What is secularism?

What is secularism? How did the Indian Constitution make India a secular state?

Secularism does not confer any privilege or favour on any particular religion. All religions are treated ’ equally by the law. It is based on the idea that the state is concerned only with relations among human beings and not with the relations between human beings and God.

Indian Constitution makes India secular in the following ways:

  1. Indian secularism keeps equal distance from all religions.
  2. The state is neutral and impartial in dealing with all religions.
  3. There is no official religion as all religions are treated equally.
  4. Government doesn’t levy any taxes on any religious group or institution for promoting or maintaining their religion.
  5. Every religious group is allowed to preach, propagate and teach their own religious ideologies.