India's Agony Over Religion

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Religion - 393 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Beating the Retreat
1
Theoretical Perspective
37
Old Indic Formations
44
The Minority as Majority
142
The Secular as Religion and the Community as Citizen
178
The End as the Beginning
278
Notes
301
Select Bibliography
343
Index
375
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Gerald James Larson is Professor of History of Religions in the Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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