Culture and Religion is an important work that makes philosophical clarifications on the concepts of `culture` and `religion`. The author`s experiences as a teacher of philosophy and his scholastic interests combine well in the work. " As a young man living in the present significant transitional milieu of the Khasi tribal society of Meghalaya, Basil`s point of view and arguments. Culture and Religion is an attempt at rethinking this trend. The book raises two fundamental questions regarding the relation between culture and religion : (i) is religion central to a culture? and (ii) can a culture abandon its core religion in preference for another or none at all?
Basil Pohlong studied in the beautiful hill town of Shillong, Meghalaya. He reecieved his graduate and post-graduate degrees from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, in 1989 and 1992 respectively. Since then he has been a teacher of philosophy at the graduate level, first in Government College, Tura, Meghalaya and since 1995 in Kiang Nangbah Government College, Jowai, Meghalaya. He completed his Ph.D in 2003 under the able guidence of Prof. (Mrs) Sujata Miri, who has been involved in rigorous philosophical research into culture,especially in relation to the tribes of North East India in the past three decades.