Date: 02-07-2019

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    Indian secularism focuses on more than the religion-state separation. Explain. (150W|10M)

  • Subject: Society
  • Topic: Indian Society
  • Sub-Topic: Secularism
  • UNDERLYING THEME: Keen understanding of the term secular and Indian concept of
    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
    other’s arena
    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.

    CONCLUSION
    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.

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    Saikrishna

    03-07-2019 08:04:31

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