As the first prime minister of unbiased India, Jawaharlal Nehru had a slew of inauspicious selections to make. Only plenty of months in, India had already witnessed plenty of incidents of communal violence, incited by the colonial rulers, along with the bloody Partition riots. Therefore, no matter being a secularist throughout the Western mode, Nehru knew that the beliefs of Western secularism wouldn’t work for India.
As debates over secularism in India are as quickly as as soon as extra raging in Parliament, the streets and social media, an essay titled Secularism: Central to a Democratic Nation by academician Neera Chandhoke, printed throughout the information Vision For A Nation: Paths and Perspective, that was launched this week, affords notion into how Nehru, who was personally comparatively ‘impatient with religion‘, modified his stance on religion and its place in politics, after the Partition riots. In the essay, Chandhoke writes: