About RINDAS (phase1)

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Ryukoku University's Center for the Study of Contemporary India (RINDAS) was established in April of 2010 as a partner of the Contemporary India Area Studies (INDAS) Network in collaboration with the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU). Research theme of RINDAS is "The Living Tradition of Indian Philosophy in Contemporary Politics", which aims to promote studies in contemporary India from diverse and long-term perspectives.


Why India Now?

The image of India has recently shifted from "a country of stagnation and poverty" to "a country of great power" as a result of its growing economic strength.
India has realizedthis remarkable economic development primarily because of its relatively stable"democratic" politics. What interests us is that the norms and morals that maintain theIndian economy and politics reflect traditional Indian thought and philosophicalconcepts such as Satya (truth), Dharma (morality or duty), and Ahimsa (nonviolence),which have been formed during India's long history.

Ryukoku University's Role in Contemporary India Studies

Our project attempts to integrate the knowledge and materials on Indian philosophy and Buddhism accumulated during the 370-year history of Ryukoku University with the newfindings of contemporary India studies, focusing on the "Living Tradition of IndianPhilosophy in Contemporary India". To that end, we opened the Center for the Study of Contemporary India (RINDAS), in collaboration with the National Institutes for the Humanities, for five years from April of 2010 through March of 2014.

INDAS Network

RINDAS is a partner of the Contemporary India Area Studies (INDAS) Network launched by National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), which consists of six research centers at Kyoto University, The University of Tokyo, Hiroshima University, National Museum of Ethnology, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and Ryukoku University.

Research Focus and Methods of the Network

We will adopt the following three methods for examining the dynamics of contemporary India and its future prospects:

  1. To present a holistic understanding of contemporary India while paying sufficient attention to its diversity. For this purpose, we will integrate macro and micro perspectives as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  2. To understand the contemporary dynamics of India and its future prospects in their historical depth. We will establish a long-term perspective that links the past and the present, and will combine the disciplines of humanities and social sciences, as well as the methodologies of fieldwork and text analysis.
  3. To understand India and South Asia in their natural and human aspects. We aim to establish "integrated area studies" of India and South Asia which will analyze nature, ecology, history, culture, politics, economy and society as a whole by integrating the disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Ryukoku University's Center for the Study of Contemporary India (RINDAS), as a partner of this Network, aims to promote interdisciplinary interactions and cooperation, and to foster the next generation of researchers through their involvement in our research project.