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The three strands of religious freedom, celebratory neutrality and reformatory justice are the core elements of Indian secularism. Explain.

Topic: Historical Underpinnings

2. The three strands of religious freedom, celebratory neutrality and reformatory justice are the core elements of Indian secularism. Explain. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Polity by Lakshmikant

Why the question:

The question is from the static portions of GS paper I, Indian polity – Historical Underpinnings.

 Key Demand of the question:

The question is about discussing the principle of Indian Secularism and its core features.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the definition of Secularism.

Body:

Explain that Indian constitutional framers sought to tie their new state to ideas of modernity and liberalism by creating a government that would ensure citizens’ rights while also creating the conditions for democratic citizenship.

Balancing these two goals has been particularly challenging with regard to religion, as exemplified by the emergence of a peculiarly Indian understanding of secularism which requires the no establishment of religion but not the separation of religion and state. Supporters argue that this brand of secularism is best suited to the particular social and historical circumstances of independent India.

Discuss the significance of the three core elements in detail that constitute Indian secularism.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance of Indian kind of secularism enshrined in the constitution.