What is Religion?

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Religion comes from the Latin word religare which means to “to tie, to bind.” It is a belief in something sacred which binds a number of people together based on a common purpose. Religion is just not an organization but it is also a platform of seeing the world. It is like a prism which shows different light to different people. India is a country where people of different religion has come and has settled down. There are the fire worshipping Hindus, the Kitabia Muslims and Christians, the minority like Arya Samaj, Sikhs, Judaist, Jains, and Buddhists etc all living under the same nationality. In India all these religions are given the equal weightage and no discrimination is done on the basis of such belief. India is a secular state with many different religions living for ages. According to the 2001 Census of India, 80.5 percent of the total population is Hindu while Muslims account for 13.4 percent and Christians 2.3 percent. The country also has Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Jewish communities as smaller minorities. Even before secular word was inserted in preamble in 1976, Supreme Court already has observed that secularism was one of the basic features of Indian Constitution. In Kesavanada Bharti case and Indira V Rajnarain case the State shall not discriminate against any citizen on the ground of religion only and that the State shall have no religion of its own and all persons shall be equally entitled to the freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess,

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