How a bystander court went wrong in ruling Gujarat needn’t pay for shrines damaged in 2002 riots

The Supreme Court passed judgment on 29th Aug 2017 on the whether the State of Gujarat should pay for the repair of those shrines that were destroyed during the Gujarat riots. The 2 Judge Bench overturned the Gujarat High Court decision and ruled that using income tax revenue to repair the religious buildings would amount to “promoting” religion and run counter to maintaining secularism which was the objective of Article 27. Satya Prasoon, an associate at CLPR, examines this judgement in the context of formal secularism and constitutional citizenship and puts forward an argument for substantive secularism.

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Satya Prasoon, 'How a bystander court went wrong in ruling Gujarat needn’t pay for shrines damaged in 2002 riots' (19 Nov 2017) <https://www.dailyo.in/voices/supreme-court-kedarnath-shrine-gujarat-muslim-shrines-modi-hindutva/story/1/20659.html> accessed on 26 May 2019