What are the challenges to our cultural practices in the name of secularism? (10 Marks)

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  • This question asks about how the concept of secularism could pose challenges to cultural practices.
  • In the intro, briefly describe India’s approach to secularism.
  • In the body, describe instances that involve the conflict between the idea of secularism and our cultural practices.
  • Such instances could be Sabarimala verdict, cultural tradition vs secular tradition-Challenging appointment of priests on the basis of Agamas, Challenging of Triple talaq and polygamy practiced by the Muslims for long, banning of certain food consumed by a section of society by the government, demand for Uniform Civil code, Jallikattu issue.
  • Conclude by the stressing need to balance the two- the need for the secular ethos in the society and preservation of our culture.

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