ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOVIET UNION-Serving Notice

is obvious that the section needs to be amended in the light of the constitutional obligation (under Part IV A of Fundamental Duties) to "develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of in quiry and reform''. In pursuance of this duty, one may have to question the validity of many religious beliefs and practices. Such questioning or attempts at objective appraisals of historical figures (belonging to any religious community) should not be surely equated with communal discrimination against and aggressive attacks on members of that religious community. The existing laws provide enough scope for punishment for such acts. Curiously enough, both the politicians and the administrators are vociferous more against cases of 'insult to religious beliefs' than against killings of members of one religious community by another. Beliefs, however irrelevant and obscurantist they may be, are apparently more important than human lives.

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