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Religion in Politics: Secularism and Communalism

Religion, secularism and communalism are inextricably linked to each other. They have acquired prominence on the Indian scene since colonial times. As many novel political and social forces have unleashed themselves in the past few decades, it has achieved new significance in recent times. There are many views regarding what should constitute the nature and relationship between religion and politics. Of these, we would like to deal with two opposing views of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Mahatma Gandhi's Views on Religion and Politics

Gandhiji said, ‘Those who talk about the separation of religion and politics do not know what religion is’. He stated categorically, ‘For me, politics bereft ...

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