ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Secularism and Intellectuals

Andre Beteille Secularism, in contemporary India, has suffered from bad advocacy. Its most articulate proponents have been left intellectuals, some of whom have carriedover to secularism the totalising claims characteristic of Marxism-Leninism. Others have on occasion swung to the opposite extreme and argued that what was required was not merely a tolerant attitude towards all religions by the state but their equal encouragement and promotion by it.

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