Book Chapter

Disenchantment of Secularism: The West and India


Secularisations and Their Debates | Springer | Published : 2014


This Chapter is an exercise in comparative secularism. In this chapter I will be concerned basically with a critique of Western conceptions of secularism, beginning with Hegel’s invention of a particular reading of secularism that, through imperialist literature, gave a preeminent direction to the ideology of the less-religiously orientated Indian nationalists during their drawn-out independence struggle. My main concern will be to contrast the Western debates on ‘the secular’, particularly in its recent permutations or attempted revisions as a response to the crisis of modernity, with the current Indian debates —where ‘ the secular; has all but been hijacked by the Hindu Right —and to show—..

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