Idea of secularism

Secular, above all

Print edition : December 12, 2014

March 1947: Jawaharlal Nehru, Vice-President of the Interim Government of India, visiting the riot affected city of Multan, in undivided Punjab along with Dr Gopichand Bhargava, the Chief Minister of Punjab. Photo: The Hindu archives

December 1936: Nehru, president of the Indian National Congress, addressing 500 farmers who came on foot from various places to attend the Congress meeting at Tilaknagar in Faizpur, Maharashtra. Photo: THE HINDU archives

January 23, 1955: At the 60th session of the Indian National Congress at Avadi. The "socialist pattern of society" adopted at the Avadi session of the AICC became a weapon to fight both the rightist forces and the communists. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

P.C. Joshi, G. Adhikari and B.T. Ranadive at a meeting of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India. Ranadive was an implacable opponent of the Nehru government. Photo: The Hindu Archives

April 24, 1958: At the Trivandrum airport with Chief Minister E.M.S. Namboodiripad, centre, at teh beginning of a four-day tour of Kerala. Photo: THE HINDU archives

No other Congress leader had such clarity of vision and determination to combat communalism and establish a secularist state as Nehru. And this legacy is now under serious attack from his old foes—the Hindutvavadis.
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