Religion In contemporary south Asia
Anjali Chauhan (Sri JNPG College, University of Lucknow)
Neetu Singh (Lucknow University)
The World of the Mind and the Mind in the World
University Place 6.212
Thursday 8 August, 9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

The panel deals with religion in south asian countries . We propose to see impact of globalisation and ICT revolution on religion in this zone.We shall also look into economic or commercial aspects of religion.

Long abstract:

South Asia, where one-fifth of the world's population resides is ethnically diverse, with more than 2,000 ethnic entities with populations ranging from hundreds of millions to small tribal groups. This area has been the home of some of the oldest religions of the world like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism . The other religions followed here include Islam, Christianity, Judaism. It includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. According to some other categorizations Afghanistan, Iran, Burma and Tibet. These countries share a similar ambience and social-cultural set-up. Religion is one of the major institutions in the society. Moreover religion is deeply associated all other institutions marriage, family, kinship, economic organisations and political institutions. It reflects the thoughts and beliefs of the people and also plays a vital role in decision-making. Thus the various kind of religions flourishing in this area must be understood to be able to know about their interplay. Today Religion is undergoing changes in the midst of globalisation. The cross-cultural issues increase the need for understanding the framework of the society at large. How is religion redefined in contexts where modernity and secularism are gaining ground? The degree of acceptability of development schemes, modernisation and information and communication technology also depends on these religious outlooks. The issue of dynamic emerging patterns of religion need to be identified and researched upon.