The interface between religion and politics bristles with immense potentiality for good and evil. In this book Rev. Valson Thampu addresses this profound and perennial issue from a multi-disciplinary perspective. His insights emerge from the dialectics of a dual commitment: the welfare of the minorities and the wholeness of the national mainstream. The entire book is an impassioned and timely plea to transform the disruptive energies of hate and alienation into an integrative culture of love and mutual up building, as consonant with the vision underlying the Indian Constitution.
I am happy to recommend this book to all who wish to understand the interface between religion and politics from a holistic, spiritual perspective so as to play a constructive role in public life.
Bishop Vincent M ( rchbishop of Agra
The author’s spiritual vision as exemplified in Religion and Politics is very relevant to a multi-religious society like ours. He reinforces my own conviction that politics must be imbued with spiritual values, and religion enlivened with social justice, if they are to remain healthy and geared to human welfare.
Swami Agnivesh, Spiritual thinker and social activist
Hurting and alienating the minorities is a crime against the nation. In Religion and Politics, Valson Thampu highlights the
constructive role that religious minorities can and must play in this context.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Mamie thinker and writer
This book is a guide to all those who wish to understand and uphold our pluralistic heritage of unity amidst diversity.
P.A. Sangma, Ex-Speaker, Lok Sahha, New Delhi