Education and Positive Atheism in India
Gora, Vikas, Free Inquiry
Humanism flourishes in a supportive society
I was educated at Catholic institutions, from primary school on. As India is a country of different religions, with Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity being dominant, my atheism was often challenged. But Indian society is also favorable towards atheists and humanists in a number of ways, perhaps more so than in the United States.
Article 51-A (h) of the Indian constitution states: "It is the fundamental duty of an Indian citizen to develop scientific temper, humanism and spirit of enquiry and reform." No discrimination can be shown in educational institutions aided by government on the basis of caste, religion, race, gender, etc. These provisions were necessary responses to the vast diversity of religions in India.
India also has a Special Marriage Act. While there are separate marriage laws for Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, under the Special Marriage Act the nonreligious can have marriage ceremonies free from any mention of caste or creed.
It is fitting that India, known for its intellectual leadership, is historic home to …
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Publication information: Article title: Education and Positive Atheism in India. Contributors: Gora, Vikas - Author. Magazine title: Free Inquiry. Volume: 21. Issue: 4 Publication date: Fall 2001. Page number: 47. © 1999 Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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