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Q. What are the provisions of the Constitution relating to freed om of religion? What are the restrictions imposed on such freedom?

Ans. The Preamble of the Constitution declares India as a Secular State. That means, there shall not be a State religion of India and there should be equality of religions in India. In this background, right to freedom of religion and related provisions are given in Articles 25—28 under the Fundamental Rights of the Constitution.
In terms of Article 25, every person enjoys two categories of freedoms in India—
(I) freedoms of conscience;
(2) right to freely profess, practice aid propagate religion.
Article 26 of the Constitution provides to every citizen the right to freedom of managing religious affairs. It includes the right—
(1) to establish and maintain institutions for religious and charitable purposes;
(2) to manage its own affairs in matters of religion;