Unraveling the Indian conception of secularism: Tremors of the pandemic and beyond

Katrak, Malcolm and Kulkarni, Shardool (2021) Unraveling the Indian conception of secularism: Tremors of the pandemic and beyond. Secularism and Nonreligion, 10: 10: 4. ISSN 20536712

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he State’s engagement with religion has formed one of the recurring themes of conflict in India’s democratic experiment. The Indian model of secularism, which evolved in an attempt to resolve this conflict, has distinguished itself from separation-model secularism. This paper seeks to analyse the impact of the measures undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic on the Indian understanding of secularism. To this end, it provides an overview of the nature and evolution of Indian secularism. Thereafter, it encapsulates the steps taken by the State to meet the exigencies of the present contagion and attempts to gauge the impact of the said steps on the jurisprudence on religious freedoms. It then seeks to contextualise this impact by using it to inform the Indian conception of secularism and, thereby, promote a richer, more holistic understanding of how a deeply divided society has functioned as a secular State for seven decades.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2022 09:50
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 09:50
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5334/snr.145
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/3525


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