Confessions Of A Secular Fundamentalist
About the Book
Ever since 1986, when the locks on the gates of the makeshift Ram Lalla temple within the precincts of the Babri Masjid were opened, the debate over secularism and communalism has been revived in all its sound and fury. It now occupies centre stage in our public discourse. In Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist, Mani Shankar Aiyar, parliamentarian, commentator and 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, in principle and in practice, can counter religious bigotry and fundamentalism.
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780670058174
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Spine Width: 25 mm
Width: 136 mm
ISBN-10: 0670058173
Publisher Imprint: Penguin Books India
Height: 202 mm
No of Pages: 290
Type: General (US: Trade)