Migration has become an inconceivable complex phenomenon in our times today. It has
become an issue of great concern both globally and locally as there is rising tension
among the nations, regions and communities due to surge in migrant population caused by
various pathetic and lucrative push and pull factors. This book makes a concerted effort
to read the phenomenon of migration and address the challenges of it in multi-dimensional
perspectives, especially from the margins.
The book answers the pertinent question such as, "Is migration in itself an
issue?"; "Is it mere demographic or regional concern?"; "Is it mere
economic and political concern or is it cultural and religious concern too?";
"Is it not the issue of humanity, human identity, dignity and human rights?";
And so, "is it not ultimately a theological concern?". While answering such
questions, the book explores and highlight both the positive dimensions as well as the
challenges. The book as an academic endeavour certainly will provide a conceptual tools
and epistemological resource to the wider academic world about the huge challenge of
theological reflection ahead, and the practical action awaited from the policy makers,
civil society and the Church as a whole.
I. Overview on Phenomenon of Migration
1. Labour Migration in India : Issues and Concerns / Bernard D' Sami
2. Free Market Economy and Labour Migration : The Dynamics of Manipulation and
Exploitation / Livingstone Arputharaj
II. Migration in Perspectives
3. Migration Motif in the Ancestral Narratives / Nagaiyasamy N.S. Samuel
4. Justice for the Get (`rj') in the OT Traditions against the Exilic Context / S.
5. Strangers and Aliens in 1 Peter : Towards Constructing a Symbiotic Community / K.
6. Challenges from the Migrants to the Church-in-Mission / K. David Udayakumar
7. Is God Still the Refuge for Refugees : An Interfaith Perspective / J.M.P. Thomas
8. Immigrants or Inhabitants : A Search for Identity from the Margins / Anthony
9. Migration in Gender Perspective / W.S. Annie
10. Migration from North East Indian Perspective / Walotemjen
III. Towards Theology of Migration
11. Migration : Exploring a `We Communion Theology' / J. Daniel Kirubaraj
12. Discerning the Signs of the Times : Towards a Theology of Migration / N. G. Prasuna
Rev. Dr. Songram Basumatary, Editor of the book, is an ordained
minister of the Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (NELC), who hails from Assam, India.
Currently, he is the Professor and Head of the Department of Theology & Ethics at
Gurukul Lutheran Theological College & Research Institute, Chennai. He also serves as
the Dean of the Post Graduate Studies, and the Convenor of the Gurukul Summer Institute.
He has written a wide varieties of articles which are published in reputed Indian journals
and edited books. He is the author of the book - `Ethnicity and Tribal Theology: Problem
and Prospect for Peaceful Co-existence in North East India' (2014) published by Peter
Lang; and the editor of the book - `Transforming Reformation: Reformation in Perspectives'
(2017) published by CWI.