An Anti-Secularist. Manifesto. AshisNandy. I. Gandhi said he was secular. Yet, he thought poorly of those who wanted to keep religion and politics separate. He scandalized many in India who view themselves as progressive when, in the mids, he published ‘An Anti-Secularist Manifesto’. Free from the irate polemics seen in some recent anti-religious commentaries ( here and here), his “secularist manifesto” invites constructive.

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Nandy suggests that the ideas of Akbar and Ashoka would be more accessible to people rather than concepts mwnifesto secularism, which have come in for some criticism. Like many who call themselves secularists, he claims to be against “banning religion from manifedto public square”, yet the tenor of this and other public interventions suggest a desire to keep it on a tight leash.

None of this involves anything to do with doctrinal matters such as women bishops, gay priests or Latin masses, which are matters for religions.

The most eminent sociologist of the previous generation, the late M.

sfcularist Cease religious inculcation by the state by ending compulsory worship in schools and making religious education the study of what religions and other belief systems believe, rather than instruction in what to believe.

Resist the imposition of parallel legal systems based on scripture, or the legal presumption that religious people are any more or less moral than nonbelievers.

This is why secularists: Some operate outside the public sector while others come aanti its purview either through historical incorporation by the state eg church schools, religious hospitals or through having entered into contracts with the state to pursue specific public purposes eg faith-based social service agencies. His point manifesto contains much that many citizens of religious faith could endorse: Those, secularish least, are some starters for discussion.

Second, it fails to recognise that an effective right to “manifest” belief is not only individual but organisational.


Protect free religious expression that does not directly incite violence or crimes against others or publicly and directly cause someone distress or alarm. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Religious people can and do stand for election in the normal way.

But Harris wants to impose severe legal restrictions on the ability of such religious organisations to act according to their distinctive religious beliefs the moment they enter the public sector, thereby frustrating the very reason for them existing as distinct secu,arist rather than mere replicas of secular agencies.

Since at this point his penchant for detail is not on display, sn me suggest two forms of religious public speech he might care to consider:. If you agree with only most of that manifesto, you may well be a vicar. None of it engages with what families get up to in their home, or religious leaders within their own families. What kind of intellectual culture do we seek?

Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without:. Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without: For many religious believers, manifestation is a corporate not a solitary enterprise, coming to expression in a wide range of faith-based educational, welfare, charitable, publishing or campaigning associations.

‘Secularism is an inaccessible concept’ – The Hindu

End unjustified religious discrimination by: Also published in Outlook magazine, at http: This article is closed for comments. Show 25 25 50 All. G iven the cantankerous tone of many commentaries provoked by the pope’s visit, many will appreciate Znti Harris’s measured contribution to the debate over the place of religion in public life. Legislators may quite legitimately be significantly, even primarily, motivated by their religious beliefs to support a law or policy, even though governments themselves would not invoke religious reasons to publicly justify official acts of state.

This is essentially a summary of article 9 of the European convention on human rights. Nandy had not spoken in a vacuum: Free from the irate polemics seen in some recent anti-religious commentaries here and herehis “secularist manifesto” invites constructive dialogue.


It is a political movement seeking specific policy end-points.

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Printable version Jan 1, 3: Nandy says, should be similarly plural and representative, irrespective of the person writing it. We are the only country outside Iran to have reserved seats in parliament for clerics.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Williams distinguishes it from a “programmatic secularism”, which would seek to impose a secular humanist belief system on society via state power. Protecting conscience would secularit imply a “blanket religious exemption based on subjective feelings” but rather a better balancing of objective legal rights.

In this way religious beliefs might shape the content of law just as secular humanist ones already msnifesto. Order by newest oldest recommendations. But, to understand Sevularist, we can even do without the context: And as long as this is the case, the Indian Republic will survive. His credentials as an expert social critic have not spared him from controversies that follow those who comment on politics.

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For example, it could have the effect of coercing church schools into hiring staff who might repudiate the very religious beliefs or moral practices defining the school’s distinct identity, or of preventing such schools from teaching RE from their own perspective.

Catholicism Religion The papacy comment. Secularism is unfairly characterised and attacked by religious leaders as a way of seeking to protect their privileges.