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Don't undermine Constitution

Religious leaders should not be addressing legislatures

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 

The Haryana Legislative Assembly's decision to invite a Jain monk named Tarun Sagar to deliver a lecture on the floor of the House has rightly attracted a great deal of criticism. Not all of it is helpful or progressive - there is no reason, for example, to focus on the fact that the monk in question belonged to the "Digambara" sect of Jains, which practices effective nudity.

That is not what is infelicitous about the event. What is, is the fact that the monk's speech in the Assembly fundamentally violates the Constitutional requirement to separate religion from politics. ...

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First Published: Thu, September 01 2016. 21:41 IST
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