Genuine secularism

Goldie Osuri

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In recent years, Australian values has become a pedagogical and border performative phrase in Australia. Ashis Nandy's concept of genuine, instrumental secularism, to describe Hindu nationalist movements in India, appears to explain the popularity of this phrase in Australia. Genuine, instrumental secularism refers to the manner in which political leadership of a state may seek to use religion in instrumental ways linking it to nationalism and secularism. This paper will engage with Nandy's discussion of the instrumental uses of religious nationalism in order to situate and theorise the Australian values discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAs others see us
Subtitle of host publicationthe values debate in Australia
EditorsJ. V. D'Cruz, Bernie Neville, Devika Goonewardene, Phillip Darby
Place of PublicationNorth Melbourne
PublisherAustralian Scholarly Publishing
ISBN (Print)1740971760
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • postcolonial studies
  • secularism
  • Australian values
  • multiculturalism


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