secularism as removed from western concept.
INTRODUCTION: Define secularism – secularism is the principle of the separation of
government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious institution
and religious dignitaries
BODY: Explain the difference between Indian and western secularism – I.e in Western
secularism religion is Independent of the State and its activities, they don’t interfere in each
Indian society and culture, being deeply integrated with religious ideals and values, we cannot
imagine a concept of complete divorce of state from religion. Instead our model of secularism
has features like – Equal treatment of all religions, Fundamental rights [Article 25- 30 – Promote
religious interests in various ways] -> Explain the importance of each article in detail;
Give examples where the state has intervened in religious aspects when it has come to promote
human rights and dignity – Triple Talaq, Temple entry movement etc
Give examples of positive intervention with respect to religious acts – Haj visit, Chardham
yatra, Kartarpur Sahib Corridor – All are for promotion of specific religions but state is trying
to make it convenient for the citizens. Setting educational standard for madarasas and so on.
We can find many such examples.
Thus Indian state has tried to promote the religious interests of Individuals and Groups, while
abstaining from negative discrimination in the name of religion [Article 15,16]. Thus it can be
said to be better than the western concept of secularism.