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

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Secularisation and Minoritisation-Limits of Heroic Thought

Limits of Heroic Thought Dipankar Gupta While secularism appears to be an embattled ideology at present, this is not the first time secularism is being questioned. To overcome the limitations of the secularists' 'heroic thought' one should heed the sociological distinction between secularisation as social process and secularism the ideology. The usefulness of this distinction is seen in regard to the minorities question: secularism as ideology divorced from the process of secularisation contributes to the process of minoritisation, leaving the door open for its stated enemies to function legitimately in the political system.

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