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Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance

Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance
Anxieties of Coexistence

First Edition
  • Neera Chandhoke - Former Professor, Political Science, University of Delhi

January 2019 | 244 pages | SAGE India
How can people who speak different languages, worship different gods and subscribe to different conceptions of the good live together with a degree of civility, dignity and mutual respect? It is not easy to find an answer to this troubled question, given recent political developments in many parts of the world. Today, the world is marked by extreme intolerance towards racial, sexual, religious and ethnic minorities and refugees. It is stamped with the disturbing consequences of religious strife. In these troubled times, Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism and Tolerance: Anxieties of Coexistence takes on the difficult task of finding an answer to the question by analyzing and reinterpreting the concepts of secularism, pluralism and tolerance in the context of contemporary India. 
Foreword by M. Hamid Ansari
Pluralism and Secularism
The Political Context: Communalism
Secularism: The Debate
Colonialism, Nationalism and the Making of Religious Identity
The Evolution of Minority Rights and Secularism in India
Equality and the Rights of Minorities
The Principle of Tolerance
Wrapping Up

“The attempt to explain the political context and the relevance of secularism deserves enormous appreciation… This book is one of the finest attempts to synthesize theoretical approaches and empirical evidence to explain the notion of secularism, the anxieties we face today in religious coexistence, and the threat that the Hindu Right poses to India’s social fabric and to the county’s political structure.”

The Telegraph, Kolkata, 23 Augusgt 2019

Neera Chandhoke

Neera Chandhoke held a professorship in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. She has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; Justitia Amplificata, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; Centre for Ethics and Global Politics, Luiss University, Rome, Italy; and Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom. She was awarded the Gaetano Mosca Fellowship at the University of Turin, Torino, Italy. She has been a Jawaharlal Nehru National Fellow, and a fellow at the Centre for Contemporary... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353281984