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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]


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 MELB  291.1720954 Lar/Iao  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 393 pages ; 24 cm
Series SUNY series in religious studies
SUNY series in religious studies.
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
Analysis Civil religion India
Geschichte 3000 v. Chr. - 1995
India Religion
Religion and state India
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-374) and index
Subject Civil religion -- India.
Religion and state -- India.
India -- Religion.
LC no. 94018318
ISBN 0791424111