Indian Society and the Secular

  • ROMILA THAPAR, Author

Abstract

Indian society and the secular, that secularism goes beyond just politics, although our political parties have attempted to reduce it to a political slogan. So one party endorses it in theory but hesitates to apply it properly in practice, the other makes fun of it since the party’s foundational ideology is anti-secular. Supporting secularism or dismissing it, is not just a political slogan. It is deeply tied to the question of the kind of society that we want. This is perhaps why it was widely discussed in the early years of independence whereas now attempts are being made to scuttle it. Questioning the secular would mean seriously changing the direction that we have intended to give to Indian society. If secularism is removed from the constitution then democracy becomes a victim, with an unthinkable future.

Published
2018-02-01
How to Cite
THAPAR, ROMILA. Indian Society and the Secular. SummerHill, [S.l.], v. 21, n. 1, p. 1-7, feb. 2018. ISSN 0972-1452. Available at: <http://iias.ac.in/ojs/index.php/summerhill/article/view/20>. Date accessed: 21 july 2018.