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Journal of Dharma --> Dialogue and Society

Mathematics as an Agent of Dialogue in the Society
     Author: Joseph Varghese Kureethara

Though Mathematics is mostly considered as a subject
of the intelligent, it is used by everybody for daily activities. It
acts as an efficient agent of dialogue in the society. Its role in
transferring abstract knowledge to concrete experience, in
interpreting the unknown and as a tool for problem-solving are
discussed in this paper. Mathematics also helps human beings to
transcend from concrete experience to abstract knowledge. This
paper showcases various elements of Mathematics over a wide
spectrum, from those useful in everyday life of human beings to
the discussions on potential and actual infinity. Mathematics is
an integral part of human life and an essential tool in knowing
the universe. We do not deliberately side with any of the schools
in Mathematics or that of Philosophy.

     Author: Willard Enrique R. Macaraan¨

Utilizing Wacquant’s theorization of urban ghetto, this paper argues based on a field study of selected churches in the Archdiocese of Tokyo that the negotiated existence of Filipino Catholics in Japan, at least in the Archdiocese, has shifted from being a “sworded victim” to being a “shielded enclave.” In response to aging demographics and increasing nonreligiosity of the young, the Archdiocese initiated a vision of “full integration,” generally understood as a strategic goal to achieve an image of a multicultural Church that implies a call to end any dynamics of “swording” on the part of the dominant group as well as “shielding” among the subordinated ones. In deconstructing the ambiguity of “full integration,” the paper analyses traces and cues provided by the Filipino Catholics’ negotiated existence in the Archdiocese of Tokyo. In addition, the paper makes use of ideations from Will Kymlicka’s bi-partite multicultural theory, which may be helpful in articulating a solution to the ambiguity of “full integration” as well as to the predicament of disinterested bicultural youth of the Church in Japan.

     Author: Sahel Md Delabul Hossain and Rajni Singh

The cultural artefact to identify human-being as the ‘Other’ has developed a persistent sense of dissimilitude where ‘us’ receives social recognition, while ‘them’ lives with a demeaning sense of identity. The mentioned social process employs invention of ‘categories’ by casting groups, individuals, or objects into the role of the ‘other’. In this negotiation, the dominant cultural location vilifies the innate qualities of the ‘others’ to any positive social recognition. In the concurrent wave of multiculturalism, the function of this ‘other’ has created a conflict of boundaries culminating into cultural clashes, and strengthening its demand for Cultural Nationalism. By revisiting Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1991), The Black Album (1995), and My Son the Fanatic (1997) the paper examines the position of ‘other’ in constructing the British Muslim Identity in the United Kingdom. This article examines Kureishi’s characters to be cultural products with an innate ‘desire’ for equal social recognition. Further the article tries to find how the failure of the ‘desire’ for identity in the characters results in the creation of negative reality.

     Author: Gerard Rassendren and Sheetal Bharat

Emperor Asoka’s rein is considered an important era in ancient Indian history because of the vastness of his empire and the Buddhist elements in his administration. We propose that in addition to these reasons for highlighting Asoka’s rein, there is an important economic argument as well. It was during the century or two around Asoka’s rule that the subcontinent’s economy underwent a transformation from a simple pastoralagricultural economy to a more mature economy with large scale production, specialisation and trade. The element that Asoka introduced into the social relations in his empire is Buddha’s Dhamma, which formed and strengthened relational contracts. A key feature of relational contracts is incompleteness of arrangements that is managed by social iterations and formal and informal enforcement mechanisms. Each of these is reflected in Asoka’s edicts, the earliest surviving writing samples from the subcontinent. Asoka planned for these measures to ensure political and economic stability. In addition, he also laid the most important foundational material in a rather unique way for all future economic transformations.

     Author: Shubhra Ghoshal and Nirban Manna

Augusto Boal, the Brazilian theatre personality develops the concept of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) as a dialogic praxis that uses performance as a participatory space in developing collective strategies to bring about social transformation. This paper explores the interactive aesthetics of TO in the Indian context as applied and amplified by Jana Sanskriti (JS). Using the methods of qualitative research with theoretical and comparative referential axis of dynamic synergetic experience, the paper examines dialogic dimensions achieved by JS during the various phases of its theatrical process towards subverting ‘monologue’ and propagating ‘dialogue’. The pragmatics of JS is investigated to foreground that Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of ‘dialogism’ attains an empirical expression in the modus operandi of TO, and a dialogic culture is capable of achieving synergetic dimensions leading to sustainable development in the society.

RETHINKING RECONCILIATION Healing of Memories in Transylvania
     Author: Nicu Dumitrașcu

The author discusses the relationship between the Hungarian minority (mostly Reformed) and the Romanian majority (Orthodox) in today’s Transylvania, with a short reference to the situation when the minority become a majority in some areas. In European political debates interethnic relations are an extremely controversial issue and in the Romanian political debates, the theme of the relationship between majority and minority communities and their peaceful living together is brought to the foreground only on the eve of elections. The explanation lies in the Romanians’ nature itself, always oscillating between inconsistency and sacrifice. The current article proposes a way of mutual dialogue between Churches for promoting a good atmosphere of living fraternally for all people of Transylvania.

Journal of Dharma: Dharmaram Journal of Religions and Philosophies

The latest issue of the Journal of Dharma (Vol.42, No.2), on Dialogue and Society, is out on 15 October 2017. 

Asian Horizons: Dharmaram Journal of Theology

The latest issue of the Asian Horizons (Vol.11, No.2), on 500 Years of Reformation, is out on 01 September 2017.

Iustitia: Dharmaram Journal of Canon Law

The latest issue of the Iustitia (Vol.7, No.2), on the theme Temporal Goods and Church's Mission, is out on 15 September 2017.

Vinayasadhana: Dharmaram Journal of Formative Spirituality

The latest issue of Vinayasadhana (Vol.8, No.2), on The Art of Parenting and Formation, is out, on 20 August 2017.

Herald of the East: Dharmaram Journal of Chavara Studies

The latest issue of Herald of the East (Vol.12, No.2), on Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara: To the Desert and Back, is out on 15 October 2017.

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