Critiquing Secularism

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Revisited

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780195689440
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080342 | DOI:
Critiquing Secularism

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This chapter critiques secularism. Originally a non-Indian term, the term ‘secularism’ is now part of the everyday vocabulary of Indian politics and society. In this interview, T.N. Madan discusses how Indian secularism equipped itself both politically and philosophically to deal with the reality of multiple religions in Indian public life. He looks at the religious state and the non-religious state, the Indian model of secularism, and discusses the inference that secularism in India has been élite driven and the need for a non-élite driven secularism.

Keywords: secularism; Indian politics; multiple religions; religious state; non-religious state; Indian model of secularism; non-élite driven secularism; T.N. Madan

Chapter.  4150 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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