India's Agony Over Religion: Confronting Diversity in Teacher Education

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SUNY Press, Feb 16, 1995 - Religion - 393 pages
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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

Introduction Beating the Retreat
1
AN INTRODUCTORY PROFILE
9
THE TERMS STATE NATIONSTATE AND CIVILIZATION
32
THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE
37
Continuity i Old Indic Formations
44
FAULT LINES AND BANYAN TREES
50
DISCONTINUITY AS CONTINUITY
52
THE INDUS VALLEY C 30001500 BCE
54
The Secular as Religion and the Community as Citizen
178
THE SECULAR AS RELIGION
182
THE COMMUNITY AS CITIZEN
208
FIVE CURRENT CRISES
226
1 The crisis with the Sikh Community in the state of Punjab
234
2 The crisis over Kashmiri Muslim demands for autonomy in the state of Jammu and Kashmir
244
3 The crisis regarding personal law and the difficulties of developing a uniform civil code as exhibited in the Shah Bano Begum case and the Muslim...
256
4 The crisis regarding the notion of compensatory discrimination and its extension to the Other Backward Classes OBCs as a result of the recommend...
261

THE INDOBRAHMANICAL C 1500600 BCE
57
THE INDOSRAMANICAL
65
THE INDIC HINDUBUDDHISTJAIN C3001200
75
Discontinuity as Continuity ii New Indic Formations
102
THE INDOISLAMIC C 12001757
103
THE INDOANGLIAN C 1757PRESENT
119
The Minority as Majority
142
FRAMEWORKS OF MEANING IN CONVERSATION OLD INDIC AND NEW INDIC
147
THE PROBLEM OF RELIGION IN INDIAN HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION
163
5 The crisis in Ayodhya culminating in the destruction in December of 1992 of an old Muslim mosque Babri Masjid purportedly located on the preci...
266
Conclusion The End as the Beginning
278
CONCLUDING SUMMARY
279
THE SEARCH FOR A NEW BEGINNING
289
ABIDE WITH ME MOTHER GREAT AND FREE
298
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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