Publish with us

Follow Penguin

Follow Penguinsters

Follow Hind Pocket Books

Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist

Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist

Mani Shankar Aiyar
Select Preferred Format

In Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist, Mani Shankar Aiyar, crusader for a secular credo, calls for an unambiguous and decisive restoration of secularism to the core of our nationhood. In doing so, he revisits every dimension of our secular ethos and exposes the various myths perpetuated by communal elements of all hues. Putting under the scanner contentious issues like conversions, uniform civil code and Article 370, he nails the falsehood underlying terms like ‘pseudo-secularism’, ‘appeasement’ and ‘soft Hindutva’. And he places the domestic debate over secularism in India in the wider external dimension by discussing the experiences of countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Israel and erstwhile Yugoslavia. Admitting to wearing his secularism on his sleeve, Aiyar reasons that only a determined and inflexible adherence to secularism can counter religious bigotry and fundamentalism. Clear in his convictions, with history, logic and persuasive argument at his command, this is Mani Shankar Aiyar at his best, on a subject that we can ignore only at our own peril.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jul/2006

ISBN: 9780143062059

Length : 310 Pages

MRP : ₹450.00

Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist

Mani Shankar Aiyar

In Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist, Mani Shankar Aiyar, crusader for a secular credo, calls for an unambiguous and decisive restoration of secularism to the core of our nationhood. In doing so, he revisits every dimension of our secular ethos and exposes the various myths perpetuated by communal elements of all hues. Putting under the scanner contentious issues like conversions, uniform civil code and Article 370, he nails the falsehood underlying terms like ‘pseudo-secularism’, ‘appeasement’ and ‘soft Hindutva’. And he places the domestic debate over secularism in India in the wider external dimension by discussing the experiences of countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Israel and erstwhile Yugoslavia. Admitting to wearing his secularism on his sleeve, Aiyar reasons that only a determined and inflexible adherence to secularism can counter religious bigotry and fundamentalism. Clear in his convictions, with history, logic and persuasive argument at his command, this is Mani Shankar Aiyar at his best, on a subject that we can ignore only at our own peril.

Select Preferred Format

Mani Shankar Aiyar

More By The Author

A Time Of Transition

A Time Of Transition

Mani Shankar Aiyar