Also available on: Amazon India | Flipkart
eBook available on Amazon Kindle
How can secularism be defined and distinguished from religious tolerance?
Why is secularism important in the present day?
Will secularism work in a multi-religious country like India?
The issues surrounding secularism - state neutrality, freedom of religion, equal citizenship - have been discussed at least since the 18th century. However, the seeds of these ideas were sown in the 15th century, with the invention of the printing press in Europe, and have grown and developed since then. Although the focus of this book is on India, both European (mainly French) and American modes of secularism are discussed as a backdrop to understanding the peculiar nature of secularism in a multi-religious context.
With engaging text and visuals, this book presents all the basic materials needed for comprehending the complex notion of secularism, from the 15th century to the present day.
"Sushyo is a toy-maker from Mesopotamia who wished to travel the world and spread the message of peace and joyousness. From his home in the city of Nineveh, he voyages to the land of seven rivers, Melhua. But destiny has something else in store for him. What unfolds is an adventure of epic proportion, with his destiny throwing at him, one challenge after another. An apocalyptic encounter with the ‘Alchemist of the East’ prepares him for the road ahead. As various events take place and many secrets unfold, the boy finds himself to be a part of the legacy that leads him to face the ruler of Arianna, Queen Kassandrra, in an epic battle on the banks of River Helmand."
Professor P.N. Murthy, former faculty at IISc, Bengalore and IIT, Kapnpur and Advisor to TCS
"The Alchemist of the East is an enchanting saga of wisdom; a story of one’s life and destiny; of following one’s heart and, above all, chasing one’s dreams. Sushyo is a toy-maker from Mesopotamia who wished to travel the world and spread the message of peace and joyousness."
Richard Cribb, Managing Director, Ofsure, a UK-based independent advisory company