Secularism has been reduced to a prosthetic limb as implicit attacks on it have become more direct and visible with the BJP even calling it the ‘biggest lie played on Indian citizens’.
In focusing on the question of the desired distance between religion and state or politics, the idea that secularism essentially promoted a social philosophy of life has been sidelined.
The Left lost its way the day it decided to deride and ridicule the Right. The day it decided that its rationalism was superior and that the Right would ‘evolve’ to catch up.
Jagan Nath Azad’s poems condemning the demolition of the mosque say that the event tore apart India’s secular culture, one shaped through centuries of assimilation.
The chief minister also said that “distorting history” is akin to sedition and that “Pakistan” is used as an abuse in Europe, as is “Paki”.
A great responsibility falls upon the democratic and secular parties – whatever be their differences on policy matters – to come together and defend the country’s values.
“Neutrality” that draws equivalences in order shame the liberal voice into not speaking out actually ends up helping the forces of illiberalism.
In our plural secular democracy…the ‘other’ is to be none other than the ‘self’. Any derogation from it would be detrimental to its core values.
Purnama’s two-year harsh imprisonment prompts warnings of Islam creeping into the politics and judiciary of the secular nation.
When church and state come together, the patriarchal attitudes and assertions within religion, society, the polity and the state get consolidated, a cause for concern for women who are marginalised and discriminated against.
As the land around them gets acquired for industry, villagers in Tamil Nadu have found religion is the best way to lay claim to what they can.
As per a recent Supreme Court ruling, appeals to identity politics are fine, as long as they are incidental and not the core of the election campaigns.
The biggest lesson India has to share is the importance of creating a diverse public sphere that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
As the judiciary represents the Indian state, showcasing the symbology of one particular religion in courts amounts to violating the principle of secularism
The outgoing chief justice sided with the majority view because he believed it advances the constitution’s commitment to secularism, which is now recognised as one of its basic features.
Senior counsel Shaym Divan argued that an interpretation contrary to an earlier ruling that held Hinduism as a way of life would lead to the court sanitising the poll process, which should be left to the parliament.
Blasphemy laws, originally introduced by the British and then retained in Pakistan’s legal system, have created a false binary between human rights abuses and respect for religion.
Was Madhav Godbole’s speech cancelled because he was critical about cow slaughter and other issues of interest to the Maharashtra government?
The West’s fear of being seen as Islamophobe undermines true secularism, says the satirical journal
People have the freedom to follow any panth or dharm. But a secular state forbids political claims in their name.
It is no surprise that a state whose law and order machinery is headed by a minister with such semantic predilections will tend to look the other way when various members of his ‘panth nirpeksha’ government justify the use of violence in defence of their ‘dharma’.
When a public lecture by one of the country’s most distinguished, internationally respected academics has khaki uniforms all over, you know your city has entered an era of darkness.
A secular society and polity does not mean abandoning religion. It means the religious identity of an Indian has to give way to the primary identity of a citizen. And the state has to guarantee the rights that come with this identity, as the rights of citizenship.
Strangely enough, or perhaps characteristically, the Prime Minister did not promise severe action against the killers of writers, rational thinkers and ordinary people suspected of eating beef.
The constant propaganda that ‘liberals’ are selective in their criticism allows the right wing to assume a sense of victimhood
As Netaji gets once more shrouded in meaningless mystery, India is in danger of losing sight of the life and work of a man who was much more than a mythical hero.
Dublin: With Irish children welcoming him by reciting Sanskrit shlokas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a dig at secularists back home saying had this been done in India it would have raised questions. Addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora here, Modi, who made a five-hour brief stop-over […]
To speak against the Hindu religion is now an affront to the larger nationalist cause. Even if the ‘bad’ Hindu’s criticism has ethical intentions – such as the fight against superstition – he is an unwanted threat to the cause of religious nationalism.
The Kerala HC and the SC have adopted divergent approaches on the question of the right of Muslim women to wear a headscarf and full sleeves while appearing for a public exam
Hindus, who explode in anger when images of their Gods are misused or abused in other cultures, should be able to understand that Muslims are devastated by cartoons of their Prophet, and enraged that those who drew them are lionised for it.