Rajeev Bhargava

Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

Visiting Fellow
(June – November 2011)


Forms of Political Secularity before Modern Indian Secularism

During my fellowship at the IWM, I shall continue exploring forms of political secularity in India before or other than modern secularism. I will search for patterns of relationship in „premodern“ India between religion and political power. I will try to identify interests and values guiding this and to pin down the quality of intra- and inter-group relations in ancient and early medieval India. Much work needs to be accomplished before this enterprise can begin. For a start, one needs to build a portrait of the dynamic and multiple social imaginaries in India. Charles Taylor’s masterly A Secular Age is an obvious inspiration here.