Secularism in Indian Scenario

Dr. Shridevi S. Suvarnakhandi
Assistant Professor
B.L.D.E.Assocation’s Law College, Jamkhandi, India

Volume III, Issue III, 2020

India is a country of diverse religions and to offer freedom to religion to everyone, and for equality of faith, India changed into declared a Secular country. The word secular modified into brought into the preamble with the aid of way of the 42nd Amendment (1976). As in step with the written Constitution of India, India is an earthly state (India), and we as residents of India have to stand for it. Secularism way that everybody enjoys the entire religious freedom due to this that Government will now not compel all people to adopt any unique faith. Religious freedom is our critical right and is written in our constitution. Everybody has the freedom to publicize any religion, to espouse any religion or acquire any non-secular building. No particular religion is probably a concept in college textbooks.

Secularism is the concept that government or other entities should exist separately from religion and/or religious beliefs. In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the people, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief, and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions. In another sense, it refers to the view that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be based on evidence and fact unbiased by religious influence. The purposes and arguments in support of secularism vary widely. In European laicism, it has been argued that secularism is a movement toward modernization, and away from traditional religious values It was Jawaharlal Nehru who gave currency to it in India. Hindu masses had not the slightest notion of what secularism meant or should mean. They saw it as an invitation for social and communal harmony and as a concession to the minorities. Ultra Hindu groups such as the Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Sweyam Sangh were hostile to the idea of secularism.

Keywords: Secular, Religion, constitution, Freedom of religion, Equality


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