The fourth Rethinking Religion in India conference builds further on the sixth Dharma and Ethics conference which was successfully held earlier this year on the theme “Tradition, Religion and Law”.
So far the conferences have focused on the theoretical framework in which the Indian traditions are described as religions and the understanding of certain conflicts and problems in India that are generally linked to ‘religion’. This year the aim is to extend the scope of the conference.
If we accept that the theoretical framework in which the Indian traditions are understood as religions is dependent on the Christian theological framework on which it is based, then this must also affect the understanding of other areas of human existence. One such area is the understanding of what a ‘good’ and ‘just’ society is. The aim of the fourth conference is to explore the extent to which Christian notions about truth and falsehood, the goal of law and the nature of a person, have determined the Western judicial system; the extent to which this is different from the Indian understanding of these aspects; and the result this has on the implementation of the western judicial system in India. This will be the focus of the Platform sessions. In the Roundtable sessions the issue of religious and communal violence in India will be further explored.
There are some video recordings of this conference. You can find them on youtube:
The position paper and other information can be found in the brochure of RRI IV.