THE BENGALI MUSLIMS OF MURSHIDABAD DISTRICT- AN ATTITUDINAL PERCEPTION TOWARDS SECULAR STATE AND POLITICS  By Krishna Roy

Abstract

The partition of the country was the tragic culmination of the communal politics of the pre-independent days. In post partition era the Bengali Muslim community of Murshidabad district has tried their best to integrate with the gigantic process of democratic secular federal nation building in the continental polity of India. The Muslim community have been struggling hard to adjust themselves with multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, multi-cultural plural society and tried to emancipate themselves from religious obscurantism and socio-economic inequalities. The important place held by religion in Indian society and its pluralistic character helps to develop religious toleration in terms of equal regard for all religions. The impact of partition riots, the fear and anxiety, the mental trauma which created an artificial and invisible boundary of majority and minority syndrome among the community members gradually blurred away in contemporary era and Muslims have integrated with mainstream national culture and politics.

Keywords: Secularism, Plural society, Religious freedom, Cultural diversity, Bengali identity.

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