India, the largest democracy in the world is considered a secular, socialist republic. If you are an Indian, you must have heard these terms pretty often when discussing about the very essence of this nation. This article that I read in the New York Times highlights the ‘secular’ India. The writer, Manu Joseph, puts forth his ideas about religious tolerance or intolerance in this country which primarily comprises of Hindus and Muslims. The reason this article was written dates back to the events of 6th December 1992, 20 years from now, when the Babri Masjid (Mosque) was demolished by a group of Hindu people sparking one of the most violent outbreaks in the country whose effects can still be seen. This article is definitely a good-read to understand how India is ‘secular’ and on what terms.
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