A universal religion was silently emerging because of the globalised way of life, said Jagannatha Swami, Director of Centre for Cultural Studies.

Speaking on ‘Representative, critical and innovative views on philosophy of religions’ at the 88{+t}{+h}Indian Philosophical Congress in The Madura College, here on Sunday, he said religion and philosophy should stand away from each other. “The emergence of a universal religion has begun. It is happening not in an institutionalised or organised way, but in a silent way,” he said. Mr. Swami said the philosophy of religion had been ignored in the recent years because it was not considered to be modern. “It is an essential branch of philosophy. The link between philosophy and religion is missing. Peaceful coexistence and tolerance in the world is possible only when there is harmony between philosophy and religion,” he said.

K. Sampathkumar, Head, Department of Philosophy, Pachaiyappa’s College, said religion was mostly identified with rituals. “Religion has to be studied to develop a thought structure against human conflicts, communal clashes and religious issues,” he said.

Echoing the views of Mr. Swami, B.R. Shanthakumari, Head, Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University, said religion should not be mixed with politics for petty political gains. “Politics and religion is a bad combination. The Arthasasthra spoke against it,” she added.

R. Murali, Principal, The Madura College, was present.