Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2017)
The ideology of secularism in Indian constitution
Author(s): Dr. Priti Tiwary
Abstract: The modern political system all over the world is fashionably enamored of political ideology-SECULARISM which has taken different shapes even in fascist totalitarian and dictatorial regimes. The political concept of secularism is so significant and imperative for modern democratic polity that the Indian constitution despite being permeated with the spirit of secularism necessitated the 42nd amendment in 1976 to get word secular inserted in the preamble of the constitution as the basic philosophy or postulates of the Indian polity. The basic constitutional concept was added to affirm the resolve of non-discrimination on grounds of religion. Thus secularism is acknowledged as the cherished goal of the Indian political system. In a multi-religious and multi-cultural society like INDIA, which has also accepted the goal of democracy, proper functioning of the political system and nation building is possible only within a secular framework. It is one of the basic elements in the process of modernization. It is one of the major factors affecting the future of democracy. India is a country where people professing different faiths and religions have been living since time immemorial. But communal strife's of the present century between the two major Indian communities, The HINDU AND the Muslims, and the recent communal tension between the Hindu and Sikhs or even between the Hindu and the Christians mark the development of a healthy polity in India.