Heritage and Harmony (Mystic and Bhakti Saints of Hinduism) explores the similarities and common grounds that the spiritual saints of many religions have created between as is seen through the work and life of Sufi and Bhakti saints. The conceptualisation of different religions being antagonistic to each other is a historical and can also be termed propaganda. There are various ways of looking at religion; Religion may be interpreted religiously/spiritually, ontologically, sociologically, historically and psychologically. Religion in its ordinarily accepted sense means a personal relationship with some divine or transcendent person to whom one submits and to whom he/she prays for material advantages or for spiritual and moral enlightenment. The author elaborates on the different conceptualisation of religion and it understands in a chronological order through the example of the Bhakti and Sufi Saints. “
This book is a compilation of articles published by the author in different newspapers and magazines on issues relating to the marginalised communities of Odisha. He has a been part of people’s movements, rights based work and policy advocacy for building and inclusive Odisha by including the historically marginalised communities in the bottom of socio-economic strata who are left out in the ongoing development process and further pushed into the periphery. Their issues and problems get a very minimal space in media and state policy making process in spite of constitutional mandate to establish equality and ensure equal opportunity in all spear of social, economic and political life. Author has tried to highlight the gaps at a different level from policy to programme implementation and also suggested for possible intervention by state and other concern.
This book will be used as an instrument in the realisation of the basic rights of the marginalised in Odisha by strengthening people’s movements and struggles and contribute to the process of building of an inclusive, democratic and vibrant Odisha.