The rise of communalism in recent years as the major claimant to power in Indian politics has posed a serious challenge to the survival of democracy and is even threatening the fabric of the Constitution. Coupled with the fact that political discourse in the international arena has been increasingly using the language of religion, this phenomenon has posed a serious challenge to human rights movements worldwide. The seventeen original essays in this volume traverse a large canvas and critically interrogate Hindutva from multiple vantage points in the light of recent national and international political events.

Religion: Opium of the Masses or…

Religion: Opium of the masses or…

Definitions of religion are undoubtedly controversial. While most people define religion based on their own perception of it, most of these definitions have diverse elements. Religion is a multi-faceted phenomenon. The last three decades have seen the rising global dominance of religion in various forms. Since the global movements for national liberation have gone through a new phase in their trajectory, the global debate is centering round religion in some form or the other. In Ayatollah Khoemini's Islamic revolution, Taliban's excesses in Afghanistan, Samuel Huntington's ‘Clash of Civilization’ theory or Hindutva's campaign against the weaker sections of society for building a Hindu rashtra (nation), the language of religion is all pervasive.

Religion in Social Space

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