Sunday, January 22, 2012

Islam and Tolerance
21 Jan 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com
Satanic Verses Controversy: Salman Rushdie & India's New Theocracy

By Praveen Swami

21 January, 2012

Leaving aside the question of whether India's religious traditions are in fact tolerant — a subject on which the tens of thousands of victims of communal and caste violence might have interesting opinions — this spurious secularism has served in the main to institutionalise and sharpen communal boundaries. It has also allowed clerics to exercise influence over state policy — insulating themselves from a secularising world. -- Praveen Swami

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