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Deep inside India secularism is a way of life

by M.J Akbar

This article, written by M.J Akbar appeared in the Times of India on Sunday, the 5th of October, 2008. A heart warming and hopeful narrative in these times of despair.

An extract: “On October 2, Gandhi’s birthday and Eid launched the annual Bengali festive season that will last into the third week of the month. Eid in India is determined by the visibility of the moon; the Saudis, who check the sky with technology, celebrated the end of Ramadan a day earlier. Since one of the many definitions of Indian secularism is proprietary rights over holidays, some Calcutta companies shut down on October 1. The origin of holiday is ‘holy day’. Bengal has always been holier than thou.”

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