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Author Larson, Gerald James.

Title India's agony over religion / Gerald James Larson.

Published Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  291.720954 LARS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 393 pages ; 24 cm.
Series SUNY series in religious studies.
SUNY series in religious studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-374) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: Beating the Retreat. Permanences Amid the Inescapable Flux. Present-Day India: An Introductory Profile. The Terms "State," "Nation-State" and "Civilization" Theoretical Perspective -- 2. Discontinuity as Continuity (i): Old Indic Formations. The World Turned Upside Down. Two Metaphors: Fault Lines and Banyan Trees. Discontinuity as Continuity. The Indus Valley. The Indo-Brahmanical. The Indo-Sramanical. The Indic (Hindu-Buddhist-Jain) -- 3. Discontinuity as Continuity (ii): New Indic Formations. The Indo-Islamic. The Indo-Anglian -- 4. The Minority as Majority. The Problem of Coherence in Indian History and Civilization. Frameworks of Meaning in Conversation (Old Indic and New Indic). The Problem of "Religion" in Indian History and Civilization -- 5. The Secular as Religion and the Community as Citizen. India's Hybrid Discourse of Modernity. The "Secular" as "Religion" The Community as Citizen. Five Current Crises. The Sikh Community in Punjab.
Kashmiri Muslim Demands. Shah Bano Begum. The Mandal Commission. Ayodhya (Babri Masjid) -- 6. Conclusion: The End as the Beginning. The Search for a New Beginning. "Abide with Me ..." "... Mother Great and Free"
Summary Many of ancient India's religious traditions are alive in modern India, and many of these religious traditions are in conflict with one another regarding the future of India. Even the so-called "secular state" is deeply pervaded by religious sentiments growing out of the Neo-Hindu nationalist movement of Gandhi and Nehru. A careful analysis of the current religious scene when placed in its proper long-term historical perspective raises interesting questions about the nature and future of religion not only in India but elsewhere as well.
Subject Civil religion -- India.
Religion and state -- India.
India -- Religion.
ISBN 0791424111
079142412X (paperback)