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‘Basic concept of constitution is being taken for granted’

DNMUM417925 | 7/11/2018 | Author : Kartikeya Sharma | WC :467

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On the eve of the release of his book ‘Dare I Question’, collection of his speeches, former vice-president Hamid Ansari told Kartikeya Sharma that cultural nationalism excludes people and at present secularism and pluralism were under stress. Excerpts:
You have mentioned in detail the importance of secularism and plurality in Indian life. Are these two under stress today?
Yes, they are. There is a lot of public debate on it and the general perception is that the basic concept of our Constitution is being taken for granted.
Why do you stress in the book that secularism is essential to democracy?
Why did our political leaders put it in the Constitution? If you have a multi-religious society, then the r
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