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 Nilacharal - A Tamil entertainment ezine presenting interesting contents and useful services
Secularism is on trial but not in the court of Indian constitution but in the court of forces which have nothing to do with the values emerging from India's freedom struggle, Indian constitution and those who have nothing to share in common with the type of values which Gandhi's Hinduism represented.
As we are aware the concept of Secularism in Indian context was the underlying theme of movements as diverse as the one represented by Bhagat Singh, Communists, Ambedkar and Indian National Congress.
While secularism is the base of democracy, the concepts of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, in contrast Hindutva bases itself on the concept of religious identity being the prime determinant of nationhood.
www.nilacharal.com /news/view/v94.html   (1676 words)

  
 Article
In the early 1980s, it was the BJP leadership, which raised the controversy about secularism in describing it as western concept unsuitable for Indian culture and Indian society and then dubbed it as ‘pseudo-secularism’, based on ‘appeasement of minorities’.
Secularism in India means that the state remains neutral to all religions and ensures that the religious majority does not reduce our democracy to majoritarianism; where minorities are protected and are free to follow their religion without any hindrance.
The NDA has made every effort to undermine the secular values of the Indian Constitution.
www.epw.org.in /showArticles.php?root=2004&leaf=02&filename=6888&filetype=html   (1477 words)

  
 IndiaStar Review of Books. "Tipu Sultan, Villain or Hero," reviewed by C.J.S. Wallia
Indian State TV's promotion of the serial's pseudo-history, in the name of secularism no less, was a flagrant exercise of pseudo-secularism.
But secularism in India became the greatest protector of closed creeds [Islam and Christianity] which had come with foreign invaders and kept tormenting the national society for several centuries." This pseudo-secularism, foisted by Nehru, is "a magic formula for transmuting base metal into 24-carat gold....
"Secularism per se is a doctrine which arose in the modern West as a revolt against the closed creed of Christianity....
www.indiastar.com /wallia7.htm   (1511 words)

  
 IndiaWorld on the Net
This is the sad story of Indian pseudo "secularism".
Worse, never did the Vatican care to declare any state mourning for an Indian religious head or for that matter for an Indian head of the state or head of the government that died in office, for instance Mrs.
Arun Shourie: De-nationalisation of India, Macaulay's education and the role of pseudo secularism [more]
www.india-world.net   (1294 words)

  
 Pakistan Times Op-Ed: Future of Secularism in India (by Engr. Asghar Ali)
Therefore, in Indian situation secularism means equal protection to all religions.
Secularism is highly necessary if India has to survive as a nation.
Secularism today is in much greatear danger than ever before due to Hindutva militancy.
www.pakistantimes.net /2003/11/24/guest1.htm   (1539 words)

  
 The Hindu : Pseudo-secularism — I
Secularism, meaning simply the neutrality of the state towards religious communities, may well be necessary in today's plural society — but it still requires a foundation, a moral vision to make such a state possible.
Their alternative is to argue that Indian tradition was inherently tolerant, that it is rather the modernising state, homogenising and interventionist, requiring a monolithic "national culture" to back it up, which has been the root cause of the rise of the various forms of violence and growing alienation of religious groups seen in India today.
Hinduism is tolerant, Islam is not; the Congress and Left who proclaim secularism are ignoring the cultural and historical realities of India and so are "pseudo-secularists." Unless these theses can be dealt with at a theoretical and ideological level, it seems to me to be very difficult to deal practically with the Hindutva ideological challenge.
www.hinduonnet.com /thehindu/2003/01/20/stories/2003012000481000.htm   (1168 words)

  
 The Hindu : Pseudo-secularism — I
Secularism, meaning simply the neutrality of the state towards religious communities, may well be necessary in today's plural society — but it still requires a foundation, a moral vision to make such a state possible.
Their alternative is to argue that Indian tradition was inherently tolerant, that it is rather the modernising state, homogenising and interventionist, requiring a monolithic "national culture" to back it up, which has been the root cause of the rise of the various forms of violence and growing alienation of religious groups seen in India today.
Hinduism is tolerant, Islam is not; the Congress and Left who proclaim secularism are ignoring the cultural and historical realities of India and so are "pseudo-secularists." Unless these theses can be dealt with at a theoretical and ideological level, it seems to me to be very difficult to deal practically with the Hindutva ideological challenge.
www.hinduonnet.com /thehindu/2003/01/20/stories/2003012000481000.htm   (1168 words)

  
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Many historians try to prove their “secularism” by minimising religious adherence as a factor of conflict in Indian history, and explaining so-called religious conflicts as merely a camouflage for socio-economic conflicts.
Therefore, he attacks the whole Nehruvian notion of “secularism” head-on, e.g., in the self-explanatory title of his Hindi booklet Saikyularizm: râshtradroha kâ dûsra nâm (“Secularism: the Alternative Name for Treason”).
Wrong: If you read any page of any issue of Shahabuddin’s monthly Muslim India, you will find that he brandishes the notion of “secularism” as the alpha and omega of his politics, and that he directs all his attacks against Hindu “communalism”.
www.organiser.org /p7a.htm   (1330 words)

  
 Special Reports - Hindu policy
So if the BJP's idea of 'real' as opposed to 'pseudo' secularism has appealed to a wide cross-section of Indians, it is almost entirely because the Congress Party had, since the early 1980s when its Muslim-Dalit vote-bank began to disintegrate, been a quasi-Hindu party itself.
Secularism means that the State should be neutral in matters of religion and should not patronise any particular faith.
The Republic of India with its secular constitution received the biggest blow in its 45 years of existence when the entire might of the Indian State stood aside to allow the rampaging mobs of fanatics to destroy the 16th century Babari Mosque in Ayodhya.
www.muslimedia.com /ARCHIVES/special98/hindu.htm   (966 words)

  
 spiked-politics Article Indian mutiny
Another Indian political commentator said that the results paved the way for a more 'pro-poor economic policy' (5).
Instead of speaking in support of a new kind of politics - be it economic redistribution or enlightened secularism - the vote seemed merely negative, a sign of voters indiscriminately turning against those in power.
Others saw the election as a vote for secularism against the religious fanaticism of the BJP.
www.spiked-online.com /Articles/0000000CA537.htm   (966 words)

  
 Hindutva at Work
Secularism of the Indian kind, which does not exist anywhere else, is dangerous not only to the security of India but also to civilisation in general.’’
The Parivar, as reported first in The Indian Express, is organising another Kumbh in the Dangs, Gujarat, where too it is involved in a battle with Christian missionaries to win over the tribals.
The twin-districts of Banswara-Dungarpur in south Rajasthan have a high density of tribal population and is the new battleground for the Hindutva brigade and the missionaries.
haw.blogspot.com   (3183 words)

  
 SOUTH ASIAN VOICE, Views, Perspectives, Analysis, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Economics, Politics, Social issues, Secularism
Although some analysts write as though secularism is a uniquely Indian problem, this opinion piece exposes the sanctimonious double-speak of Pakistani and Bangladeshi journalists when they expound on this subject.
South Asian Voice is a non-profit E-zine dedicated to presenting views and perspectives from India and the rest of the Indian subcontinent.
This second perspective on how to reinvigorate India's secular polity attempts to analyze and critique past approaches to building secularism, eventually suggesting that just as the concept of Swadeshi united India's Muslims and Hindus in the freedom movement, an enlightened movement for social
members.tripod.com /~INDIA_RESOURCE/savoice.html   (2985 words)

  
 Secularism - A tool of dividing politics
For 'secular' India, secularism is not divorced between the State and religion.
Secularism mandated that the Christian church would not interfere in matters of the Christian State.
It was the advent of democracy, not secularism, which gave the survival space for non-Christian faiths in Christendom.
news.indiainfo.com /2005/02/08/0802guru.html   (1134 words)

  
 Pseudo-secularism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Basically, the Indian society does not relate to secularism and confuses it with tolerance of religious dogmas.
Pseudo-secularism is the state of implicit non-secular trends in the face of pledged secularism.
The state’s organs and bureaucracy’s participation in religious rituals and symbolism, such as during the inauguration ceremony of a state building, are not considered as at odds with secularism, Such events are common and can even be considered secular as long as all major religious priests and uals are represented.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pseudo-secularism   (859 words)

  
 [Goanet]bjp a reactionary response ( an article from 1992 archives )
Genuine secularism requires recognition that Hinduism is the cultural essence of Indian society and its binding force.
Unless the secular forces can be firmed up to defend secularism as separation of religion from state and politics, the erosion of secular values cannot be checked and national unity be defended.
The secularism practised by the Congress and other bourgeois parties sees secularism as the right of all religions to be treated equally.
www.goanet.org /pipermail/goanet/2004-May/013063.html   (6059 words)

  
 My thoughts - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Entries
If you follow even with boredom, the sound bytes of Indian politics, the words secularism & pseudo secularism are bandied about freely.
Pseudo Secular: Profess non alignment to any religion but the use of religion to further their end is cloaked.
Both of these aim to exploit the religious sentiments (Admittedly very strong in our country) by twisting them to suit their political ends.
o3.indiatimes.com /sanjeev_/archive/2006/01/18.aspx   (404 words)

  
 SMART
Democracy and secularism are assets for India "because they are inherently Indian," Advani told his listeners.
Secularism "does not translate into minorityism," he further stated.
Speaking in Hindi, which he proudly proclaimed was his "mother tongue" and the language in which he believed he could best express himself, Advani stated that he did not agree with those people who say that secularism is the cause of India's problems.
www.sikhmediawatch.org /news/newsdetail.asp?newsid=430   (778 words)

  
 IMC India - Satire on Indian Pseudo-secularism
This is why secular leaders Soniaji and Priyankaji went for the Maulana’s funeral later, to express theirsupport for the cause of secularism in India.
It is because of the Babri demolition and the Nuclear blasts by the fascist Hindu nationalists, that Pakistan invaded Kargil.
We, as secular, liberal and neutral historians, had earlier warned that all this will happen if our infallible truth (that there was no temple beneath the Babri mosque) is not propagated and forced down the throats of RSS fascists.
india.indymedia.org /en/2004/02/209173.shtml   (2264 words)

  
 Central Chronicle--Opinion
Let us see the Indian National Congress (Congress) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two main political parties' perception and record of 'secularism'.
Fake secularism practised by various political parties is the chief culprit for India's siege and various problems facing the nation.
Though 'secularism' implies separation of State and religion, and non-discrimination on grounds of religion, in India 'secularism' has been equated with anti-Hinduism.
www.centralchronicle.com /20050622/2206306.htm   (722 words)

  
 The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Editorial
It had its finest moment when the masses flocked to the call of Advani’s rath yatra because of the perception then that something had gone fundamentally wrong with Indian secularism.
As for the idea of pseudo-secularism that brought the BJP to power and persuaded secular parties to throw their lot with it, we have seen in Gujarat exactly what it means.
It means that a political party that openly rejects secularism will openly target Muslims and openly deny them justice or protection under the rule of law.
www.tribuneindia.com /2002/20020511/edit.htm   (5797 words)

  
 Technorati Tag: secularism
Why does this Indian Express “report” read more like a Congress party leaflet than an actual news report?
Posts tagged Secularism per day for the last 30 days.
Research Secularism at Questia Find quality info at the world's online library.
www.technorati.com /tag/secularism   (520 words)

  
 Sulekha News : Indian News, World News, Latest news from around the World
As a strongly pro-indian believing in the true secularism (not the p-sec of congress and the leftist press), I would wish a DEBATE would occur in pakistan on the intentions of Jinnah and other leaders in formation of Pakistan.
Jinnah's true secularism (he atleast envisioned secular Pak) is in stark contrast with mosie ass licking variety of "secularism" practised by CONgress in India.
Whatever it is advani by professing to his psec credentials has given a resounding slap to all the pseudo hindus and the esteemed brainless members of bsangh brothelhood..
www.sulekha.com /news/newsitem.aspx?cid=425903   (1256 words)

  
 IndiaWorld on the Net
The so-called 'secularism' rampant in India is a perversion of that reasonable idea: in India it is contrived to mean the active involvement of the State in supporting certain religions (Islam, Christianity and Marxism) and oppressing others (Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism).
India, as the Indian constitution envisions it, is expected to be a secular democracy, in which all citizens enjoy the same rights and duties, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and sex.
In practice this vision has been often misused so that a unique version of distorted secularism seems to have taken shape in India, which can be at best described as pseudo secularism.
www.india-world.net /op-ed/pseudosecularism.html   (2264 words)

  
 Ryze business networking
secularism is a fart of indian politiks.it manouvers the votebank.
Secularism is tool used or misused by political entities to misguide people for the benefits of these entities.
For me, secularism means respect for all religions.
www.ryze.com /posttopic.php?topicid=509688&confid=1857   (4156 words)

  
 English, the Indian Way - Worldpress.org
Arrest of a Prominent Hindu Cleric: A Test of Indian Secularism
There are reports that Indian call centers are advising their customer care executives to speak the native way rather than accented English to appeal to Western clients.
The effect of Indian English, more commonly known as Hinglish as well as Indian words or Indianisms is being felt.
www.worldpress.org /Asia/2143.cfm   (1158 words)

  
 archive: 'Stop funding fascist Hindus!'
Only on Aug 19, the Indian railway ministry refuted the RSS claim by saying that according to their reserved passengers list, 42 out of 52 are alive and kicking!" Further evidence of RSS' concocted claims comes by looking at the photos of the burnt 'S-6' bogey.
Gujarat is the manifestation of an extreme fascist attack on secularism and the only way to fight the fascists is to galvanize support by the minorities and secular Hindus to fight them.
Title: 'Stop funding fascist Hindus!' Author: Anjum Niaz Publication: Dawn Date: 09/01/2002 URL: http://www.dawn.com/weekly/dmag/dmag11.htm Article Text: 'Stop funding fascist Hindus!' By Anjum Niaz Hindu Americans keep away from fellow-Indian Shabnam Hashmi.
www.media-watch.org /articles/0902/0.html   (1158 words)

  
 OUP: Indira Gandhi, The 'Emergency', and Indian Democracy: Dhar
Its analysis of the nature of Indian democracy - from the secularism linked to the Nehru dynasty to the Mandal issue associated with VP Singh to the Hindu religiosity of the BJP under AB Vajpayee - is similarly marked by clarity, learning and reasoned argument.
Its delineation of Sikkim's relations with Indira since Nehru's time, culminating in the Indian takeover of that states, is the most lucid, comprehensive and cogent account of that controversial political event.
Inside information on Indira Gandhi and Indian politics
www.oup.co.uk /isbn/0-19-564899-4   (593 words)

  
 Arrest of a Prominent Hindu Cleric: A Test of Indian Secularism - Worldpress.org
As a result, questions about the nature of Indian secularism and its role in the courts have been a constant theme in press coverage.
Arrest of a Prominent Hindu Cleric: A Test of Indian Secularism - Worldpress.org
Arrest of a Prominent Hindu Cleric: A Test of Indian Secularism
www.worldpress.org /Asia/2009.cfm   (663 words)

  
 Samarth Bharat - Question & Answer
Do you believe that the Indian secularism as preached and practiced now is the correct one?
Since an intelligent person cannot act as a blind follower, he automatically is given the status of a sworn enemy, which he is forced to accept.
Will you call a country secular if one minority gets its pilgrims subsidized by the government while the majority has to pay taxes to visit their pilgrim sites?
www.samarthbharat.com /dhiruquestion.htm   (1081 words)

  
 Swaveda - Books - Religion - Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban Landscape (Religion in North America)
Therefore, the dichotomy of religion v/s secular is a western notion and cannot be applied to Indian traditions.
However, her most striking observation is that of the two split levels in which she sees the dichotomy of religion and secular.
A much better description of a Hindu temple in USA is by Diana Eck in her small book DARSAN published by Columbia University in 1998.
www.swaveda.com /books.php?Bid=38&Bookid=2019   (1086 words)

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