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Do you think Indians value religious freedom over integration? Discuss in the context of value of tolerance in our society.

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

1. Do you think Indians value religious freedom over integration? Discuss in the context of value of tolerance in our society. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

“Religion in India: Tolerance and Segregation”, a Pew Center report on religious attitudes in India stated that Indians value religious freedom, not integration.  Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Analyse the Indian values of religious freedom in accordance to the societal setup.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the facts highlighted by the report.

Body:

The report finds that Indians of all these religious backgrounds overwhelmingly say they are very free to practice their faiths.

Indians see religious tolerance as a central part of who they are as a nation. Across the major religious groups, most people say it is very important to respect all religions to be “truly Indian.” Tolerance is a religious as well as civic value.

Explain the nuances quoted in the report and align them with the demands of the question.

Conclusion:

Conclude with fair and balanced opinion.