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Crisis of Secularism in India

Price : $38.00
ISBN # : 9788178241944
Author : R.S. Rajan and Anuradha Dingwaney Needham
pages: 410
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2007

While secularism has been integral to India's democracy for more than fifty years, its uses and limits are being debated anew. Signs of a crisis in the relations between state, society, and religion include the viloence against Muslims in Gujarat and the precarious situation of India's minorities more generally; personal laws that vary by religious community; the affiliation of political parties with fundamentalist religious organizations; and the rallying of sections of the diasporic Hindu community behind nationalist Hinduism.

A crisis of secularism undoubtedly exists, but whether the state can resolve conflicts and ease tensions or is itself part of the problem are matters of vigorous debate. In this continuingly relevant book, twenty leading Indian intellectuals assess the contradictory ideals, policies, and practices of secularism in India. Scholars of history, anthropology, religion, politics, law, philosophy, and media studies here consider the history of secularism in India; the relationship between secularism and democracy; and shortcomings in the categories ""majority"" and ""minority."" They examine how debates about secularism play out in schools, the media, and the popular cinema. And they address two of the most politically charged sites of crisis: personal law and the right to practice and encourage religious conversion. Together the essays inject insightful analysis into the fraught controversy about the shortcomings and uncertain future of secularism in the world today.

About Author :

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham is Donal R. Longamn Professor of English at Oberlin College.

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan is Distingusihed Visiting Global Professor in the Department of English at New York

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 24 October, 2007.
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