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This book looks at the sociology of India from two perspectives: first, understanding the cultural traditions of India with special reference to religious and ethical values; and second, exploring the growth of the sociological traditions of India.

Divided in two parts, the book goes beyond mere description of the main religious traditions and looks at the ethical values that are embedded in the religio-secular traditions of India. It also projects the sociological traditions of India as a historical process, a process of growth of sociological knowledge. The basic premise of the discussion is not one dominant cultural tradition but the plurality that characterizes the cultural, religious, and value traditions of India, and pluralism that characterizes the sociology of India.

Indian Secularism in a Post-Secular Age
Indian secularism in a post-secular age

[The secular state] is a state which honours all faiths equally and gives them equal opportunities. …

—JAWAHARLAL NEHRU, An Anthology

I use this term [‘post-secular Europe’] not as designating an age in which the declines in belief and practice of the last century would have been reversed, because this doesn't seem likely, at least for the moment; I rather mean a time in which the hegemony of the mainstream master narrative of secularization will be more and more challenged. This I think is now happening.

—CHARLES TAYLOR, A Secular Age

I claim no originality, only certain timeliness.

—GREGORY BATESON, Angels Fear

Is Indian secularism the Indian version of a universal conceptual category—secularism in India—with its own defining characteristics in ...

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