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Disenchanting IndiaOrganized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India$
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Johannes Quack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.001.0001

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Impact of ANiS

Impact of ANiS

(p.266) (p.267) 16 Impact of ANiS
Disenchanting India

Johannes Quack

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the complex question of how the possible impact of ANiS could be assessed. It argues that an initial important effect of ANIS meetings and programmes is that on it's own members; this strengthens the movement internally. The degree to which the rationalists’ lectures and programmes impact upon their audience is difficult to assess but may not be that far-reaching. More important to consider are the immediate impacts of their legal activities, which would be heightened with the potential passing into law of the Anti-Superstition Bill. Finally, the question is raised as to what degree the general worldview, as well as the concrete activities of the rationalists, have a more subtle, mediate impact on wider society as part of larger processes of disenchantment and rationalisation.

Keywords:   impact, movement, programmes, audience, Anti-Superstition Bill, disenchantment, rationalisation

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