Is India a Secular Country?

Looking for the word in the dictionary one will feel that India is not a secuar country. Why? Because secular would mean a tendency, especially a system of political or social philosophy that rejects all forms of religious faith and worship. But for India secularism would mean an equal treatment of all religions by the state. It is unlike the Western concept of secularism which envisions a separation of religion and state. The concept of secularism in India envisions acceptance of religious laws as binding on the state, and equal participation of state in different religions.

With the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution of India enacted in 1976, the Preamble to the Constitution asserted that India is a secular nation. However, neither India’s constitution nor its laws define the relationship between religion and state. The laws implicitly require the state and its institutions to recognize and accept all religions and respect pluralism. India does not have an official state religion. The people of India have freedom of religion, and the state treats all individuals as equal citizens regardless of their religion. So one is free to believe in the religion which he thinks is best for him. However it also provides equal opportunity to not do so. Yet it is and individuals decision. (http://en.wikipedia.org/)

Then why am I writing this an article in today’s The Hindu struck me very much. It was titled “BJP, Parivar outfits to intensify campaign against ‘love jihad’.” However it sounds quite ok each one has the right express him/herself. The most shoking aspect was written at the end of the news which spoke about a re-conversion of people into Hinduism.

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Certain “Mr Singh” said in December 23rd and 25th they will convert Muslims and Christians into Hinduism. Whatever may be his intention is to make a statement of this kind is quite embarrassing and shocking, especially when the political power India is in their hands.

India become secular only when each one can express him/herself freely in the religion which he/she likes, if there is any encroachment to it I feel the question needs to be asked louder and louder “Is India a Secular Country?” to protect the unique identity we have.

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