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Religion and Modernity in India

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay and Aloka Parasher Sen


Modernity, which emphasizes the relegation of religion firmly to an individual’s private life, is a challenging idea for any culture. In India it faces a particularly unusual problem: the persistence of numerous traditional and religious practices means that religion and modernity co-habit here in a complex, plural, transient, and historically evolving relationship. Religion and Modernity in India explores this complex relationship through a series of case studies on the quotidian experiences of people practising a variety of religions. It presents the dynamically interacting textures of socie ... More

Keywords: India, modernity, religion, nationalism, politics, secularism, communalism, diaspora, culture, tradition, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199467785
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, editor
Professor of Asian History and Director, New Zealand India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Aloka Parasher Sen, editor
Professor of History and Director, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

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Front Matter


Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Aloka Parasher Sen

Part One Modernity, Religion, and Secularism

Part Two Modernity, Religion, and the Communities

Part Three Secularism, Religion, and Politics

10 The Ritual of Power and Power of the Ritual

N. Sudhakar Rao, M. Ravikumar

Part Four Religious Practices of the Diaspora

12 Durability and Change

Brent Howitt Otto, Robyn Andrews