National Journal of Advanced Research
National Journal of Advanced Research
Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2016)

Growth of secularism in the Indian society

Awdhesh Kumar

We have seen how in the West, particularly Europe, and less so in the case of U.S.A, secularism had its genesis in the (to use a euphemism for confrontation, conflict and tussle) dialects between organized religion epitomized in Catholic Church and the state aided in the process by such forces as renaissance and humanism, support in scientific and technological inventions, discoveries, breakthroughs, navigation, international commerce and trade, reformation. We have seen how the multiplication of faiths and creeds and the consequent religious wars and attendant bloodbath paved the way for the emergence of secular state slowly but surely. We have also seen the ups and downs of the concept of secularism and the process of secularisation, we have seen how in recent times. We have come a full circle in the form of growing deprivatization of religion; how it is playing a public role, for good for bad, and how the ‘decline these’ has become a contested issue.
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