against the opportunities Hindus enjoyed in the past?



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