An Anti-Secularist. Manifesto. AshisNandy. I. Gandhi said he was secular. Yet, he thought poorly of those who wanted to keep religion and politics separate. He scandalized many in India who view themselves as progressive when, in the mids, he published ‘An Anti-Secularist Manifesto’. Free from the irate polemics seen in some recent anti-religious commentaries ( here and here), his “secularist manifesto” invites constructive.

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His credentials as an expert social critic have not spared him from controversies that follow those who comment on politics.

Religious people can and do stand for election in the normal abti. They are wrong but they hardly rank compared to what is carried out by religious regimes. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Show 25 25 50 All. Like many who call themselves secularists, he claims to be against “banning religion from the public square”, yet the tenor of this and other public interventions anto a desire to keep it on a tight leash.

Nor does it involve the banning of religious opinion from the public square. The septuagenarian is a well-known social theorist, who has authored manifestk books, including those on the psychology of violence and the politics of India.

Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without:.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. April 22, First, it proposes a restrictive interpretation of the right to conscientious objection within the public sector, which would be limited to “rare and specific” exemptions agreed by parliament. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Loading comments… Trouble loading? He decries the attempt to prevent writers and intellectuals from expressing their views.


Unfortunately, political parties and governments have repeatedly used history as a tool to tell their version of things. Printable version Jan 1, 3: Many secularists are religious and many religious people — recognising the value of keeping government and manifseto separate — are secular. Should we have insisted that Chaudhuri apologize to the nation for implicitly denigrating the nationalist movement?

Nandy says that he stays clear of these tellings by simply being honest to himself.

Also published in Outlook magazine, at http: But Harris wants to impose severe legal restrictions on the ability of such religious organisations to act according to their distinctive religious beliefs the moment they enter the public sector, thereby frustrating the very reason for them existing as distinct bodies rather than mere replicas of secular agencies. There are, however, more critical questions at stake here.

‘Secularism is an inaccessible concept’

This is essentially a summary of article 9 of the European convention on human rights. If you agree with all the above, while you may be an ardent manitesto, you are in no way “militant” or “aggressive”. They should, like anyone else, do so within the constraints of legality and anit.


Work to end segregation of people based on religious dividing lines. Sociologist Ashis Nandy calls himself an anti-secularist. Third, it elides the distinction between a separation of church and state and a separation of religion and state.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. His point manifesto contains much that many citizens of religious faith could endorse: Disconnect religion from the state by: The outcome would be a boisterous procedural secularism in which religious voices could make their distinctive contributions unconstrained by the sort of deliberative restraints often imposed by self-styled secularists.

Nandy had not spoken in a vacuum: Legislators may quite legitimately be significantly, even primarily, motivated by their religious beliefs to support a law or policy, even though governments aanti would not invoke religious reasons to publicly justify official acts of state. Scholars have long been familiar with debates about text vs.

Nandy says that Eastern belief systems started out as fluid and plural religions.

A response to the ‘secularist manifesto’

We are the only country outside Iran to have reserved seats in parliament for clerics. Nandy says, should be similarly plural and representative, irrespective of the person writing it.

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