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‘May your Religion be the Welfare of Humanity’*

O. Chinnappa Reddy

in The Court and the Constitution of India

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066286
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081462 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066286.003.0024
‘May your Religion be the Welfare of Humanity’*

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Secularism under the Constitution is fast assuming great significance in India in view of the current, trendy rise of religious fundamentalism and the corresponding rise of political parties based on religion or owing allegiance to fundamentalist organizations. Religious tolerance has been one of the great traditions of the people of India, even if some of its rulers occasionally displayed intolerance. It is the conscious and unconscious view of several people that the Muslims have always kept aloof and have not developed a spirit of common brotherhood with the Hindus. The exclusion of the ordinary Muslim from the ordinary Hindu society which has persisted over the centuries is one of the greatest contributing factors to the exclusivity of the Muslim community and their search for a separate identity. This is also what is happening in the case of the scheduled castes. This chapter examines the rights to freedom of religion, the Directive Principles of State Policy and the Uniform Civil Code, the case of Shah Bano, and secularism and the school curriculum.

Keywords: India; secularism; religion; Constitution; freedom of religion; Directive Principles of State Policy; Uniform Civil Code; Shah Bano; school curriculum

Chapter.  9081 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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