A dialogue with naysayers

A dialogue with naysayers

This series of write-ups on The Secular State organised and curated by Community Editor Dosabandit is perhaps the first social media effort in India to coherently articulate and debate the idea of a secular state, its relevance for India and also to suggest alternatives from the perspective of the ‘raucous’ […]

 

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  • Secularism – Retold

    Secularism – Retold

    Introduction Secularism is a code of duty pertaining to this life founded on considerations purely human and intended mainly for those who find theology indefinite or inadequate unreliable or unbelievable. Its essential principles are three 1 The improvement of this life by material means 2 That science is the available […]

     
  • Is secularism as practiced in India dharmic?

    Is secularism as practiced in India dharmic?

    As has been explained before, secularism was brought about in the Christian West to save atheists from being looked down upon by Christians and to allow a definition of goodness done by people that is absolutely shorn off all religious connotations. In the Indian context though, this concept as enforced […]

     
  • On Secularism

    On Secularism

    . What is secularism? This political system or ideology can be variously understood – 1. A State without religion 2. A convenient apportioning of powers between State and religious authorities 3. A State treating all religions equally without itself aligning with any one particular religion 4. State suppression of religion In […]

     
  • Secularism in India, a historical perspective

    Secularism in India, a historical perspective

    When the word ‘Secular’ was borrowed from the west and placed into the preamble of our constitution by the founding members of modern India, the message they wanted to send out to the world and the value system they wanted to instill among Indians in a nutshell was that India […]

     
  • Secularism through the eyes of a  Kashmiri Hindu

    Secularism through the eyes of a Kashmiri Hindu

    Does the name Vinod Pandit ring a bell? Probably not. This gentleman along with Sunita Sharma fasted for 10 days in Jammu last week hoping to get the attention of State government and preferably Central Government to the ‘Temple and Shrine bill’ pending in J&K state assembly. They were also […]

     
  • India as a Secular State

    India as a Secular State

    It happens to me almost every time I attend a CRI or Friends of BJP get-together. Four or five times in the past ten months of this calendar year 2011 alone I have been gently taken aside from the crowd of 10-15 and  told the equivalent of: ‘You see, secularism […]

     
  • Secularism : Principle Or Dogma ?

    The principle and definition of secularism has always been a subject of intense debate in India. It has manifested itself in the form of a guideline or a supra-policy in our political and administrative establishment. After the 42nd amendment, the preamble of our constitution reads : “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, […]

     
  • Need for Uniform Civil Code in India: A human rights perspective

    Need for Uniform Civil Code in India: A human rights perspective

    The debate surrounding personal religious law and the need for a uniform civil code constitutes a key concern in the concept of secularism and religious freedom in India. Though the substantive laws of crime, commerce, economy etc are now governed by secular law based on the principles of ‘justice, equity […]