The Challenges of Cultural Diversity

The Challenges of Cultural Diversity

Question

How are supporters of West and Indian sense of secular and secularism upset in Government's modus-operandi?

Answer

In the western context, secular and secularism bear a meaning to keep state separate from the religion. Practice of religion is considered as merely voluntary and personal practice. There would remain nothing to interfere with the religion in the hands of government. It was related to science and rationality as an alternative to religion. The supporter of this theory are upset because Indian government sanctions subsidy for Haj pilgrims, manages pilgrims of holy places in Himalayas. The supporters of Indian sense of secular and secularism are upset because Goverment of India interfer with religious matters and thus fuels the fire of communalism. Eg. there is prohibition on cow slaughter while no such prohibition for pork and other animal's killing. It is unnecessary and unwarranted bias on the part of government herself. Similarly, only Sikhs are allowed to join army with turban and beard while Muslims cannot join with their whiskers and beard.

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