Sec­u­lar, but Not Spir­i­tual

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The new govern­ment needs to clear the air on the term “sec­u­lar” that was in­tro­duced in the Pre­am­ble of our Con­sti­tu­tion in 1976. Sec­u­lar means to be “con­cerned with the af­fairs of this world, not spir­i­tual or sa­cred”, while sec­u­lar­ism is a “doc­trine that moral­ity or ed­u­ca­tion should not be based on re­li­gion”. So, there’s no place for re­li­gion in mat­ters of the state. Pend­ing an amend­ment, a suit­able ad­vice to all func­tionar­ies may be de­sir­able. Also, to in­stil ac­count­abil­ity in min­istries, each min­istry should at­tend to mat­ters fall­ing within its re­spon­si­bil­ity and the PMO should com­prise only a cou­ple of min­is­ters and sec­re­taries. A large hi­er­ar­chy may prove coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

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