Political parties rely on and exploit religious sentiments of the electorate in mobilising political support for their candidate. The choice of candidate is also made in view of the religious and communal character of the electorate. In a few cases, religious issues have received an unprecedented priority over secular and socio-economic ones.
The secular political system has completed over three decades. The overall experience has neither been full satisfactory nor worth repetition in future without blaming the legal system. It is the social forces and manner in which they have been exploited in the working of our political processes that has placed secularism in our society in an unhealthy state.
In the words of Nehru:
“In a country like India, which has many faiths and religious, no real nationalism can be built up except on the basis of secularity”.