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Secularism and Religion-State Relations in Modern India
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In the Anglo-American tradition, the word “secularism” commonly indicates the principled detachment of religion from the institutions of public life (Levy, 2001). Degrees of detachment vary, from the absence of a state-sponsored or “established” religion, to the building of a “wall of separation” that prohibits religion from influencing governance and v…

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Das Acevedo, Deepa, “Secularism and Religion-State Relations in Modern India”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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