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Structure and Behaviour of Daily Labour Markets in Gujarat: VTV Gujarati Debate

By |February 18th, 2020|Research Project|0 Comments

Structure and Behaviour of Daily Labour Markets in Gujarat: VTV Gujarati Debate

Book Launch:Changing character of religiosity in Gujarat: Sacred Space,Time and Persona

By |February 5th, 2020|Books|0 Comments

 With the level of religiosity breaching the 90% mark as per the latest World Value Survey, India today is in the select club of highly religious nations. At this point of time, many scholars have warned about the dangers of religious illiteracy among staunch religious followers especially in multi-faith societies where misunderstanding and ignorance can escalate into hostility, abuse and violence, and hinder cooperative endeavours in all arenas of human experience.

This book studies the inextricable relation between religion and religiosity across space, time and persona. With these concerns, the authors emphasise empirical externalities of religion by observing the evolution of religious spaces and changing character of religious festivals over time. Findings from the empirical data justify the use of economic variables to understand religion and the changing demographics of religious pluralism. The analysis of religious and caste organizations throws light on how they have responded to the changing character of sacred time due to the economic shifts. In contrast to the ideas about spiritual gurus of old like hermits living in mountains, or bearded sages living in remote ashrams,  this book shows the role of technology- powered  godmen  and women, some of whom  have  become India’s most influential and powerful figures. No matter how deeply held our beliefs may be today about perpetuity of religion, they are likely in time to be transformed, or simply fade away.

The book raises many questions for social scientific research on religion. If religions have changed dramatically in the past, how might they change in the future? Is there any substance in the claim that belief in gods will die out altogether? As our civilisation and its technologies become increasingly complex, could entirely new forms of worship and celebration of festivals emerge?

This book should interest scholars of philosophy, theology, religions, and social sciences. Book detail

3rd Foundation Lecture

By |February 4th, 2020|Foundation Lecture|0 Comments

The Paradox: Nationalism and Pluralism

By Rudolf C. Heredia

Abstract: The paradox of nationalist pluralism is resolved only with an inclusivenationalism and a tolerant pluralism. Nationalism is a powerful unifier and motivator,pluralism demands tolerance and understanding of difference. Our Constitution affirmsliberty, equality fraternity for all citizens, while protecting minorities’ rights andaffirmative action for the marginalised, the poor and discriminated.Our cultural diversity and religious pluralism could be an example to a broken andviolent world. Unfortunately, authoritarian ethno-nationalism favours uniformity andsingle party dominance. It took two World Wars before the European nations were ready

for the European Union. It is still a work in progress, but yet an example for The Unionof India.
I. Introduction: Method and Context
1. The Approach

The way we conceptualise a situation already sets the parameters for our response,which will inevitably reflect the limitations and leads, the confusion or the clarity inour thinking. Hence the more incisive our understanding, the more decisive can be ourresponse.

In this presentation, we will take a hermeneutist rather than a deconstructionist-stance. We will exercise our “sociological suspicion”, but we will try at the same time toindulge in the “art of listening” to the various voices that speak from different perspectives.But if we want to set the meaning of their text in a meaningful context, then we must alsoattempt to uncover the pre-judgements that pre-set their ‘horizon of understanding’, as well as the pre-options that predispose their responses.

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A Summary Report-National Seminar on Social Structure of Tribal India

By |December 13th, 2019|Seminar:-Summary|2 Comments

A Summary  Report

National Seminar on

Social Structure of Tribal India: Concepts, Debates and Empirical Realities

(November 22-23, 2019)

 By Kanchan Bharati and Dhananjay Kumar

Anthropologists and sociologists have for long focused their studies on the tribal communities of India on their culture (sanskriti) comprised of ecology, agriculture, arts, crafts, dance, language, folklore religion, festivals, witchcraft and so on. However, studies of social structure (samaj) of the tribes have been relatively sidelined. Hence we have lesser knowledge of their groups, classes and categories, such as family and marriage, lineage and clan, the network of kinship and affinity and their political structure. During the 1960s some anthropologists/sociologists have initiated studies on the social structure of the tribals of eastern and central India. But not many studies have been done in the western part of the country.

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Media Coverage of National Seminar on Social Structure of Tribal India (November 22-23, 2019)

By |November 23rd, 2019|Media Coverage|2 Comments

National Seminar on Social Structure of Tribal India: Concepts, Debates and Empirical Realities

By |November 21st, 2019|Seminar:- Concept Note|3 Comments

 

CONCEPT NOTE

 Introduction

It is by now well known that anthropologists and sociologists have for long  focused their studies of the tribal communities of India on their culture (sanskriti) comprised of ecology, food gathering, agriculture, arts, crafts, dance, music, language, folklore, magic, witchcraft, religion, festivals, and so on. On the other hand, studies of social structure (samaj) of the tribes have been relatively sidelined. In other words, we have lesser knowledge of their groups, classes and categories, such as family and marriage, lineage and clan, network of kinship and affinity, and the implications of these for other structures of society, especially their political structure. In 1962, Surajit Sinha initiated studies on the social structure of the tribals. Subsequently, by following this approach, a few more scholars have studied the tribals of eastern and central India. In western India, however, no detailed study of the social structure of tribes has been conducted, except The Bhils of Ratanmal by YVS Nath in 1960.

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Suicides in Gujarat

By |October 12th, 2019|Research Articles|0 Comments

Suicides in Gujarat 

Human life is considered as most sacred thing yet many people across the globe from all religions attempt to self-harm and end their life by suicide. World Health Organization asserts that close to eight lakh people take their own life worldwide, with suicide attempts being much more in numbers[i]. Global scenario also suggests the problem of suicide being shifted to Asia with India and China contributing major share of suicidal deaths.

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World Mental Health Day

By |October 10th, 2019|Research Articles|0 Comments

આજે World Mental Health Day વડોદરા શહેરમાં દર ૨૦ મિનિટે એક આપઘાતનો પ્રયાસ વડોદરા શહેરમાં દર એક લાખે ૧૫થી ૨૦ મૃત્યુ આપઘાતથી

આજે વિશ્વ માનસિક આરોગ્ય દિન છે. આ વર્ષનું થીમ છે Focus on Suicide Prevention એટલે કે આપઘાત નિવારણ ઉપર ધ્યાન કેન્દ્રિત કરવું. વિશ્વ આરોગ્ય સંસ્થાએ આવું થીમ કેમ પસંદ કરવું પડ્યું એ એક વિચારણા માંગી લે તેવો ગંભીર પ્રશ્ન છે કારણ કે આપઘાત એક જટિલ સમસ્યા છે. એનું કોઈ એક ચોક્કસ કારણ નથી. જૈવિક, આનુવંશિક, માનસિક, સામાજીક, સાંસ્કૃતિક તથા આર્થિક અને આજુબાજુના વાતાવરણને લગતા પરિબળો એમાં ભાગ ભજવે છે. એ કહેવું મુશ્કેલ છે કે અમુક લોકો આપઘાત કરવાનું કેમ પસંદ કરે છે જયારે બીજા એમના કરતા પણ ખરાબ પરિસ્થિતિમાં હોવા છતાં આપઘાત નથી કરતા. દુનિયાના તમામ દેશોમાં આપઘાત એ જાહેર આરોગ્યની એક મોટી સમસ્યા બની ગઈ છે ત્યારે અમારા સેન્ટર ફોર કલ્ચર એન્ડ ડેવલપમેન્ટ દ્વારા સમગ્ર ગુજરાત રાજ્યમાં આપઘાતની તરાહ, વલણો અને તેની પાછળના વિવિધ પરિબળો ઉપર વિસ્તૃત રિસર્ચ હાથ ધરવામાં આવ્યું હતું.

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Book Launch Event at CCD on 09-09-2019

By |September 10th, 2019|Books|0 Comments

Lagacy of Ambedkar: Analysis and Appraisal

By |July 12th, 2019|Books|0 Comments

This collection of essays examines the legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar with regard to his ideas of social democracy, eradication of caste system, formation and strengthening of constitutional institutions, and the role of religion and caste in a democracy. This volume is not a eulogy for Ambedkar, but an analytical attempt to look at his contributions and failures. The primary objective of the volume is to assess Ambedkar from a detached, unbiased and objective view in the light of changing contemporary India.

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