Reimagining Indian Secularism (History for Peace) (Hardcover)

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An original analysis of religion versus the religionization of society in India.
What is unique about Indian secularism? In this book, Rajeev Bhargava argues that secularism in India, as opposed to in the West, did not arise in a society that had already been religiously homogenized, where the need of the hour was to break the political nexus between church and state. In India, secularism does not demand that the state is against or indifferent to religion, but rather that it combat institutionalized religious domination, both between and within religions. Apathy or antipathy to religion, Bhargava points out, would foment inter-religious rivalries that intensify anti-reformist tendencies, fueling further division.
As secularism receives daily ridicule in India, Bhargava provides an account of how this “principled distance” from religion has been a victim of misunderstandings by its proponents, abuse by its practitioners, and deliberate distortion by its opponents. Reimagining Indian Secularism offers a proposal of how we might one day be able to rehabilitate secularism.

About the Author

Rajeev Bhargava is professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, and the director of the Centre’s Institute of Indian Thought.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781803092898
ISBN-10: 1803092890
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: November 9th, 2023
Pages: 76
Language: English
Series: History for Peace