NCERT Solutions for Class 11 Political Science Political Theory Chapter 8

Secularism Class 11

Chapter 8 Secularism Exercise Solutions

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Exercise : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 127

Q1 :  

Which of the following do you feel are compatible with the idea of secularism? Give reasons.

(a) Absence of domination of one religious group by another.

(b) Recognition of a state religion.

(c) Equal state support to all religions.

(d) Mandatory prayers in schools.

(e) Allowing separate educational institutions for any minority community.

(f) Appointment of temple management bodies by the government.

(g) Intervention of state to ensure entry of Dalits in temples.


Answer :

Any answer supported with argument or explanation would solve the purpose. It is strongly recommended that you prepare the solution on your own. However, a sample solution has been provided for your reference:

(a) Absence of domination of one religious group over another is compatible with the idea of secularism as it allows freedom to all religious groups.

(c) Equal state support to all religions is compatible with the idea of secularism as it provides a chance to every religion to preserve it's traditions and flourish.

(e) Allowing separate educational institutions for any minority is compatible with the idea of secularism as this will provide right to the minority to maintain it's cultural identity and a chance to develop.

(g) Intervention of state to ensure entry of Dalits in temples is compatible with the idea of secularism as it prevents discrimination and provides equal rights to every social group.

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Q2 :  

Some of the key characteristics of western and Indian model of secularism have got mixed up. Separate them and make a new table.

Western Secularism

Indian Secularism

Strict non-interference of religion and state in each other's affairs

State supported religious reforms allowed

Equality between different religious groups is a key concern

Equality between different sects of a religion is emphasised

Attention to minority rights

Less attention to community based rights

Individual and his rights at the centre

Rights of both individual and religious community protected.


Answer :

Western Secularism

Indian Secularism

Strict non-interference of religion and state in each other's affairs

State supported religious reforms allowed

Less attention to community based rights

Attention to minority rights

Equality between different sects of a religion is emphasised

Equality between different religious groups is a key concern

Individual and his rights at the centre

Rights of both individual and religious community protected

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Q3 :  

What do you understand by secularism? Can it be equated with religious tolerance?


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Q4 :  

Do you agree with the following statements? Give reasons for supporting or opposing any of them.

(a) Secularism does not allow us to have a religious identity.

(b) Secularism is against inequality within a religious group or between different religious groups.

(c) Secularism has a western-Christian origin. It is not suitable for India.


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Q5 :  

Indian secularism focuses on more than the religion-state separation. Explain.


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Q6 :  

Explain the concept of principled distance.


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