Mushirul Hasan

in Moderate or Militant

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695311
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081509 | DOI:

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The introduction to this book offers a series of generalizations bearing upon India's essentially inclusive and tolerant nature. For example, in a society where religion plays a dominant role in virtually every walk of life, it is important that every historian brings secularism into the discussions and affirms its validity as a principle guiding the nation. To renounce this claim is to surrender the nationalist project to right-wing ideologies, be it Hindutva or Islamism. Like nationalism, “secularism” is one of the most evocative themes of our time. In addition, this chapter uses the term “secular state” to describe the relationship which ought to exist, between the state and religion. Furthermore, it considers secular state's antithesis, communalism, a creed based on hatred and violence and the narrowest bigotry.

Keywords: India; nation; right-wing ideologies; secularism; Hindutva; Islamism; nationalism; secular state; communalism

Chapter.  4343 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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