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 says that Eastern belief systems started out as fluid and plural religions. Interestingly, although Harris suggests that someone opposed to the whole of his manifesto is “probably archbishop material”, its intent seems to converge with the ” procedural secularism ” proposed by Rowan Williams a few years ago. Akbar and Ashoka never heard of secularism.

Some operate outside the public sector while others come within 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.

None of it engages with what families get up to in their home, or religious leaders within their own families. Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without:. His stance is in accord with the trend of recent employment tribunal and court decisions but it departs from the generous British tradition accommodating conscientious objection wherever possible.

This is why secularists: This article is closed for comments.

None of this involves anything to do with doctrinal matters such as women bishops, gay priests or Latin masses, which are matters for religions. In this way religious beliefs might shape the content of law just as secular humanist ones already do. 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 bodies rather than mere replicas of secular agencies.


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The Jaipur Literary Festival is known to stir controversy. Commendably, Harris distances himself from any such imperious ambition. They should, like anyone else, do so within secularst constraints of legality and civility. Many secularists are religious and many religious people — recognising the value of keeping government and religion separate — are secular. Protect free religious expression that does not directly incite violence or crimes against others or publicly and directly cause someone distress or alarm.

‘Secularism is an inaccessible concept’

But, to understand Nandy, we can even do without the context: Unfortunately, political parties and governments secularisr repeatedly used history as a tool to tell their version of things. We are the only country outside Iran to have reserved seats in parliament for clerics. The outcome would be a boisterous procedural secularism in which religious voices could make their distinctive contributions unconstrained by the sort of deliberative restraints often imposed seularist self-styled secularists.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A manifesto for secularist change would look like this: Please Email the Editor. For many religious believers, manifestation is a corporate not a solitary enterprise, coming to expression in a wide secklarist of faith-based educational, welfare, charitable, publishing or campaigning associations.

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Under this model, advocates of contending belief systems may freely advance their manlfesto views in public debate within accepted rules of democratic engagement but with no one belief system enjoying entrenched constitutional privilege.

It is a political movement seeking specific policy end-points. For example, it could have the effect of coercing church schools into hiring staff who might repudiate the very religious beliefs or moral secukarist defining the school’s distinct identity, or of preventing such schools from teaching RE from their own perspective.

And as long as this is the case, the Indian Republic will survive. Show 25 25 50 All. Disconnect religion from the state by: Like many who mznifesto themselves secularists, he claims to be against “banning religion from the public square”, yet the tenor of this and other public interventions suggest a desire to keep it on a tight leash.


Should we have insisted that Chaudhuri apologize to the nation for implicitly denigrating the nationalist movement?

The dedicated do-good activist types, in particular, are generally without humor and find irony a hindrance to whatever noble cause they wish to espouse. Loading comments… Seclarist loading?

A response to the ‘secularist manifesto’

Topics Religion Cif belief. Those, at least, are some starters for discussion. Secularism is not atheism lack of belief in God and nor is it humanism a nonreligious belief system. If you oppose it all then maniffesto are probably archbishop material.

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Free from the irate polemics seen in some recent anti-religious commentaries here and herehis “secularist manifesto” invites constructive dialogue. For well over three decades, Nandy has been in the business, shall we say, of unsettling received ideas, controverting the most established opinions, and deploying the tactics of a street fighter against institutionalized forms of knowledge. End discrimination against nonreligious belief systems or organisations by ending their exclusion from:.

Where religious organisations join others in delivering public services, ensure they do so without: Yet alongside these legitimate objectives the manifesto contains troubling elements, which serve to undermine his professed support for the right to manifest religious belief. Loading comments… Trouble loading? His credentials as an expert social critic have not spared him from controversies that follow those who comment on politics.

Work to end segregation of people based on religious dividing lines.