The Journal of Dharma, Dharmaram Quarterly Journal of Religions and Philosophies was founded in 1975; it is a quarterly journal of religions and philosophies, a pioneer in this field. This journal brings together scholars from all over the world and from across diverse cultures and traditions to seriously deliberate upon philosophical and religious issues. Dharma Journal is part of the Dharmaram Journals, a group of scientific periodic publications, is an integral part of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram (DVK), Pontifical Athenaeum of Theology, Philosophy and Canon Law. Through the Journal of Dharma DVK accomplishes its mission by bringing to the erudite public the highest quality research.


The library contains articles of Journal of Dharma as of vol. 34(2009) to current.

Recent Submissions

  • Religion and Rationality

    Journal of Dharma (Journal of Dharma, 2015-12)
    Journal of Dharma, The Dharmaram Quarterly Journal of Religions and Philosophies was founded in 1975. This is an earnest attempt on the part of DVK to bring together scholars from all over the world and from across diverse cultures and traditions to seriously deliberate upon issues pertaining to religions and philosophies. Apart from serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences regarding approaches and methods towards religious and philosophical quests of humanity, this quarterly journal encourages research in interreligious studies and dialogue.
  • Religion and Philosophy

    Journal of Dharma (Dharma Research Association, 2015-09)
  • Constitutionality of personal laws and movement towards uniform civil code in India

    Panadan, Davis (Journal of Dharma, 2015-06)
    "The Personal Laws based on religion have created confusion and conflict and many of provisions in some of the Personal Laws are discriminatory and are against the basic human rights and fundamental equality enshrined in the Indian Constitution. The demand for a Uniform Civil Code has been raised right from the beginning of Indian Independence and the demand is getting wider support now especially among the educated segment of the population. The paper deals with the constitutionality of Personal Laws. So the question arises that whether Personal Laws come under the purview of Indian Constitution or whether Personal Laws are constitutionally valid is analysed in detail, the movement towards Uniform Civil Code are discussed and Uniform Civil Code with its pros and cons are looked into. The paper concludes with certain practical suggestions."
  • Two identity builders in amity and enmity: Religion and Politics

    Kundukulam, Vincent (Journal of Dharma, 2015-06)
    "Religion and politics are the two ancient social institutions which propose, each in its own way, a notion of how to live in this world. Since both of them structure the social living of people they are everywhere interactive. The constant interaction of politics and religion in different countries gives birth to diverse forms of political and religious co-habitations and there emerges consequent issues revolving their identities, methods of reaching out to people and means of their survival. This paper explains the rationale of the inevitable alliance between politics and religion, exposes the important models of politics and religion co-existing in the current world and examines the potential of religion to withstand the attempts of politics to overwhelm religion. It also envisages that the emerging cold war between secular and religious nationalisms will not result in disastrous casualties."
  • Reconsidering public theology

    Kwok, Wai-Luen (Journal of Dharma, 2015-06)
    "In the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong, from its very beginning, the influence of Protestant Christianity was obvious. The initiators launched the Movement in a church, and claimed that it is not only a political but also a spiritual quest. The initiators attempted to theologize their actions, and quickly engendered hot debates within the Church and society. More interestingly, even non-Christians have entered these discussions to articulate their versions of public theology. The paper introduces these discourses and analyzes their theological implications. I argue that the case of the Occupy Central Movement shows that public theology in Hong Kong needs to move away from focusing on political mobilisation and counter mobilisation. Rather, pursuing theological reflection on the concepts of justice, peace and welfare of the society can help Hong Kong Protestant Christians regain a sense of public shared values to meet the challenge of coming political crisis."
  • Dharma as a binary identity

    Vagishwari, S. P. (Journal of Dharma, 2015-06)
    "The idea of Dharma has different connotation in History from that of religion as is popularly understood. While it is accepted as righteousness, it transcends the notion that Dharma represents piety, spirituality, belief and nobility. On the contrary, History is replete with instances of how religion, an institutionalized aspect of Dharma, was constantly articulated as representing Authority, Power, Status and Hierarchy. Due to these interpretations Dharma often was projected as a tool for realization of the above by various institutions, be they, political, social, cultural or economic, and Dharma provided legitimacy and justified their identities. The present paper juxtaposes this articulation in the context of Ancient and Medieval India, spanning a period approximately from 3rd century BCE to 10th century CE. It argues that the different trajectories that flowed between Dharma and various other secular institutions constantly witnessed divergence as well as assimilation at various points of time."
  • Joycean Novels

    Nayar, Anupama (Journal of Dharma, 2015-03)
    "This paper discusses how the Irish novelist James Joyce used the Novel form as an interface of religion and secularism in fiction. The secularism of his novels is a nuanced, complex project, as he was deeply haunted by the fabric of religious upbringing which he had only partially disowned. Joyce’s works as well as life reflect an ambiguous relationship to religious texts, themes, and institutions. A non-teleological concept of modernity is what is present in the works of Joyce especially in his novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. Here, the secular and the religious exist in an intimately antinomian, mutually defining opposition in many aspects of cultural life, including literature."
  • Understanding the role of religion in a media-centric society

    Pen, Robert (Journal of Dharma, 2015)
    "Usage of media is part of the humdrum of our lives and it is important to understand the foundational change media brought about in our lives. Religion in general has been at the foundations of society and/or social structure. Over the years both mass media and religion have intertwined with each other and this research analyzes the changes brought about in religion due to the influence of mass media and explores the possibility of a creative dialogue between religion and mass media. The first part answers the foundational question of media and presents a comparative report of the effect of media. The challenges that religion has to face from the media are investigated in the second part. The third part explores the role of religion in the possible and necessary transformation of media. By being more media conscious and participative, and co-authoring our part effectively we could use mass media as a social institution for fostering harmony, peace and a universal fraternity."
  • Sacred symbols and practices across the religious-secular divide

    Vincent, Aparna (Journal of Dharma, 2015-06)
    "There is no unanimity of opinion among scholars on what is considered as sacred. While there are scholars who argue that religion has the exclusive control over the sacred, there are also others who argue that the process of secularization has taken the sacred outside the control of organized religion. This paper is an attempt to challenge the polarity between religious and secular in the context of the discussion of the sacred. By drawing examples from the arena of modern politics I will try to show how the solemn in modern societies is closely associated with or resemble the sacred in religion. The political symbolisms, rituals and practices of modern nation states get their sanctity and solemnity by being associated with or by resembling religious symbols, rituals and practices. I argue that the idea of solemn in modern societies is neither restricted to the obviously religious nor to those cases where religion and politics mix but is also found in outwardly non-religious or secular contexts, thus prompting us to take a relook at the so-called secular."
  • Rabindranath Tagore and Ludwig Wittgenstein: Two Sentinels on the Borderlands of Modernity

    Tyler, Peter (Journal of Dharma, 2015)
    "This paper shall explore how two great masters of twentieth century thought engaged with the mid-twentieth century secular agenda and how one influenced the other. One hundred years ago Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951), the Austrian philosopher, fought for the Austro-Hungarian army during the First World War and subsequently experienced a personal, professional and philosophical crisis. In the aftermath of the war, as he sought to rebuild his life, he came across the writings of his contemporary Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941), the Bengali poet and social reformer. This paper will explore the impact of Tagore’s work on Wittgenstein and how it opens up new perspectives for theologians today."
  • Karnatic music and Christianity: An Ethnomusicological Approach

    Poovathingal, Paul (Journal of Dharma, 2015)
    "Ethnomusicological approach towards Christian music in India has revealed that Christian music in India had a strong interaction with the traditional classical music of South India, i.e., Karnatic music. Protestant Churches in India had tried to adapt native music tradition into their music even before Second Vatican Council whereas Catholic Church in India made serious attempts for inculturation only after the Council. The present paper focuses on the ethnomusicological perspective of the Christian music in India and the multicultural, multireligious interaction of Karnatic music with respect to its adaptability and universality. It also deals with the structural and melodic analysis of the compositions of the leading Christian Karnatic composers of the past and the present, and the analysis of Karnatic musical forms and musical genres available in the Christian musical subcultures of South India."
  • Religion and Society

    Kundukulam, Vincent; Kwok, Wai-Luen; Panadan, Davis; Vincent, Aparna (Dharma Research Association, 2015-06)
    "That we are social beings and that we live, move, and have our being in a community are truisms that need to be reaffirmed today as we live in a highly individualised techno-commercial world. We are not just individuals who are complete in themselves and separate from others and who later for various reasons engage in a variety of relations with other human beings. That we belong to a community is fundamental to our being human so much so that we are products and projects of nurture as much as we are products and projects of nature. Society is constitutive of being and becoming a human person."
  • Body-Art-Spirituality

    John, C. F. (Journal of Dharma, 2015-03)
    "Both the creative mind of an artist and spiritual seeker participate intimately in the world they observe. They serve to understand the nature and function of reality as a whole. For a meaningful journey the inquiry has to be into the body and through the body - not outside of it. Body can corrupt. It can tempt us to remain concerned with minor interests, but this temptation has its limits. The corruption that the mind can indulge in, however, is beyond imagination. The cause and effect of much of our tension today is the indulgence of mind. When we speak about reality, attempting to reveal its mystery, we inevitably speak in contradictions. The role of a creative mind is to perceive the realms of reality that contradict the gushing force of everyday reality. To make a pause, to recognise the subtler realms that help us re-enter the reality with a new vision."
  • Digital Awakening

    Louis, Paul T. (Journal of Dharma, 2015-03)
    "This paper explores the religious presence and possibilities in the virtual world. An analysis of communication progress leads to the present scenario of new media environment. Based on the idea of revelation and a system of autopoiesis, religion appears like a closed communicator. Religion’s communication needs to be placed within the context of evolving new media environment. Basing on McLuhan’s theory of extension, religious narratives need new forms of presence in the digital world. When it comes to diffusion of innovation (Everett Rogers) the state of religion appears precarious. From a communication perspective adoption of innovation by religion can come under the category of ‘laggards’ and ‘luddites’. The transference of religion`s presence from the real to the virtual demands new innovative and participatory models to serve the digital natives."
  • Religion and Arts

    Nandhikkara, Jose (Journal of Dharma, 2015-03)
    "40 years back, on the occasion of the Decennial of the Second Vatican Council, Journal of Dharma was launched by the Centre for the Study of World Religions (established in 1971 at Dharmaram College) as an International Quarterly of Religions and Philosophies “to fill the gap of a felt need in the contemporary society” “to foster intercultural understanding from an inner realization of religions.” Understanding religion as “one of the deepest dimensions of culture” Journal of Dharma was committed to “disseminate the seeds of the Sacred in every bit of our secular existence and to re-integrate the entire material Universe in the Spirit of Truth and Holiness” (Editorial of the first issue). Together with the promotion of inter-religious dialogue, Journal of Dharma also promoted a dialogue between the sacred and secular with the conviction that the ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’ are basic dimensions of reality."
  • Dharma and Grief: Secularisation of a Sacred Emotion

    Bilimoria, Purushottama (Journal of Dharma, 2015-03)
    "The presentation begins with the moving scene of Vālmīki’s grief over the bereavement of the survivor of the two birds in amorous union as one of them is pierced by a hunter’s arrow. After considering Abhinavagupta’s doubt about the genuineness of Vālmīki’s grief, the paper moves to Mahābhārata as the women from the warring clans bear witness to the horrendous carnage ensuing from the battle, and the constant rebuke that Yudhiṣthira, h ead o f t he P āṇḍava clan, faces from Draupadī for wandering the earth without finding a stable foundation for Dharma or grounding it in firm absolutes. We liken Yudhiṣthira to Mahatma Gandhi facing the near-collapse of the Indian subcontinent as it was being rent apart with communal violence on the eve of its Independence. But we also compare Yudhiṣthira with Hamlet, the tragic grief-ridden character, who is equally bewildered and confused by the array of emotions and sensations that overwhelm his lingering body upon news of the death of and ghostly encounter with his murdered father. With this as the context, we take the occasion to explore recent thinking on the ‘hard emotions’, in particular, grief, sorrow and mourning, and link the challenging inner and social condition to the calling of Dharma (righteous law, normatively worthy action). Drawing from some comparative work (academic and personal) in the study of grief, mourning and empathy, we shall discuss the treatment of this tragic pathos in classical Indic literature and modern-day psychotherapy. We shall demonstrate, despite being secularised, these emotions continue to serve as the sites of imagination at a much more personal and inter-personal level that are not antithetical to a Dharmic (sacred) quest despite their haunting presence even when ‘the four walls collapse around one in the intensity of duḥkha (suffering, sorrow)’ (Tagore)."
  • Media: The All-Pervasive Being / Entity of Our Time

    Arackal, Francis (Journal of Dharma, 2015-03)
    "The omnipotence of mass media was already felt in the beginning of the twentieth century and media attained the status of a religion with the arrival of television. By the end of the twentieth century television, ‘the big medium’, became the surrogate parent, teacher and god and the launching of the internet enabled instant social networking. Technology is integral to media operations as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Pintrest, Instagram, etc., would be rendered ineffective without the internet. In the early 21st century the world moved beyond the ‘global village’ ending up as a ‘global living room’. No wonder Alexander Bard, the prophet who calls for triumph of the ‘netocracy’ in his latest book Syntheism – Creating God in the Internet Age, speaks of the internet as the new Holy Spirit. Indeed with the New Media a new culture, religion, sanctuary idols and priesthood are emerging."
  • Basic Ecclesial Community and Economics of Compassion

    R. Macaraan, Willard Enrique (Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, 2013)
    There is an increasing number of governments, institutions, and civil societies (NGOs) that have been advocating economic systems, structures, or dynamics that would promote the good of the human person. People have started to realize that doing economics is not always within the realm of rationalized calculations but must look after the human person. This paper attempts to contribute to this agendum by employing an interdisciplinary dialogue between theology and economics; drawing a moral-cultural framework towards a compassionbased economics. Together with the positive traits of today’s economic alternatives and the salient features of Jesus’ praxis of compassion, this paper would offer fourteen (14) criteria as basis for what could be the most feasible base/locus for an economics of compassion. Eventually, what has been considered as the suitable base/locus is the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs); hence, a BEC-based Economics of Compassion or BEC-EC
  • Ethics and Global Finance

    George, Anju (Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, 2013)
    The globalized era of twenty-first century is witnessing a drastic decline in moral and ethical standards in all spheres of life, including economics. This deterioration in moral standards is all pervasive and has assumed a cross-national and multi-disciplinary character. The article ‘Ethics and Global Finance’ is an analysis of our financial system in the backdrop of the recent economic crisis. Going beyond the economic dimensions, an earnest attempt has been made to bring out the reasons that emanated from the failing moral and ethical standards that finally culminated in the Great Economic Crisis of 2007-2008. It analyzes why unlike the other sectors of the economy, a deterioration of ethical behaviour in our financial transactions has to be viewed with much more vigilance. There are certain suggestive measures added towards the end of the article to improve the present financial scenario
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Myth and Reality

    Rassendren, Gerard; Sagar Prasad, T. (Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, 2013)
    Companies nowadays strive to be socially conscious in the way they do business by taking up corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities besides maintaining profitability. Similarly consumers modulate their purchase choices to be made up of products that have been produced and marketed through socially responsible processes. But the congruence between achieving gain and being responsible to the community has ethical contradictions due to the presence of self interest. This paper proposes to examine the dimensions of this conflict and towards the end suggest a new orientation that foregrounds social responsibility relative to profit or gain.

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