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Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance
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Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance
Anxieties of Coexistence

First Edition
  • Neera Chandhoke - Former Professor, Political Science, University of Delhi


March 2019 | 244 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
How can people who speak different languages, worship different gods and subscribe to different conceptions of the good live together with a degree of civility, dignity and mutual respect? It is not easy to find an answer to this troubled question, given recent political developments in many parts of the world. Today, the world is marked by extreme intolerance towards racial, sexual, religious and ethnic minorities and refugees. It is stamped with the disturbing consequences of religious strife. In these troubled times, Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance: Anxieties of Coexistence takes on the difficult task of finding an answer to the question by analyzing and reinterpreting the concepts of secularism, pluralism and tolerance in the context of contemporary India. 
 
Foreword by M. Hamid Ansari
 
Preface
 
Pluralism and Secularism
 
The Political Context: Communalism
 
Secularism: The Debate
 
Colonialism, Nationalism and the Making of Religious Identity
 
The Evolution of Minority Rights and Secularism in India
 
Equality and the Rights of Minorities
 
The Principle of Tolerance
 
Wrapping Up
 
References
 
Index

“The attempt to explain the political context and the relevance of secularism deserves enormous appreciation… This book is one of the finest attempts to synthesize theoretical approaches and empirical evidence to explain the notion of secularism, the anxieties we face today in religious coexistence, and the threat that the Hindu Right poses to India’s social fabric and to the county’s political structure.”

The Telegraph, Kolkata, 23 Augusgt 2019

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ISBN: 9789353281984
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