Does secularism take a backseat in politics thanks to corrupt and partisan politicians?Secularism has been included in the Preamble of the Constitution by 42nd Amendment in 1976. Later most the of issues changed by this Amendment were again brought back to the original Constitutional provision by 46th Amendment, but this particular point remained unchanged.
Since then, many political leaders have played secularism card without doing anything for the minorities. These political leaders choose a very small section of the minorities (usually religious heads of various sects), appease them with various facilities and ensure votes from the minority communities without doing anything for the communities on the whole. These political leaders amass wealth by coming to power with the help of the minority vote banks. This has been the general trend of Indian politics for the last thirty years or so.
But of late, people have been calling the bluff of these corrupt political leaders. They are no longer voting these corrupt political leaders. The minority communities have also understood the game-plan of these leaders. The recent election in Uttar Pradesh (especially the areas where minorities are the majority, like Deoband) and the change of Government in Bihar and the public support to this undoubtedly prove the point.
Thanks to these corrupt politicians, the hollow slogan of secularism has taken a backseat in Indian politics.