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Modern Myths Locked Minds

Author : T. N. Madan
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Secularism is one of the important and contentious public debates in India today. It is seen to be in greater crisis now than ever before, making a case for the continuing presence of this book. The debate also furnishes the making of Indian polity and society, given the inter-related development of culture, society and politics in India. It is thus a debate about religious nationalism and fundamentalism as well. Modern Myths, Locked Minds examines the ideologies of secularism and fundamentalism in the setting of the religious traditions of India--Hinduism, Sikhism, and Islam. Further insightful comparison of the traditions is offered, each seen over a long period of time, revealing markedly distinctive historical experiences. This second, paperback edition comes with a new preface where the author revisits this debate and contemporarizes it for the reader. Also included are two new appendices on secularism.

Modern Myths Locked Minds

Author : G. R. Madan
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Revenge and Reconciliation

Author : Rajmohan Gandhi
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An original, provocative and compelling reading of the subcontinent’s history In this remarkable study, well-known biographer Rajmohan Gandhi, underscoring the prominence in the Mahabharata of the revenge impulse, follows its trajectory in South Asian history. Side by side, he traces the role played by reconcilers up to present times, like the Buddha, Mahavira and Asoka. Encompassing myth and historical fact, the author moves from the circumstances of Drona’s death and Parasurama’s slaying of the Kshatriyas to the burst of Islam in India and Akbar’s success in gaining acceptance for it, the executions of Guru Arjan Dev and Guru Tegh Bahadur, and Shivaji’s achievement of self-rule. His explanation of the 1947 division of India identifies the role of the 1857 Rebellion in shaping Gandhi’s thinking and strategy, and reflects on the wounds of Partition. The survey of post-Independence India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also touches upon the tragic bereavements of six of their women leaders. Incisive and finely argued, Revenge and Reconciliation compels us to confront historical and contemporary realities of intolerance, while pointing to possible strategies of mutual accommodation in India and the rest of South Asia at the threshold of the twenty-first century.

Rhythms of Life

Author : Frédérique Apffel-Marglin
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On the Devadasis and local folk religion, Raja as celebrated in Puri, India; articles; a couple co-authored.

What Is Religion

Author : Nigel Ajay Kumar
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"What Is Religion? is one of those questions rarely asked by Christian theologians who engage in interreligious discourse. Nigel Kumar makes the case, however, that to answer the question is critical for Christian scholars attempting to negotiate multiple religious identities, as well as for those who want a clearer understanding of their own faith as religion. Kumar takes a historical approach to answering the question. He traces the development of the concept of religion and then formulates a theological answer, not only by looking at an Indian theologian, Chenchiah, but also by listening to other secular and theological voices. "

Uprising of the Fools

Author : Vikash Singh
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The Kanwar is India's largest annual religious pilgrimage. Millions of participants gather sacred water from the Ganga and carry it across hundreds of miles to dispense as offerings in Śiva shrines. These devotees—called bhola, gullible or fools, and seen as miscreants by many Indians—are mostly young, destitute men, who have been left behind in the globalizing economy. But for these young men, the ordeal of the pilgrimage is no foolish pursuit, but a means to master their anxieties and attest their good faith in unfavorable social conditions. Vikash Singh walked with the pilgrims of the Kanwar procession, and with this book, he highlights how the procession offers a social space where participants can prove their talents, resolve, and moral worth. Working across social theory, phenomenology, Indian metaphysics, and psychoanalysis, Singh shows that the pilgrimage provides a place in which participants can simultaneously recreate and prepare for the poor, informal economy and inevitable social uncertainties. In identifying with Śiva, who is both Master of the World and yet a pathetic drunkard, participants demonstrate their own sovereignty and desirability despite their stigmatized status. Uprising of the Fools shows how religion today is not a retreat into tradition, but an alternative forum for recognition and resistance within a rampant global neoliberalism.

Indian Review of Books

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Tradition Pluralism and Identity

Author : Veena Das
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The essays in this volume honour the outstanding contribution of T N Madan to the development of sociology and social anthropology in South Asia. Anchoring themselves to Professor Madan`s engagement with the sociology of kinship, religion and politics, and with the moral domain of human life, the contributions address the linked themes of tradition, pluralism and identity across a wide range of topics.

Cage of Freedom

Author : Andrew Clinton Willford
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Handbook of Indian Sociology

Author : Veena Das
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This volume contains a selection of essays from the Oxford India Companion of Sociology and Social Anthropology. It is designed to meet the needs of readers looking for an accessible overview of broad trends in Indian economy, polity, religion, culture and kinship structures. The Handbook has five main sections. In the first of these, the reader is introduced to the field of sociological study in India. Subsequent sections cover demographic features including ecology and urban migration; India's religious and cultural landscape; the alliance between family and state; economic structure; and politics.

India

Author : Javeed Alam
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The most pertinent social, economic and political issues confronting India today center around the question of modernity. In this book, Javeed Alam seeks to untangle the complex, and often contradictory, constructions of modernity. He suggests new ways of approaching modernity which are liberatory, rather than oppressive, and may help in the struggle for a more equitable and just society both within the country and in the wider world.

Polygraph

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Russia and the Moslem World

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Studies in Nepali History and Society

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Socio religious economic Movements in India

Author : K. V. Singh
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Identity Culture and Politics

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The Indian Journal of Public Administration

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Bangalore Theological Forum

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The Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India

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Religious Identity and Political Destiny

Author : Deepa S. Reddy
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Religious Identity and Political Destiny: 'Hindutva' in the Culture of Ethnicism is an ethnography of a contentious on-going debate about the place of religion in Indian civic life. Exploring Hindu nationalism from the varied perspectives of its critics in women's activist and Left intellectual circles, its ideologues, supporters, and sympathizers, Deepa S. Reddy locates 'Hindutva' in a broader culture of critique in which identity movements of all kinds compete for recognition, representation, and rights. This book will be of interest to anthropologists, historians, and sociologists, as well as readers of ethno-nationalist movements, religion, activism, global feminisms, and all matters Indian/South Asian.