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Should India adopt western form of secularism in order to overcome the issue of communalism? Critically analyse.

Topic: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

1. Should India adopt western form of secularism in order to overcome the issue of communalism? Critically analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

While a single definition of secularism has been evasive, modern nation-states have since long grappled with this principle.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the limitations of Indian form of secularism and to analyse if western model would be better suited to India.

Directive word: 

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a balanced judgment on the topic.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining western form of secularism.

Body:

First, being out a comparative analysis of India and Western form of secularism.

Next, write about the various limitations of Indian form of secularism.

Next, mention as to why western form of secularism is not suited for Indian needs.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning ways to overcome communal forces while continuing with Indian form of secularism.