Lecture given by Jakob Deroover, in a workshop, organised by Centrum Pieter Gillis – University of Antwerp & UCSIA
The workshop aims at bringing the most important elements of these debates into the European context discussing the contemporary Indian discourse on secularization.
10.40-11.20: Lecture Jakob De Roover
11.20-11.30: Respondent: Walter Van Herck
Context (by the organisers): The complexities of the pluralistic scenario that determines the present-day socio-cultural and political conditions of democratic societies trigger essential dilemmas for these political communities. One of the most important challenges these societies encounter is how to accommodate the specific attitudes and opinions of religious citizens within the liberal-secular framework of the democratic political system. India is the most populated democracy of the globe and Indian society is best characterized by its pulsating religious and cultural pluralism. The debates over secularization and the controversies following from the political role that religious driving forces play in this compound society are most intensive and bear important components that may be interesting for the evolving ‘postsecular’ scholarly discourse in Europe.