How does the beef ban cause contradiction between the theory and practice of India’s secular identity?

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How does the beef ban cause contradiction between the theory and practice of India’s secular identity?

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: How does the beef ban cause contradiction between the theory and practice of India’s secular identity?
Author: Hiralal, Sharlinie
Issue Date: 2016
Keywords: beef ban, politics, religion, secularism, minorities, caste system
Abstract: Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, acquired power in 2014 many pro-Hindu regulations have been gone into a fast track. One of these regulations is a ban on the consumption and possession of beef, which is a legal offence. This ban on beef is viewed as an attack on the citizenship of India’s largest of minority groups; the Dalits and Muslims. This thesis questions how a ban like this contradicts with the secular identity of India. The citizenship of the minority groups will be examined by having an historical overview of their struggles to reach equality within a society with changing interpretations of secularism. Why has there occurred discrepancies in the theory and practice in Indian secularism? And how does this weaken the citizenship of the minorities? Can India , with the expansion of the beef ban explain the development of the large beef export industry on the grounds of secularism? This thesis develops an understanding that pluralistic societies use their secular identity only when it fits their political agenda.
Description: The current beef ban challenges India’s secular identity to critically evaluate the place of religion in politics and citizenship. The pluralistic character of the country has put the leaders through history for many tough decisions and they were more than once asked to specify the place of religion and herein the role of the state.
Supervisor: Sunderason, Sanjukta
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: South and Southeast Asian Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: BA South Asia
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/43464
 

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