Religion and Secularism in Indian Schools: Avoiding Communalism and what else?

  • Datum: –15.45
  • Plats: Engelska parken 9-2029
  • Föreläsare: Kristian Niemi
  • Arrangör: indologi
  • Kontaktperson: Heinz Werner Wessler
  • Seminarium

Officially there is no religious education in Indian, non-denominational schools (government schools, ICSE, CBSE). Earlier research, focusing on policy levels  of curriculum repeat the statement. Ostensibly, religion is avoided in order to adhere to the word and spirit of the Constitution of 1950, and to avoid what is conveniently called “communalism” in South Asia. On closer inspection -- using interviews of teachers and Principals, as well as classroom observations -- rather unsurpisingly, it is evident that the subject of religion cannot be avoided in education. It enters teaching in various ways, even though there may not be any proper religious instruction classes. How is religion as a subject handled in Indian school teaching? This will be discussed during the seminar, as well as how the boundary between the religious and the secular is drawn.