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Are religious constructions helpful during calamities?

Act of God is just in the “Oh My God” film! India has faced a lot of dangerous calamities and catastrophic crunches in the finance and economic sector due to it. While we worship and pay bunches of cash in temples in God’s name, why isn’t this money seen when India is actually in need of it!!??

Of course, no one can ask them payback, but don’t you think that in the name of God, we are just squandering money and filling the stomachs of wealthy people to get richer. These funds can be helpful to curb a lot of casualties faced by India and help make India a better place to live in.

Unscrupulous entrepreneurs are increasingly taking over public spaces to build shrines. Many people travel for tourism regularly whereas last year, approximately 90 million foreign tourists visited India.

Domestic tourism attracted over 1,400 million visitors, indicating that its implied economics are more significant than the foreign business. While the central government’s tourism promotion efforts focus on the “golden triangle” of Mumbai, Kerala, Jammu, and Kashmir, Uttarakhand has the highest number of foreign tourist arrivals.

The southern states receive the most foreign and domestic tourist traffic because of the number of important religious sites such as Meenakshi Temple and Tamil Nadu. Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu, and Kashmir are popular domestic tourist destinations where religious tourism is now a multibillion-dollar industry.

More than a quarter of Indians have become more religious in four to five years. Between 2007 and 2015, the proportion of Indians who considered religion vital increased from 11% to 80%.

Accordingly, the average expenditure on religious trips has more than doubled. Given current trends, it is an expanding industry, and the sky is the limit.

Blind faith, superstition, and aggressive religion pose a clear and present danger to India’s evolution as a modernizing society that values reason and tempers collective behavior. While economic activity and the jobs it creates are causes for joy, we must also consider the other consequences of this growing religiosity.

The popularity of religion and the practice has resulted in governments increasingly promoting “religious tourism.”

An unspoken and subtle competition now implies that my idol is superior to yours. The Venkateshwara temple in Tirumala is India’s most lucrative tourist attraction. Every year, 40 million devotees visit this Vaishnavite shrine. Telangana is now promoting the Yadagirigutta temple near Hyderabad as a religious tourism destination. Kerala temple boards advertise their stone idols’ magical powers under the CPM government. Communism was supposed to rationalize us and make us believe God was a figment of our imagination.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam desired that the new India be guided by logic and infused with a scientific mindset. Instead, we are becoming people who are increasingly driven by ideology and blind faith. The ill practice of religion and blind faith is the most severe flaws, causing much social conflict and breaking down public behavior and order.
In recent years, prominent individuals and our constitutional authorities have increasingly traveled to places of unreason and faith. We’ve seen our leaders make extravagant offerings to deities to keep a promise they made if elected. Lal Bahadur Shastri avoided visiting religious sites for fear of being perceived as endorsing them to make a point.
Religious shrines are famous worldwide, and India is no exception. It is not that religious tourism is inherently wrong; it is beneficial to the economy. The grumble is with religion’s often regressive values, which are not the same as true faith and spirituality.
Politicians have every right to worship their gods, but not at taxpayers’ expense unless they regard this as a form of business promotion.
India is a land of many diversified religions. As a result, this construction of spiritual sentiments may result in uprisings and a sense of community conflict, resulting in riots and religious war and harming the spirit of diversity in India.
The authored article is written by Sejal Wakkar and shared with Prittle Prattle News  exclusively.
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