ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Secularisation and the Establishment of Dharmika Parishats in Karnataka

The debate on the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments (Amendment) Act, 2011 foregrounds two aspects - one, the centrality of the legal institution of the state in directing and shaping the process of secularisation in modern societies and the legitimacy and limits of such constraints in modern democracies and two, the assertion of religious beliefs in lawmaking and governance by politically mobilised religious/secular groups.

Repairing the Sufi Cave or Making It Hindu?

A recent Supreme Court order that the repair work at the Baba Budan Dargah be taken up even before resolving the dispute over religious observances and practices ends up privileging majoritarian religious norms. It also calls into question the proffered liberal secular ethic of religious neutrality.

Religion, Freedom of Speech and Imaging the Prophet

The violence in Karnataka over an article by Taslima Nasreen, published in a Kannada daily yet again underlines our inability to understand faith. Attempts to make sense of the affront on the imaging of the prophet have been in the vocabulary of "double standards" or "freedom of speech", which address the citizen rather than the faithful. We need to do more than gloss over religiosity as orthodox or traditionalist to go anywhere near dealing with the issue.
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