Author: Rajeev BhargavaPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 1999/2004Language: EnglishPages: 550ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195650271
A brave endeavor to revive the debate on secularism with the appropriate emphasis on basic humanitarian values that it can enshrine.The world has witnessed a dramatic resurgence of organized religion and religious beliefs in recent times. This has challenged established political structures, renewed old hostilities or fomented new conflicts between religious groups, and raised the question of whether modern secularism has the cultural and philosophical resources to enable people with differing faith to live together.This volume tries to answer this and many other questions. Is secularism best understood as a doctrine of separation? Why, if at all, must religion e separated from political institutions? What does separation mean? What values are promoted by such separation?Contributors also address other issues in contemporary debates over secularism, including the contested nature of secularism in the Wes, the suitability of secularism in non-Western and non-Christian societies, the necessity of minority rights, and the possibility f secularism in India which at once Indian and modern.MEDIA COMMENTS:The issues raised y this book are f great moment: their urgency is if anything even greater than when the chapters were written. This collection is enormously enlightening and provocative. - The Book ReviewIt consolidates a particularly rich debate on he subject. - Indian Economic and Social History ReviewTHE EDITOR:Rajeev Bhargava teaches at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.