He posited critiques to prove how secularism is as an ideology has failed to attain what it uttered or still utters about the peaceful co-existence of religions. In this piece of writing, we will attempt to pick the points that Nandy is very clear and of course sharply critical of how secularism discomfits the idea of eliminating communal violence and saving minorities. The meaning of secularism according to him has got an ambiguity since this focuses more on religious tolerance as the criterion of a secular state than on the issue of sacred. The growth on vested interests in a secular public sphere is an insufficient basis for the long term survival of a political community since the state cannot guarantee tolerance in the society only. State tolerance may be ensured which thus become only a state of state affairs.
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He posited critiques to prove how secularism is as an ideology has failed to attain what it uttered or still utters about the peaceful co-existence of religions. In this piece of writing, we will attempt to pick the points that Nandy is very clear and of course sharply critical of how secularism discomfits the idea of eliminating communal violence and saving minorities.
The meaning of secularism according to him has got an ambiguity since this focuses more on religious tolerance as the criterion of a secular state than on the issue of sacred.
The growth on vested interests in a secular public sphere is an insufficient basis for the long term survival of a political community since the state cannot guarantee tolerance in the society only.
State tolerance may be ensured which thus become only a state of state affairs. Gandhian secularism, Indian form of secularism which states that separating politics from religion is done by anybody who understands neither politics, not religion aims to rather bring the right kind of religion and the right kind of politics.
Ashis Nandy poses that different faiths may peacefully co-exist as they did before the import of secularism in India. Here interfaith relationship does not need to be viewed differently but has got a traditional relationship between them; between Hindu and Muslim, Hindu-Sikh and Hindu-Buddhist cultures in this part of the world.
Secularism truncates democracy as it separates politics and culture, person in public and private instead of dialogue between them where democratic principles do not exclude religion from politics. Thus, it is now proven that as secularism fails to sense of social consciousness that modernity has got a hatred worldwide. Societies have been more defensive of their culture since the theories and the theorists are perceived neo colonizer in the process of globalization and of course this is, as he shapes, irrational to ignore awareness grown.
The way Nation-State idea within different cultures is inappropriate, similarly secularism discomfits in developing country like India.
A state with a major religion gets astonished when another state with same religion does not support is identical in India. India is not happy when Nepal with Hindu majority refuses to support India; a secular state. Facts that leaders like J L Nehru had a deep belief in astrology who was nonbeliever in public and private, Indira Gandhi being a non believer in public did not like to miss heaven or pilgrimage, given a half chance could make a sense that they simultaneously made political use of religion.
There may be examples of usage of religion as both faith and ideology in Indian political history. He thinks communal riots have a modern connection rather than a religious one which has turned into rational, managerial and inter-communal riots.
Nandy poses the zealotry is,to some extent, responsible for communal riots in a closed society they even create control over faiths. Intra-faiths relation was present in Indian state but secularism has paved a way to define it faulty and those zealots or peripheral believers are trying to give it either a Hindu or an Islamic shape.
But by his assassination by zealots with either rationality, objectivity and self interest or by diluted fanatism and stereotype. But in states like India, Bangladesh the more a person demonstrates his zeoltry the more isolated he gets from the society which devoids in secularism as an in-depth observation with a positivist viewpoint. A hindu family in almost all violent situations help his sikh neighbour sometimes even jeopardizing their own security which may be exceptional to certain legal crimes by the neighbours.
When violence is state sponsored secularism can help mitigate it but to a very minimum extent.
A secularist manifesto
Vibar None of this involves anything to do with doctrinal matters such as women bishops, gay priests or Latin masses, which are matters for religions. It is these ideas with which Nandy was signifying his agreement, adding his own inimitable touch to the discussion. For well over three decades, Nandy has been in the business, shall we say, of unsettling received ideas, controverting the most established opinions, and deploying the tactics of a street fighter against institutionalized forms of knowledge. Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without: Limit the right of religious people delivering public services for example marriage registrars, judges, pharmacists, or care workers to conscientiously object to manifezto out lawful parts of their job to rare and specific exemptions eg doctors and abortion agreed by parliament.
An Anti-Secularist Manifesto
A manifesto for secularist change would look like this: How did we come to have such fragile sensibilities? Unfortunately, political parties and governments have repeatedly used history as a tool to tell their version of things. This article is closed for manifestoo. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Please Email the Editor.
ASHIS NANDY’S ANTI-SECULARIST MANIFESTO | INDIA SECULARISM
Share via Email Secularism is unfairly characterised and attacked by religious leaders as a way of seeking to protect their privileges. Secularism is not atheism lack of belief in God and nor is it humanism a nonreligious belief system. It is a political movement seeking specific policy end-points. Many secularists are religious and many religious people — recognising the value of keeping government and religion separate — are secular. Secularism seeks to defend the absolute freedom of religious and other belief, seeks to maximise freedom of religious and other expression and protect the right to manifest religious belief insofar as it does not impinge disproportionately on the rights and freedoms of others. This is essentially a summary of article 9 of the European convention on human rights.