Essay-Secularism in India SSC CGL Tier 3 I SSC CHSL Tier 2
“WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.”
These lines from the preamble, also known as the heart and soul of our constitution, prove that secularism is and always has been an integral part of the Indian society. In practice, unlike Western notions of secularism, India’s secularism does not separate religion and state. The Indian Constitution has allowed extensive interference of the state in religious affairs. But India does partially separate religion and state. For example, it does not have an official state religion and state-owned educational institutions cannot impart religious instructions.
Secularism, in the Indian context, does not mean the absence of religion. It means treating all religions equally. This very notion of secularism has kept the rich and diverse cultural and religious heritage of India preserved for all these decades.
India is a diverse country, where different cultures and religions have thrived under a single umbrella. If there is no secularism in our society, this rich and diverse heritage…