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000014583 037__ $$a7146
000014583 041__ $$aEnglish
000014583 100__ $$aJodkha, S. S.
000014583 100__ $$aKumar, A.
000014583 245__ $$aReligious mobilization for development and social change: A comparative study of Dalti movements in Punjab and Maharashtra, India: Using religion to achieve social change and increased prosperity
000014583 260__ $$c2010
000014583 260__ $$b
000014583 490__ $$aResearch paper
000014583 507__ $$aMFOLL
000014583 520__ $$aThis research focuses on the place of religion in two lower caste  movements for social change in the Indian states of Punjab and  Maharashtra. The paper notes that both groups faced the challenge of  distancing themselves from Hinduism, whilst at the same time developing a  cultural and critical system that would give coherence and legitimacy  to the movements.<br /><br />The document points out that both movements  attacked the Hindu religion for supporting the practice of untouchablity  and the caste hierarchy. However, rather than pursuing a secular  approach, they assumed a religious character. Yet, the authors deem that  in India, movements of the socially marginalised have to engage with  religion considering the following facts:&nbsp;
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<li>caste and religion in India have been the primary source of identity and social organisation</li>
<li>they have often been critical for the distribution of material resources</li>
<li>caste and religion in India have often been critical for state patronage. </li>
The paper finds that the two movements have used religion as an  instrument to achieve social change and increased prosperity.  Furthermore, it concludes some policy implications for movements trying  to make social change regarding the ex-untouchable caste in India:&nbsp;
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<li>political influence and policy change are necessary but not  sufficient to overcome deeply engrained system of discrimination and  prejudice&nbsp;</li>
<li>rejection of the caste system doesn&rsquo;t necessarily means  rejection of religion, where religion that reject caste can provide an  alternative source of meaning and identity&nbsp;</li>
<li>investment in the development of spiritual and material  religious resources is needed to secure understanding of allegiance to  'new religious traditions' and the continued vitality of them&nbsp;</li>
<li>in addition, investment in social facilities, especially  education, serve multiple functions, including improved access to  employment opportunities and healthcare. </li>
000014583 653__ $$adevelopment
000014583 653__ $$aIndia
000014583 653__ $$areligion
000014583 653__ $$asocial relationships
000014583 650__ $$aMountain people/cultures
000014583 691__ $$aMountain people/cultures
000014583 773__ $$pInternational Development Department, University of Birmingham,UK: http://www.religionsanddevelopment.org/files/resourcesmodule/@random454f80f60b3f4/1288001529_working_paper_47___for_web.pdf
000014583 8564_ $$uhttp://lib.icimod.org/record/14583/files/7146.pdf
000014583 980__ $$aARTICLE