Rajeev Bhargava examines two frameworks of religio-philosophical pluralism, one in which an ensemble of doctrinally bounded religious/philosophical communities live together somewhat reluctantly, and another in which, given porous boundaries and fluidity of movement between communities, there is acceptance and mutual respect. He also discusses the theological, social and political conditions that must be met for the existence of each of the two frameworks, particularly for the success and legitimacy of the second framework of pluralism.
Rajeev Bhargava is Professor and former Director of CSDS., Delhi. (2007-2104). He was Professor, JNU, New Delhi (1980-2005), and was Head, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.(2001-2005). He is Honorary Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford and Professorial Fellow, ACU, Sydney. He has been a Fellow at Harvard University, University of Bristol, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, and the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He has also been Distinguished Resident Scholar, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University, and Asia Chair at Sciences Po, Paris. He was a Berggruen Fellow at CASBS, Stanford and Institute of the Humanities, Tsinghua Universities and is currently (Aug-Dec) continuing the fellowship at NYU.
Bhargava’s publications include Individualism in Social Science (1992), What is Political Theory and Why Do We Need It? (2010), and The Promise of India’s Secular Democracy (2010). His edited works are Secularism and Its Critics (1998) and Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution (2008). His work on secularism and methodological individualism is internationally acclaimed.
Valerie Foster Githinji
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