India is the largest secular democracy in the world, but religion still plays an important role in its society and its politics. While 80% of its population is Hindu, it also has the third largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia and Pakistan. Although Hindu-Muslim tensions have always existed in the region, recent years have seen the rising influence of fervent Hindu nationalism, or “Hindutva,” which has a central position in Indian politics. We speak with Zubin Madon, an Indian writer at HuffPost, The Nation, and our own Atheist Republic. Born into a Parsi Zoroastrian family in Mumbai, Zubin was ordained as a priest at age 12, and then eventually became an atheist. This was a super compelling conversation that we learned so much from. You don’t want to miss this.