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The tradition of religious diversity in India
The secular state tradition in India is strong and very much alive in the capital Delhi. This freedom to practice any religion dates back hundreds of years. What can we learn from India? And how is this tradition governed today?
Secularism is among the basic principles of India’s constitution. It includes protection agains discrimination on the basis of religion and freedom to practice ones religion.
The religious diversity we find in Delhi reflects the diversity in India as a whole.
In December 2019, the Government of India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), that stirred controversy and protests across India. Protesters referred to the secular constitution of India.
Religious diversity is expressed in the public space and religious practice is a part of the everyday life.
The marigold flower is used in the practice of many different religious traditions in India.
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How is religious diversity visible in your local community? I.e. places of worship (buildings and shrines) festivals, clothing, food, music etc.
How do you get to know about other religions in your local community? I.e. teaching in schools, through friends and family, by visiting other religious buildings etc.
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