“The government of India gives holidays for the festivals of most of the religions”. Why is it so? Give your view points.
The Government of India gives all religious holidays because India is a secular. Certain provisions were adopted in the constitution to make India a secular state:
- There is no official religion for the Indian state. Unlike the status of Buddism in Sri Lanka and Islam in Pakistan, our constitution does not give any special status to any religion.
- The constitution provides to all individuals and communities freedom to profess, practice and propagate any religion or not to follow any.
- The constitution prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion.
- Constitution allows the state to intervene in the matters of religion in order to ensure equality with religious communities, for example; it bands untouchability.