Equality in secularism: Contemporary debates on social stratification and the Indian constitution

Bhat, M. Mohsin Alam (2019) Equality in secularism: Contemporary debates on social stratification and the Indian constitution. In: Regulating Religion in Asia Norms, Modes, and Challenges. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 276-297. ISBN 9781108235983

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The transnational legal literature has often approached secularism as a normative doctrine that organizes institutions regulating religion in public life. Scholarship on India is not an exception. Considerable ink has been spent on a normative and historical assessment of the content of secularism under the Indian constitution. The very prospect of separating religion and state in a deeply diverse and religious society makes this scholarly treatment both exciting and challenging. Add to this the range of recognition that the Indian Constitution grants organized religion: it safeguards individual religious freedom, while at the same time granting protection and autonomy to religious denominations and institutions in their affairs.1 It mandates state intervention in favour of religious reform, particularly the access of historically excluded groups and castes to places of worship.2 Constitutional jurisprudence has consistently – but not without occasional apprehension – maintained the ‘personal law system’ that governs the family laws of different religious communities.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Constitutional and Administrative Law | Socio-Legal Studies | Law
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Shilpi Rana
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 11:00
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 07:17
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108235983.014
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/636


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