India is a secular state: Its constitution is committed to the unique demography, history and culture of each state and union territory

India, a union of states, is a Sovereign, Secular, Democratic Republic with a Parliamentary system of Government. The President is the constitutional head of Executive of the Union. In the states, the Governor, as the representative of the President, is the head of Executive. The system of government in states closely resembles that of the Union.

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. From the largest to the smallest, each State/UT of India has a unique demography, history and culture, dress, festivals, language etc. […]

Date accessed: 12 August 2015

India’s founding fathers saw decentralisation as creating living social spaces around constitutional protections blending together pride of ‘citizenship’ with the richness of multi-cultural identities.

From the book review by Swaran Singh, The Hindu, : Conflict Resolution in Multicultural Societies — The Indian Experience: Jhumpa Mukherjee; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd, B1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 795.

Source: Deconstructing federalism: Conflict Resolution in Multicultural Societies, by Jhumpa Mukherjee – The Hindu
Date Visited: Sat Oct 17 2015 13:59:10 GMT+0200 (CEST)

Take the cue from the President

The Hindu, Opinion – Editorial, October 16, 2015 | To read the full article, click here >>

In those moments when questions emerge about the fragility of the state’s constitutional principles — over what has transpired since the Dadri lynching and the killing of Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi, for example — it is incumbent on high constitutional functionaries to rise to the occasion and seek to answer them. These incidents have triggered a response from India’s intellectuals who have earned recognition, with a string of litterateurs returning their Sahitya Akademi awards, concerned about the silence of the august body over rising intolerance. […]

It is in this context that President Pranab Mukherjee’s statement a week ago at Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he underlined the need to retain diversity, plurality and tolerance as the core values of our civilisation, came as a balm. The President later re-stated those sentiments on foreign soil – in Israel, speaking to politicians in the Jewish state, suggesting that “religion should not be a basis for a state”. […]

Secularism is a bedrock of India’s Constitution, and what needs to be debated is the means to achieve the separation of religion and the state. […]

Source: Take the cue from the President – The Hindu
Date Visited: Sat Oct 17 2015 13:15:51 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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