Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist
About the Book

In Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist, Mani Shankar Aiyar, crusader for a secular credo, calls for an unambiguous and decisive restoration of secularism to the core of our nationhood. In doing so, he revisits every dimension of our secular ethos and exposes the various myths perpetuated by communal elements of all hues. Putting under the scanner contentious issues like conversions, uniform civil code and Article 370, he nails the falsehood underlying terms like ‘pseudo-secularism’, ‘appeasement’ and ‘soft Hindutva’. And he places the domestic debate over secularism in India in the wider external dimension by discussing the experiences of countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Israel and erstwhile Yugoslavia.

Admitting to wearing his secularism on his sleeve, Aiyar reasons that only a determined and inflexible adherence to secularism can counter religious bigotry and fundamentalism. Clear in his convictions, with history, logic and persuasive argument at his command, this is Mani Shankar Aiyar at his best, on a subject that we can ignore only at our own peril

About The Author
Mani Shankar Aiyar, a former diplomat, is the Minister for Panchayati Raj and Development for the North East Region in the UPA Government. He has also served as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas (2004-06) and as Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports (2006-08)

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780143062059
Publisher Date: 01 May 2006
Height: 198 mm
No of Pages: 304
ISBN-10: 0143062050
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publisher Imprint: Penguin Books
Edition: New ed
Language: ENGLISH
Width: 129 mm