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Dams are the temples of secular India and almost worshipped. They are huge, wet cement flags that wave in our minds. Theyre the symbol of nationalism to many.
— Arundhati Roy —

Hindutava's nationalism ignores the rationalist traditions of India, a country in which some of the earliest steps in algebra, geometry, and astronomy were taken, where the decimal system emerged, where early philosophy - secular as well as religious - achieved exceptional sophistication, where people invented games like chess, pioneered sex education, and began the first systematic study of political economy. The Hindu militant chooses instead to present India - explicitly or implicitly - as a country of unquestioning idolaters, delirious fanatics, belligerent devotees, and religious murderers

— Amartya Sen

But looking under the covers of Indian democracy one sees a more complex and troubling reality. In recent decades, India has become something quite different from the picture in the hearts of its admirers. Not that it is less democratic: in important ways it has become more democratic. But it has become less tolerant, less secular, less law-abiding, less liberal. And these two trends-democratization and illiberalism-are directly related.

— Fareed Zakaria

The Muslim population in India is, largely speaking, not radicalised. From the beginning, they were always very secular-minded.

— Salman Rushdie

As far as the public is concerned, India is amazingly secular.

— Shah Rukh Khan

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