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AUTHENTICITY AND DERIVATIVENESS : DEBATING NEHRUVIAN SECULARISM
Vinny Jain and Vinnay Jain
The Indian Journal of Political Science
Vol. 68, No. 2 (APR. - JUN., 2007), pp. 311-323
Published by: Indian Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41856329
Page Count: 13
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Secularism in India is a multivocal word. What it means depends upon who uses the word and in what context. This paper is an attempt to analyze the issue of secularism in India in the context of two discourses-The Derivative Discourse and the Authenticity Discourse. The Derivative Discourse, Derivative in that it draws its philosophical underpinnings from the Enlightenment and is manifested in Western notions of modernity is represented here by Jawaharlal Nehru. The Authenticity Discourse, critiquing Nehru, and based on an understanding of the traditional, authentic socio-religious systems of South Asia, is represented by T.N. Madan and Ashis Nandy. This is an attempt to find possible answers to a basic query-why has secularism run into such difficulty in India? The Paper is in three parts. The first part deals with Nehruvian vision of secularism-the Derivative Discourse. The second part, deals with the Authenticity Discourse, T.N. Madan and Ashis Nandy. The third part is by way of possible answers/alternatives.
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