• PATRICK GNANAPRAGASAM Prof. PhD.University of Madras (India)



Indian Christianity, identity, minority.


Indian Christianity has been an interactive community, living out its faith and traditions in  an  ambience  of  spontaneity.   It  implied  moments  and  dynamics  of  acceptance, rejections,   hesitations,   and   criticism  from  the   outside   others,   even  while   Indian Christianity itself involved in dynamics of exclusions and inclusions towards others.  All these  religio-cultural  dynamics  took  place in a vein of spontaneity,  interactivity,  and creativity. However, in the recent past, it has been made to become self-conscious of its identity as the majority’s ‘other’ through a process of ‘minority framing’. From being an ancient religious community, which went about its life and activities in an ambience of freedom,  the  Indian  Christian  community  is  now  made  to  become  a  ‘communally conscious  minority’,  concerned  about  its  vulnerable  communal  identity.  This  essay narrates the contours of the changes.


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