By Milind Wakankar
This booklet explores the connection among mainstream and marginal or subaltern spiritual perform within the Indian subcontinent, and its entanglement with rules of nationhood, democracy and equality. With specified readings of texts from Marathi and Hindi literature and feedback, the booklet brings jointly experiences of Hindu devotionalism with problems with spiritual violence.
Drawing at the arguments of Partha Chatterjee, Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida, the writer demonstrates that Indian democracy, and certainly postcolonial democracies regularly, don't consistently adhere to Enlightenment beliefs of freedom and equality, and that faith and secular existence are inextricably enmeshed within the background of the trendy, no matter if understood from the viewpoint of Europe or of nations previously colonized via Europe. consequently subaltern protest, in its personal try to lay declare to historical past, needs to depend on an concept of faith that's inextricably intertwined with the deeply invidious legacy of country, kingdom, and civilization. the writer means that the co-existence of acts of social altruism and the event of doubt born from social strife - ‘miracle’ and ‘violence’ - needs to be a significant factor for moral debate. conserving in view the facility and achieve of genocidal Hinduism, this publication is the 1st to examine how the faith of marginal groups immediately affirms and turns clear of secularized religion.
This very important contribution to the study of vernacular cosmopolitanism in South Asia could be of significant curiosity to historians and political theorists, in addition to to students of spiritual stories, South Asian experiences and philosophy.
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