India Religious freedom

Are all religions accepted in India?

Can you practice any religion you want without being disrupted in India?

After India gained independence from British rule in 1947, the leaders of the country promised religious freedoms for all people. The Constitution of India guarantees citizens of the nation to be allowed to practice any religion they choose in peace. However, many Hindu people in India have been hating on other religions such as Islam. This is the reason that the Indian Government and the Indian Supreme Court are working to stop hate and to create a more free environment. One recent example of India tolerating all religions is when the Haji Ali Tomb in Mumbai denied access to all women. India showed a form of religious tolerance by not using Hindu rules to judge the case, but by using the Quran to prove that it does not say that women can be excluded from tombs and mosques.

On the other hand, there are cases for religious intolerance in India. A muslim man in India was accused of eating beef, which is sacred for Hindus. He was beaten to death by a mob because he did not follow Hindu tradition. It was later revealed that he had eaten goat. The Indian government realizes that it has a religious problem on its hands, which is why it banned visas for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. This group travels around the world and reports on religious intolerance. The reason India denied these visas is because they knew that the commission would see plenty examples of religious intolerance and did not want to be viewed this way.

A new question that I have as a result of this research is when will religious freedom be fully provided to the non-Hindu population of India.

The example that I mentioned about the muslim man eating cow connects to Hinduism because the Indian people are trying to enforce their religion on other non-Hindus in India. Hinduism, being the main religion of India, make it difficult to determine wether the laws of India should relate to Hinduism. Many non-Hindus may be punished if they don't follow Hindu rules as well as their own religion's.

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