How India follows the wrong definition of Secularism!


Preferably in a secular nation, religion should have no impact on legislative issues. Secularism as philosophy itself implies detachment of religion from politics. Anyway, in an Indian setting, religion has come to assume a prevailing job in campaigning, voting, policy-making, etc.

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In India, religion has an especially solid hold over individuals’ mind. Religious contemplations rule their regular day to day existence. Politicians have exploited this. In spite of Section 123(3) of Representation of People Act restricting any reference to candidate’s or voter’s religion, such references are as often as possible utilized. A portion of the ideological groups obliges just particular religious groups. Far-reaching imbalance in financial conditions, which matches with religious characters, have additionally been abused. Because of low voter education, casting a ballot is commanded by feelings as opposed to judiciousness. Religion being a forceful emotive factor has a significant impact in deciding democratic conduct.

Indian origination of secularism is unique in relation to Western origination of secularism. As opposed to total isolation of religion and politics, our Constitution commands a principled separation among state and religion. We in this way observe State giving Haj Subsidy or supporting religious foundations. Numerous social shades of malice are connected with religion, for example, polygamy, triple talaq and so on. Feeling of opposition and weakness among specific minorities has prompted dissident developments like Khalistan movement, revolt in Jammu and Kashmir and so on. Here again, the country needs to take activities explicit to religion like the modernization of Madrassas.

Religion has come to command numerous parts of Indian politics. In a profoundly religious and moderate Society, this is unavoidable too. However, the constitutional order of a principled separation and non-segregation on the premise of religion should be maintained at all expense. Commitment to religion will be a solution after all other options have run out and ought to be done to the greatest advantage of society and country.