Item Code: IDG266
by RAJEEV BHARGAVAPaperback (Edition: 2004)
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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The Themes in Politics series brings together the most significant articles and debates on important issues in Indian politics. This volume deals with the concept of secularism and answers the challenges posed to it by the recent resurgence in organized religion and religious faiths. It dwells on the need for a separation between religion and politics and grapples with the question whether modern secularism has the cultural and philosophical resources to enable people with differing faiths to live together. This book will be of interest to academics and scholars as well as journalists, activists and all those interested in religion and politics.
About the Author:
Rajeev Bhargava is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Delhi University.
Excerpts from Review:
'...a brave endeavour to revive the debate on secularism with the appropriate emphasis on basis humanitarian values'
-Economic and Political Weekly
'The issues raised by this book are of great moment ...this collection [is] enormously enlightening and provocative.'
-The Book Review
'It...consolidates a particularly rich debate on the subject.'
-Indian Economic and Social History Review
'Considering the paucity of detailed material in this "borderland" between sociology, politics and philosophy, Bhargava deserves unstinting praise for his book.'
'Rajeev Bhargava deserves our gratitude for having compiled a useful book of readings on the vexed subject of secularism'
-Indian Review of Books
|I||THE SECULAR IMPERATIVE|
|1. Modes of Secularism|
|II||SECULARISM IN THE WEST|
|3. Religious Liberty: Freedom of Choice|
or Freedom of Conscience
Michael J. Sandel
|4. The Two Thresholds of Laicization|
|5. Muslim Minorities in Liberal Democracies:|
The Politics of Misrecognition
Joseph H. Carens and Melissa S. Williams
|III||SECULARISM IN INDIA: THE EARLY DEBATE|
|6. India as a Secular State|
D. E. Smith
|7. Secularism, East and West|
|8. Hinduism, Secularism, and the Indian Judiciary|
|IV||SECULARISM IN INDIA: THE RECENT DEBATE|
|9. Secularism in Its Place|
T. N. Madan
|10. The Politics of Secularism and the Recovery|
of Religious Toleration
|11. Secularism and Tolerance|
|12. Secularism, Nationalism, and Modernity|
|13. The Crisis of Secularism in India|
Stanley J. Tambiah
|14. Secularism and Its Discontents|
|15. What is Secularism For?|