Indian and Western Varieties of Secularism

A Conversation with Rajeev Bhargava

November 5, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Rajeev Bhargava is director of the Parekh Institute of Indian Thought at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi and a noted Indian political theorist. His research and writings in political theory focus on comparative political secularism, multiculturalism, and religious and secular identities. He is a spirited defender of the principled distance model of Indian secularism, responding deftly to internal and external critics.

In this conversation, Bhargava joined Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss Indian secularism, as well as comparative secularism globally. They examined the particular challenges that majoritarian Hindu nationalism presents to Indian secularism, the relationship between dual global crises of secularism and of democracy, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting both. They also discussed U.S.-Indian relations in the context of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. This conversation was the seventh in the Global Religious and Secular Dynamics Discussion Series

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Reset Dialogues on Civilizations.

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