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Another Lease for OPEC

Pradesh (see, "Keeping Out Trouble- Makers'", EPW, July 8, 1978), it appears that the Centre is also increasingly turning to the consolations offered by denominations like the Ramakrishna Mission and other supposedly less pernicious and iniquitous forms or 'revisionist' Hinduism in order to come to terms with the irresolvable contradictions posed by a notional profession of 'secularism' and the inescapable necessity, given the objective situation, of securing some form of institutional support from what one might broadly describe as the mainsprings of Hindu faith. Indeed, the nominal adherence to religious neutrality that was a feature of the regime of Jawaharlal Nehru has, during the regime of his daughter, yielded to blatant and outspoken observance of a variety of religious practices on official occasions, the practice being justified on the ground that true '.secularism' means equal respect of nil religions. This artful argument has only meant in practice, pandering to all forms of religiosity and clericalism, with the Hindu variants, naturally, receiving preferential treatment.

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