Can Religion be Separated from State? Use this Tool to Find Your Way to a 'Secular State'

You have to model a progressive, secular Indian state. From the four options below, which one can effectively keep religion separate from state, and ensure peaceful coexistence between communities?

 

 

This feature is based on Jakob De Roover's 2002 article "The Vacuity of Secularism: On the Indian Debate and Its Western Origins" which argues that there is no theoretical clarity on the idea of secularism, and no conceptual differentiation between the religious and the secular. 

Rather than accept secularism as the starting point for a harmonious state, De Roover writes that a new theory of pluralism needs to be developed, in a manner that can work for the Indian state. 

 

Curated by Kieran Lobo [kieran@epw.in]
Designed by Parimal Chahande [parimal@epw.in]

 

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