Hinduism, Hindutva & Secularism

Hinduism, Hindutva & Secularism

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Author: P D Mathew
Publisher: Indian Social Institute
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 161
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187218177


Contents of this book are based on the judicial decisions of the Supreme Court and is a modest attempt to educate the common people regarding the principles and philosophy of Hinduism, Hindutva and Secularism.

India is a multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural country. Yet it has no State religion. It is a secular State which gives equal status to every religion. The Constitution of India guarantees freedom of religion to all persons and protection of the cultural right of all its citizens, especially the minorities. The founding members of the Constitution envisaged to develop India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic. They categorically resolve that the new state would not be a Hindu Rashtra but a secular State.

Unfortunately, religious chauvinism and communalism have been on the increase, in recent times in social and political life. The Sangh Parivar and its socio-political units are trying to use religion to divide the people of India in order to acquire political power. This has disastrous consequences for the unity and integrity of the country and the development of the people. They are spreading a communal and fundamentalist political ideology called Hindutva to create a Hindu Rashtra. This trend is against the basic principles of the Constitution of India.