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Neo - Hinduism: Religio - Cultural Per spectives in Contemporary India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (1), Pages 29-31, January,14 (2016)


There is no any specific definition for Hinduism; it is something what we practice in our everyday life. From a historical point of view the tradition has travelled through various transitions, like Vedic set-up of society, Pauranic set-up of society, early medieval, medieval, and colonial and then post colonial. Each and every time has its own social and cultural set-ups through which a society moves in the journey of time. From ancient and medieval times the social order and hierarchies were much tough and strong, maximum social norms and values were directly devised on the basis of religious beliefs. But in the 21st century with introduction of universal laws of equality and emergence of modern state craft has brought various changes in our society. The main objective of this paper is to observe i. the effects of modern state craft and law over the traditional Hindu social structure, ii. to analyze and understand the notion of social mobility in respect to the notion of Hinduism, iii. to identify the effects of modern socio-economic dynamics over the ancient religious and social institutions iv. to see and observe the emergence of Neo-Hinduism as a product of negotiations between the inter and intra socio-cultural traditions. There is no doubt that still we are in the phase of social transition and the need of the time is to understand the means and mode of this transition. As earlier our social norms were govern by religions, right now it is by the national and international economic forces. Everything has been come under the relation of profit and loss and it is pathetic for our society because somewhere religions also talk about the morals and social responsibility but the economic forces only creates space for markets and raw materials.


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