The Concept Of Secularism

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Secularism in India
Secularism has become increasingly popular an incompatible. Recently, Prince of Arcot said, “secularism is the oxygen without which India cannot survive.” The Dalai Lama also stressed on the importance of secular moral education in the world, irrespective of faith, for ethical conduct leads to happiness in one of his session2.
What is Secularism? There are two meanings of Secularism. One is the western notion of Secularism; other is Indian notion of Secularism. Both these notions of Secularism emerged out of the respective historical conditions and needs of the two societies. Western meaning of secularism: this secularism chalks out an area in public life where religion is not admitted. The non-western meaning of secularism revolves around equal respect for all religions. The idea of western notion of secularism, an import from 19th century Europe into South Asia, has acquired immense potency in the middle class cultures. Indian notion of Secularism it emerged out of the need of Indian independence struggle. Gandhi’s religious tolerance came from his anti-secularism (Indian notion of secularism) 3 Secularism is a stance to be taken about religion.4 In India, “Secular” word was used during Indira Gandhi government. It was added in our constitution on 18 Dec. 1976 (Emergency in India) with view to emphasizing the secular character of the constitution of India.
Does secularism actually exist in India? Is it exist in the form of pseudo- secularism? What

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