Secularism in India: Its Origin and Challenges

Javid Ahmad Mir


India is a land of religions, languages and customs. Many religions are flourishing here since long back, which have their own traditions and beliefs. Therefore India is a multi religious and multi cultural country from its known history. It was never mono-religious or mono-cultural. In view of the intrusion of religious passions and caste loyalties into politics one may ask whether India is a truly secular or a theocratic state. Indian society is like a mighty river fed with many tributaries and the main stream flows on and on. Hence, Indian society is very rich, and well known for wisdom and great thoughts. Secularism is an important aspect of Indian society, for which it is also well-known in the world. The present paper sheds the light on Secularism in India, its objectives and challenges in the context of India.

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