Saturday, January 07, 2012

Seamless flow of life, learning, religion, & politics

[Social Constructions of Religiosity and Corruption By: Vinod Pavarala, Kanchan K Malik XLVII No.1 January 07, 2012
Religion coexists with what may be described as a liberalised, cosmopolitan and global outlook among Indians and remains an indispensable part of the cultural ethos and social fabric of Indian society. However, interpretations of both religion and corruption are extremely diverse. Notwithstanding the existence of deep-seated faith with strong moral values, religion is not seen as contributing to the moral or spiritual fabric of the nation in present times, while corruption is regarded as pervasive. Very few of the respondents canvassed in this study thought that we should count on religion to make a difference in people’s general attitudes towards corruption. Respondents indicated that their confidence in the accountability of religious organisations is low, and it is therefore problematic to assume that religious organisations are likely to be either appropriate or effective vehicles for fighting corruption. In fact, religion is looked upon as a discredited entity by many, largely due to a sense of popular disillusionment with its “caretakers”.]

All life is yoga, as an axiom, can be said to have assumed tremendous significance in this context. The overpowering consumerist impetus on the one hand and the aggressive Dawkinsian opposition by science on the other has turned religion into an apology and old fashioned. The stigma of corruption corrodes it further, and thus, rescuing it is not an easy task.

Yoga, surely, is like a new bottle, but the term has been so contorted that it is futile to blow fresh meaning to it. Savitri Era, by contrast, conjures up an aura of seamless flow of life, learning, religion, and politics in a common space for the collectivity to evolve. [TNM55]

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