Secular State

I was trying to understand the concept of secular state and I found an interesting observation on wiki. “Not all legally secular states are completely secular in practice.”Two nations are mentioned under this criteria namely France and India.

In France for example, many Christian holy days are official holidays for the public administration, and teachers in Catholic schools are salaried by the state.In India, the government gives a subsidy in airfare for Muslims going on Haj pilgrimage. In 2007, the government had to spend Rs. 47,454 per passenger.

Secularism also has various guises which may coincide with some degree of official religiosity. In the United Kingdom, the head of state is still required to take the 1688-enacted Coronation Oath swearing to maintain the Protestant Reformed religion in the United Kingdom and preserve the established Church of England.

Today a party which proposes reservation on religious grounds which is unconstitutional to lure the vote of a particular community.Which definition of secularism should we buy today ?

People prefer to go abroad to ( for study or work ) a developed state/nation but from there they want secular state back at home first but not developed state.Why?


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