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Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World$
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Balmiki Prasad Singh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195693553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.001.0001

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Religion for All Beings

Religion for All Beings

(p.249) 9 Religion for All Beings
Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Balmiki Prasad Singh

Oxford University Press

It is very unfortunate that religion has become a source of discord, conflict and wars. Faiths differ from each other in terms of dogmas, beliefs, and rituals. But, at the same time, all religions have also been creative, and have enabled people to attain meaningful existence. Dogmas, beliefs, and rituals are only instruments which seek to arouse a spiritual quest so that one can realize new possibilities in life. This chapter asks the following questions: What is the political role of religion? How does it affect state policy? What challenges does it pose to world peace? What positive role can religion play towards global peace and formulation of public policy for social harmony? Is secularization of the state the answer? What help can the bahudhā approach render in this context?

Keywords:   bahudhā, religion, social harmony, world peace, state policy, spiritual quest

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