Since time immemorial, the places of worship had been rendered sanctity and looked up to for enlightening mankind. Such sacredness was assigned because religion always had a special place in the emotions and sentiments of the masses. It was also because in good times those in charge of the places of worship had higher moral and ethical ground than the common people. Such virtuous and enlightened people took upon themselves to guide the masses. In those times, knowledge and awareness were watermarks of these places. Such places around the globe were deemed ‘beam of light’ in the dark, and paved way for the renaissance of knowledge in the times when mankind was drowned in the abyss of ignorance.
What factors caused such a paradigm shift in their image that we see today. What factors prompted such statements as there ought to be some light in the places of worship? What factors brought such changes that ‘PEW’ research institute issued the research reports which stated ‘of all the murders in the World over half are religiously motivated in one way or the other?
Mandatory registration of the religious seminaries has shown the political intent of the state of not allowing anyone to take undue advantage of the common people in the cover of religion. Purging the places of worship of the black sheep would require concrete and concerted effort from the common people as well.
Obscurantists have been made responsible for the affairs of the places of worship. These dark minded people misguide and recruit common people to meet their ulterior motives. Often some such followers are played as radical elements against the state.
When doing genesis of such causes, one would find the state and social institutions themselves responsible. Once under critical oversight of the state, the religious ambit later was overlooked. No filter was in place to check or regularize the mushrooming growth of seminaries. If misconduct was found, that was not stymied. The tolerance level for crimes committed under the guise of the religion had gone up. The Blind belief of people in the religious clerics further added fuel to the fire.
People would always take clerics as their ‘Messiahs’, and turn a blind eye to the latter’s wrongdoings. More ironic – also a potent reason for the downfall of the once beautiful edifice of the places of worship – was that the syllabi there being outdated and not in conformity with the modern needs of mankind. Once a source of research and enlightenment the religious seminaries later transformed into a stumbling block in the way of the same.
Now the million-dollar question: Is there some light at the end of the tunnel or all has been lost? Well, that depends upon the will of those charged with managing the affairs of the state institutions. Do those people even believe there is some problem? Go a decade back and people wouldn’t even admit the problem and just fumble in dark by finding the faults somewhere else. And look where that state of denial has brought us. Fortunately, today we have come a long way by just acknowledging where our fault lines lie in the religious sphere.
Mandatory registration of the religious seminaries has shown the political intent of the state of not allowing anyone to take undue advantage of the common people in the cover of religion. Purging the places of worship of the black sheep would require concrete and concerted effort from the common people as well. It is high time that the citizens of the state strengthen the hands of the state by pointing out where the fault lies in the religious ambit and not just blindly following it.