Is India a reluctantly Secular nation or is this secularism Forced?


The secular aspect of India

Hey, guys! I am Mayank Garg and this article of SAIKISITE is something that I have pondered over for a long time now. As the cases of social unrest come to the nation’s attention I was thinking, is India a reluctantly secular nation?

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India is a nation of diverse religions, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism are some of the religions that our country can boast of. India is one of the largest secular nations in the world. Did you know that our constitution’s preamble did not have the word Secular when it was first drafted? It was added with the 42nd amendment of the constitution enacted in the year 1976. From what I see, this was because people of India have been inherently reluctant towards secularism. Now this is a very sensitive topic. Some of you may even feel offended when this topic came across. This is a harsh truth that a developing nation like ours should face head on.


Preamble: Before and After


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Previous cases in India

Darkest periods of India are based on religious tensions.

Examples being:

  • The post-partition riots.
  • The 1984 Anti-Sikh riots after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
  • Cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits toward the end of the 1980s.

india-secular-saikisite1Anti-Sikh Riots of 1984                                                                                                    

This, in my personal view, is because most of the people in India are reluctant to be with people of other religions. Generally this feeling seems non-existent but only manifests itself in the case of adversity. Its a fact that people feel safer living in a locality where the majority of residents follow the same religion.

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Getting to the root of it

When we think about it and I mean really think about it, we should at least get a hint as to why this happens. The customs and cultures of every religion are extremely different. Things that are considered taboo in one religion are embraced in the other. This naturally leads to a feeling of reluctance towards mingling with people of other religions. On one hand, this might not seem like a big problem given the population of India, a person is sure to find someone of his own. On the other hand, when it comes to expanding our horizons this is a rather significant issue.

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Getting over this Issue

Make no mistake, this is not disgust or hate, just reluctance. There are people who do and those are the ones who widen or rather create the rifts between religions. These things must be discouraged. Sure, there is reluctance but this reluctance can easily be overcome. A sense of understanding and a feeling of taking India forward as a united entity is all that is required. Issues like these have to be taken care of with the least amount of fuss and soon be discarded. They should not be allowed to act as an interference on our nation’s path towards greatness.



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