Is Bharat (India) a Secular Country? I Have Reasons to Say it is Not !

भारतीय लोकतंत्र के “सेक्युलरिज़्म” (धर्मनिरपेक्षता) पर लिखित समालोचनात्मक एवं सामयिक आलेख (अंग्रेजी में)

Satyam Naiva Jayati सत्यं नैव जयति

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To discuss the meaning of “secularism” and its scope, I start with the dictionary definition of this term. For that purpose I looked up different dictionaries which are available online. Definitions given by them differ slightly in wordings, but the essence is the same. To present what they say I give here information from 5 online dictionaries.

Dictionary Definitions

(1) The first is the Oxford dictionary which defines the term thus:

“Secularism is a belief system that rejects religion, or the belief that religion should not be part of the affairs of the state or part of public education.”

(2) The second is the Chambers dictionary that defines secularism thus:

“secularism noun the view or belief that society’s values and standards should not be influenced or controlled by religion or the Church.”

(3) The third dictionary, Merriam-Webster, defines the term in two ways:

“Simple Definition of secularism

the belief that…

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