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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.

Sikhism: The Sacred and the Secular
Sikhism: The sacred and the secular

To conquer the mind is to win the world.


One is religious to the extent of one's power.

—SUKHA SINGH, Gurbilas Davsin Padshai

God wanted me to look upon all religions with one eye; That is why he took away the light from the other.

—MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH, in conversation with a Muslim fakir

It is generally agreed that the notion of secularization as a self-consciously articulated theory of social change is relatively recent and of Western origin. The processes of secularization may well be said to be as old as human history. As a modern theory, however, coeval with the rise of modern science and technology, the thesis of secularization bears the imprint of ...

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