Q. 33.5( 4 Votes )
What do you understand by secularism? Can it be equated with religious tolerance?
Secularism is a normative policy which seeks a formation of a secular society. It is free from inter and intra religious domination and promotes freedom to accept and practice any religion of their choice. Secularism also ensures equality between religions as well as other existing religions. The state has no official religion of its own. It treats every citizen of different religion equally before the law.
Secularism cannot be equated with religious tolerance however it is considered to be one of the components of secularism but still secularism can’t be equated with tolerance because tolerance may be compatible with religious domination by one group in the nation.
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Do you agree with the following statements? Give reasons for supporting or opposing any of them.
A. Secularism does not allow us to have a religious identity.
B. Secularism is against inequality within a religious group or between different religious groups.
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Which of the following do you feel are compatible with the idea of secularism? Give reasons.
A. Absence of domination of one religious group by another.
B. Recognition of a state religion.
C. Equal state support to all religions.
D. Mandatory prayers in schools.
E. Allowing separate educational institutions for any minority community.
F. Appointment of temple management bodies by the government.
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