Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Religious Practices and Democratic Values in India: A Search for Interreligious Dialogue

India has a long, rich, and diverse tradition of philosophical thoughts, spanning some two and a half millennia and encompassing several major religious traditions. India’s democracy can be said to rest on the foundation of religious practice due to the practice of multi-religions and different sects in its continent. Religious practices ties among citizens that generate positive and democratic political outcomes if we see it from the ideals of any religious doctrine as per their written scripture. But in society religious practices (not religious doctrine) do not show equality and usually go against their own religious doctrine as preached in their religious places. It is also evident that religious denomination (Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh etc.) comes as a barrier when we practice democratic ideals in society and make social situation worst. How these religious practices contribute for a society where we can discuss the ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood for a Just Society and become mean of interreligious dialogue in   multi-religious society? this is a big question to think .  The objective of this paper is to study the dimensions of religious practices in Indian society and how these practices can contribute in interreligious dialogue to make atmosphere of peace, understanding and harmony in the society.
Key-Words: Religion, Indian Society, Social Justice, Social Inclusion and Indian Constitution

To be presented at National seminar on World Religions: A step towards inter-religious dialogue sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) New Delhi to be held at the Department  of Philosophy, Patkai Christian college, Nagaland.