We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Pseudo-Secular, Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens...
If you are from India, and you read the papers or at least watch the news on TV, chances are you are familiar with the term pseudo-secularism. It was perhaps first coined by L. K. Advani while referring to the perverted brand of secularism practised and showcased in India by politicians, celebrities and other self-styled intellectuals, inside and out of the media.
According to Webster's, being secular implies of or relating to the worldly or temporal, and not being overtly or specifically religious. That is, a secular person is equally far away from all religions.
In India, secularism has come to mean being equally close to all religions. Nothing wrong with that, if it were true. In practice, secularism means favouring all religions but Hinduism, and hence the term pseudo-secularism, or, the false secularism.
The list below is an attempt to table the notable pseudo-secularists of today (and also of times bygone) along with a brief summary of their "achievements". So that the next time you come across any of these names, you know what to expect.
Your help in making this list exhaustive will be appreciated. If you come across new pseudo-seculars worthy enough to be included in this hall of fame, drop a mail to:
|Pseudo-secular Who's Who|
|Name||Claim to Fame|
|Ashish Kumar Sen|
|Father Cedric Prakash|
|Lalu Prasad Yadav|
|Mani Shankar Aiyar|
|M. F. Hussain|
|M. J. Akbar|
|Mulayam Singh Yadav|
|Ram Vilas Paswan|