Author: Arun Shourie
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172232586
Indian secularism consists of branding others communal. Instead this book deals with specifics: what ought to be done in regard to Articles of the Constitution which deal with freedom of religion - Articles 25 or 26, for instance; in regard to Articles 29 and 30 which deal with the question of minority institutions; in regard to Article 44 which directs the State to ensure a Common Civil Code for all citizens throughout the country etc.
In this book, the author argues that a Secular Agenda is contingent on three things: purging public discourse of double standards, and grounding it in facts; reviving the national spirit; and getting the best into public life - persons of integrity and competence, persons who are dedicated to the country. For that reason not only are the first and last parts of the book devoted to these matters, they are the themes that permeate the entire book.
OUR NATION ?
"But we aren't even one nation"
Yes, India is different
Not just Macaulay's offspring
An example of the consequences
Will amnesia build a nation ?
Nationalism : Things to do
MATTERS OF RELIGION
Getting down to specifics
What are "matters of religion"?
The real character of institution
THE SHARIAT AND THE COMMON CIVIL CODE
Sacrosanct ?Since when ?
Why was the Bill necessary at all ?
But What is the "Shariat' ?
What was the hullabaloo about ?
Bound by a thing of this sort ?
How is religion endangered ?
Common Civil Code : The Founding Fathers' Intent
Common Civil Code : The way ahead
KYA " VOH GHISTE GHISTE GHIS JAAYEGI" ?
Voh " ghiste ghiste ghis jaayegi"
Article 370: Behind the Curtain
A device that undermines itself
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
A Vital reform
No time to relent
A COUNTRY OF A WASTE-PAPER BASKET ?
A Country or a Waste-paper basket ?
A telling contrast
How countries kill themselves
A Note, bests a Note, begets aà
"We beg of the Prime Ministerà"
"Not able to sort of count them"
The real problem, the real solution
Appendix I : Problem of Infiltration from Bangladesh
Appendix II : Migration : Secularism vs. Fundamentalism
The journey of a thousand miles
Is 'A Grand Reconciliation' what we need ?
THE SECULARISTS' DISCOURSE
The Poor chaps !
From Aliens to the Alienated
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