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Secularism and its Colonial Legacy in India

Himanshu Roy (Author)
Synopsis Indian states in history, unlike Europe, have rarely been theocratic. Nether were they ideologically premised on the religious majority-minority divide. The mass existence of different layers of peasantry located in natural-subsistence economy enjoying large degree of freedom acted as bulwark against theocracy and divisive paradigm. The colonial state, however, for the first time, introduced the religious divisive paradigm in 1909 in connivances with Muslim elite which was stiffly opposed by the Moderate Congress. The Extremist Congress, however, compromised with it in 1961. subsequently, the communal compromise of religious segregation was internalized as Indian secularism.
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About the author

Himanshu Roy

Himanshu Roy Is a Reader in Political Science at DDU College, University of Delhi and the Teacher-in-charge of the Department of political science. He specializes in Political Theory and Indian Politics. His most recent publication is Peasant in Marxism (2005). His forthcoming book is Secularism and Colonial Legacy in India.

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Title Secularism and its Colonial Legacy in India
Author Himanshu Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788178311814
length xiv+137p., Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History