Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS)

///Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS)

Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS)

Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS)

(Reg. No.66034/97 with Registrar of News Papers)

ISSN 2277 – 5501

journal devoted to addressing problems faced especially by Indian society in the context of growing communalism, ethnic conflicts, fundamentalism, regionalism and related issues.

Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS)

COMMUNALISM has emerged as a major threat to democracy in a multi-religious and multi-cultural society like India. Realising this, the architects of our Constitution made secular principles an integral part.

IJS cover page-October-December 2014

The last two decades have witnessed increasing communalisation of society. Though the principles of secularism are ingrained in our Constitution, communal forces are becoming increasingly powerful in diverting the social goals of society, and are also posing a threat to the human rights of the more vulnerable sections, especially women.

We need to understand the deeper dynamics of this problem in order to face its threat and to restore the democratic values.

Today, the increasing confidence of Hindu obscurantism, aggressive communalism, intolerance, Muslim fundamentalism and criminalisation of politics pose a serious challenge to our democratic polity especially in the context of the globalised and globalising paradigm of development.

The Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS) attempts to examine and deepen understanding by analysing problems faced by people and society in the context of growing communalism, intolerance, patriarchal mindsets, casteism, ethnic conflicts, regionalism, marginalisation, etc.

The IJS has now completed 18 years of uninterrupted publication and has continued to maintain high standards and regularity.

Besides conducting debates and discussions at the academic level, the IJS also seeks to serve as a forum for activists in the field to initiate debates and air their views.

THE IJS is published by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), a pioneer organization working for the promotion of communal harmony and the cause of secularism. The setting up of CSSS is the result of the growing concern of academics, social activists and prominent citizens and the affirmation of their efforts to strengthen the secular fabric of society.

First Journal in its Field

 The IJS is a pioneering journal which has exclusively focussed attention on secular and communal problems from the historical, political, economic, cultural and sociological perspectives. It publishes original research material, book reviews, deliberations and debates of a high academic standard. We are seriously committed to make the IJS a distinctive and exclusive journal on this subject not only in India, but also South Asia.

What does IJS Cover?

 Each issue contains a wide range of topical, well researched articles and papers on themes that include

  • History of religious movements
  • Evolution of the concept of secularism
  • Racial and ethnic conflicts
  • Secularism in the post-modern era
  • Religion, politics and the State
  • Media and communalism
  • Gender and secularism
  • Human rights and communal violence
  • Judiciary and secularism
  • Marginalisation
  • Case studies of communal riots

In addition, each issue carries book reviews, appraisal of events, rejoinders from readers etc.

Our Contributors

 Eminent scholars and activists like Bipin Chandra, Rasheeduddin Khan, T.K. Oommen, Romila Thapar, Kuldip Nayar, D.R. Goyal, Soli.J.Sorabjee, Paul Brass, Steven Wilkinson, Christophe Jafferlot,  Gabrielle Dietrich and others contribute to the IJS from time to time.

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 The journal is a valuable source of information and ideas for

  • Students
  • Scholars
  • NGOs
  • Libraries
  • College and Universities
  • Activists
The IJS Team

 Founder Editor: Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer

Managing Editor: Adv. Irfan Engineer

  • Executive Editor: Prof. P.K. Nair
  • Associate Editor: Ms. Neha Dabhade 

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Justice Sachar
  • K.N. Panikkar
  • M.S. Agwani
  • Ram Puniyani
  • Uday Mehta
  • Ritu Dewan
  • Ranu Jain
  • Imtiaz Ahmed
  • Bhikhu Parekh (UK)
Call for Articles

 The Editor welcomes articles, research papers and book reviews relevant to the main theme of the journal. Contributions should be typed in double space and addressed to:

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Current Issue

Volume 21                           No.4                   January – March  2018


I. Articles

Religion and Violence

– T.K. Oommen

There are two polar points of view regarding the link between religion and violence; one of which holds that all religions are essentially non-violent. This is not very helpful, because all of them are instrumental in fomenting violence based on certain circumstances. Second position is that some religions are congenitally violent and they are the perennial culprits which is a partisan view. To dispel these naive notions I shall organise my talk into three broad rubrics.


Communal Clashes in Muzaffarpur

– Mohammad Sajjad

Muzaffarpur-Vaishali parts in north Bihar, have historically been largely free from communal violence. In recent years, however, there have been many incidents of communal violence. In most of the cases in recent years, Bajrang Dal activists were allegedly in the forefront. This report from the ground looks into the phenomenon of rapid communalization of a locality, which saw two different yet similar incidents of such clashes as recently as on January 23, 2018.


Of Dwelling With, and Getting to Know: or, What a Pre-modern Variety of Irony can do for contemporary solidarity

–  Sonam Kachru

 Rohingyas – A Humanitarian Crisis

– Amit Ranjan

Abstract:  Growing attacks on Rohingyas have made them to cross into the borders of Bangladesh, India and other Asian countries. Largely, this attack against them is because of their racial, ethnic and religious identity which is different from the majority in Myanmar.


 II. Document

Communal Riots After Independence A Comprehensive Account


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