the Future of
edited by Makarand Paranjape
Category: Development Studies / Spiritual Movements
Trade Hardback, 329 pages
On Sale: 2005
595 / US $29.95
Publisher: Samvad India Foundation
and Development the Future of Survival edited
by Makarand Paranjape is a book inspired by two contrary trends - the
‘failure’ of the development project, on the one hand, and, on the other,
the remarkable material improvement wrought by spiritual agencies,
especially in India. Why have religious organisations succeeded where
governments and non-governmental agencies have failed?
How is it that these
organisations, with minimal or no support
from the government or major international aid institutions, manage not only
to mobilise considerable resources from their own followers, but also from
the public at large? What is the ‘secret’ of their substantial
accomplishments and formidable competence? Why do volunteers dedicated to a
spiritual ideal work better than paid employees? What management strategies
do these spiritual institutions adopt? How do they spread their message,
recruit more followers or manage funds?
attempts to answer such questions. It is divided into two parts While the
first explains the premises of the projects, the second is a series of
case-studies examining the contribution of specific organisations.
Covering the works of such diverse organisations such as the Brahma Kumaris,
Chinmaya Mission, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Ramakrishna
Mission, Satya Sai Baba, Swaminarayans, the integral education movement in
Orissa and the Kerala fish workers, this pioneering book promises to open a
new area of research and inquiry. It is indispensable to anyone interested
in development and / or spirituality.