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Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance
Anxieties of Coexistence

First Edition
  • Neera Chandhoke - Former Professor, Political Science, University of Delhi

April 2019 | 244 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
How can people who speak different languages, worship different gods and subscribe to different conceptions of the good live together with a degree of civility, dignity and mutual respect? It is not easy to find an answer to this troubled question, given recent political developments in many parts of the world. Today, the world is marked by extreme intolerance towards racial, sexual, religious and ethnic minorities and refugees. It is stamped with the disturbing consequences of religious strife. In these troubled times, Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance: Anxieties of Coexistence takes on the difficult task of finding an answer to the question by analyzing and reinterpreting the concepts of secularism, pluralism and tolerance in the context of contemporary India. 

 
Foreword by M. Hamid Ansari
 
Preface
 
Pluralism and Secularism
 
The Political Context: Communalism
 
Secularism: The Debate
 
Colonialism, Nationalism and the Making of Religious Identity
 
The Evolution of Minority Rights and Secularism in India
 
Equality and the Rights of Minorities
 
The Principle of Tolerance
 
Wrapping Up
 
References
 
Index
Key features
• The book explores how people who belong to different religious persuasions can live together with a certain degree of civility 

• It focuses on the history of the politicization of religion in India under colonial rule, and particularly under the impact of Indologists, colonial officials and missionaries. 

• It shows that the making of a distinctive brand of secularism in India was sharply differentiated from the European historical experience. 

• Written by a well-known academician, this thought-provoking work will influence the readers who are interested in questions of secularism and democracy in India. 

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ISBN: 9789353281984
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