Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2016)
Difference between the western and Indian secularism
Abstract: It is true, Western paradigm cannot replicate in India because the material conditions and the ground realities vastly differ in both. Besides the polyglot nature of Indian society characterized by mind-boggling diversities in terms of religions, languages, regions, economic conditions and cultural patters, a wide gulf separates the educated minority and the largely illiterate mass shaped in categories of understanding and modes of perception derived from religion and in ways of life still bearing the impress of a predominantly agrarian or rural civilization in transition. Secondly, secularism as it developed in the west a particular outcome of the confrontation between organized church and state and, in particular cultural ambiance of west and the United States of America.