Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
3. Analyse the need of creation of ‘Waqf’, in the context of India being a “Secular” State.(250 words)
Why this question:
Recently Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi directed senior officials of more than 30 state waqf boards to ensure strict and honest implementation of lockdown.
Key demand of the question:
The question demands the necessary reasons that justify the need of creation of ‘Waqf’, in the context of India being a “Secular” State.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly define what ‘Waqf’ are.
Waqf is a property given in the name of God for religious and charitable purposes. A non-Muslim can also create a waqf but the individual must profess Islam and the objective of creating the waqf has to be Islamic. Then present the case of Secularism and the Indian Constitution. Explain the pros and cons of creating Waqf. Discuss the key objectives of it.
Conclude that in a pluralistic society, the best approach to nurture secularism is to expand religious freedom rather than strictly practicing state neutrality.