India's Model: Faith, Secularism, and Democracy

Western variants of multiculturalism and secularism are being challenged by religious demands for public recognition of faith

| November 18, 2004

In India, the presence of religion in the public sphere is tempered by the ideals of peace and the preservation of human rights, allowing for a kind of balance seldom seen in the Western 'secular' world of extremes. The Indian constitution does not give preference to any one religion, but it does allow for public intervention in religious affairs, something taboo by the standards of Western secularism.
-- Brendan Themes

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