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Among People

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195693553
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0007
Among People

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India’s chequered political history and intertwining of religion into the socio-political fabric has imparted an all-pervasive sense of Indianness amidst all the distinct personalities of different communities. The author wanted to test the bahudhā approach within the broad civilizational framework of the Indian people. A forty-day field visit was conducted from 4 January 2005 to 12 February 2005. The visit covered Calicut in Kerala; Kenduli village in West Bengal; Khuntitoli village in Jharkhand; Sarisab-pahi village in Bihar; and Hajo in Assam. The basic objective of this visit was to bring out how the common people in India retain the essence of harmonious living and manage crises and conflicts in everyday life. One notices that democratic culture is widespread and is strengthened by mutual interdependence and culture. The continuous process of dialogue, however, should be continued for national consolidation and harmony.

Keywords: Indianess; Kerala; West Bengal; Jharkhand; Bihar; Assam; Indianness; bahudhā; national consolidation; dialogue; democratic culture

Chapter.  11767 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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