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The decision by the Indian government to abolish the haj subsidy has opened a can of worms since the country is also responsible for its majority population. The state must not be held responsible for the issues of minorities who are in a majority globally. It will be better to use the money saved in the welfare of minorities in other countries like the Hindu's in Pakistan or the Hindu's in Indonesia.

Helping the Hindu's and other faiths that are in the minority around the world does not amount to appeasement, something which both the major parties have been doing for narrow political gains.

The previous UPA government had floated the idea of giving subsidy for Haj pilgrims which in reality was going into the coffers of the national carrier, Air India.

The carrier was deep in the red due to its archaic infrastructure and attitude of its workers which can be described as just appropriate as is the case with any public sector undertakings.

The BJP is also not innocent of the charge against its Hindu centric policy, and the secular fourth estate started asking the government questions like – What about the crores spent on Kumbh Mela's or the or the dole outs like Rs 46.5 lakh to the Travancore Devaswom Board.

This question was put forth by Mr. Owaisi who said that spending on other events like Kumbh Mela's or pilgrimage to Hindu holy places must be curtailed.

The Faith and the State

However, one should differentiate between dole outs for individuals and money spent on events which encompasses a wider cross-section of society.

The Haj subsidy is given to a particular individual, and something akin to this is the Chardham Yatra for Hindus which is subsidized by the center of state governments. If Mr. Owaisi meant this kind of subsidy, it is fair to state that the state should stop it also.

Ensuring the secular structure

Our forefathers had tried to distance the state as much as possible from religious matters of either community. It will be better for the center to focus its attention on the welfare of communities rather than dabbling in religious matters. Only then can the country remain truly secular.