Anuradha Dingwaney Needham & Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
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This collection of articles written on various aspects of secularism and its practice is really very thought provoking. In the year 2002, in Oberlin College of Ohio, a three day conference took place which was entitled as “Siting Secularism”; where in the backdrop Bush’s Iraq war, a huge number of intellectuals participated and debated the issue of secularism and its future. This book is actually an outcome of that initiative. One hardly finds such a deep insight within a single compilation on such a controversial topic. It also throws some light on the secularism and contemporary politics of India. Twenty leading scholars of the Indian subcontinent who are renowned for their contributions in the fields of history, anthropology, religion, politics, law, philosophy and media studies have given their own analysis on this issue from their own sphere of excellence. It leads us in a comprehensive manner to deeply understand the shortcomings and uncertain future of secularism in the world today.