Why is India called a secular state? Explain.
- There is no official religion for the Indian state. Unlike the status of Buddhism in Sri Lanka that of Islam in Pakistan and that of Christianity in England, our constitution does not give a special status to any religion.
- The Constitution provides to all individuals and communities freedom to profess, practise and propagate any religion, or not to follow any.
- The Constitution of India prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion.
- At the same: time, the constitution allows the state to intervene in the matters of religion in erder to ensure equality within religious communities. For example : it bans untouchability.