March 20, 2018

India: Jawaharlal Nehru’s views on religion and secularism as read by Rajeev Bhargava

EPW, Vol. 52, Issue No. 8, 25 Feb, 2017

On Religion and Secularism - Nehru against Nehruvians

Rajeev Bhargava

Jawaharlal Nehru’s views on religion and secularism, indeed even his considered political practice, were very different from the Nehruvian secularism that emerged soon after his death, a handiwork of intellectuals close to his daughter, Indira Gandhi. It is an argument of this paper that Nehruvian views on secularism must give way to Nehru’s own views on the matter which have great relevance today.

see also: http://www.epw.in/engage/article/have-nehruvians-misunderstood-Nehrus-Views-on-Religion