Category Archives: Religion

On village Deities

http://www.india-seminar.com/2010/612/612_interview_siddalingaiah.htm Chandan Gowda: How did you become interested in village deities? Siddalingaiah: I was always curious about gods. I often went to fairs and festivals with my grandmother and used to participate in the festivals of village deities as an … Continue reading

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Islamization in India : Richard M. Eaton

From the book The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204–1760 Four Conventional Theories of Islamization in India Theories purporting to explain the growth of Islam in India may be reduced to four basic modes of reasoning. Each is … Continue reading

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Secularism re-examined : By Andre Beteille

By Andre Beteille THE PUBLIC debate on secularism is acquiring some curious features. It is obvious that many persons have misgivings about it, but, with the exception of a few mavericks, they are generally not prepared to attack it openly. … Continue reading

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Religious Identities

by Andre Beteille; January 19 , 2011 Many believe that secularism cannot flourish in India because the people of this country, whether Hindus or Muslims, are deeply religious. I maintain, on the other hand, that secular ideas and institutions can … Continue reading

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Hinduism in danger?

Author : Andre Beteille SOME OF the most vivid recollections of my childhood go back to the Great Calcutta Killings when as a boy of 11 or 12 I had to travel by bus and tram between home and school … Continue reading

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