01 November, 2020

Articles Of Faith: Religion, Secularism And The Indian Supreme Court

A clear, concise documentation of the argument that the Indian state, through law, actively shapes and transforms religion

Articles Of Faith: Religion, Secularism And The Indian Supreme Court
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This book is a clear, concise documentation of the argument that the Indian state, through law, actively shapes and transforms religion. Secularism, in this sense, is not disengagement from religion; nor does it mean equal respect for religion. The distinction between the religious and secular is not a self-evident distinction. Rather, it is produced by the application of state power and law.

Sen demonstrates this claim with accessible studies of a range of cases in which the Supreme Court has produced its own version of what counts as proper expression of religion: from education to conversion, from free speech to social reform. This book is an indispensable introduction to the way in which the court has shaped Hinduism in particular; substituting its own authority in place of traditional authority. Sen’s discussion of these cases and the relevant literature is fair-minded. In a book that covers a vast range of cases, it would be churlish to ask for more. But it would have been wonderful if the author had pursued his theoretical...

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