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Critically examine the limitations of the Indian model of secularism? Do you think that there should be changes to the model to accommodate changing needs of the society?  (250 words)

Topic: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

 

1. Critically examine the limitations of the Indian model of secularism? Do you think that there should be changes to the model to accommodate changing needs of the society?  (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: the Hindu

 

Why the question: The High Court of Karnataka has not been able to settle the hijab issue. Its judgment has further provoked the hijab-wearing college students in Udupi, who have now approached the Supreme Court of India to contest the order.

Key Demand of the question: To write about the limitations of Indian model of secularism and comment of the need for changes in it.

Directive word: 

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin your answer by defining secularism.

Body:

First, mention the various features of the Indian model of secularism. Next, analyse the various limitations of the Indian model – Problem of Uniform Civil Code, Politics and Religion, communal tensions and Cultural Symbols and Secularism: etc.

Next, discuss the various changes that need to be done the current model as per the changing needs to the society.

Conclusion:

Comment with a balanced way forward.