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INDIA’S NEW INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS
IDENTITY AND ARYA SAMAJ
A TALE OF TWO TEMPLES
HOW HINDUISM IS DIFFERENT
ARYA SAMAJ, GURUKULS AND DEEKSHANAND
SANCTIFYING A HOUSE
ENLIGHTENMENT WITH/OUT RELIGION
GAYATRI-THON AND SOUND THERAPY
GAYATRI MEANS EMANCIPATOR
A LOOK-BACK AT GAYATRI-THON
RAGE OF KALAWA: A CHEAPO AMULET
II. SOCIO—POLITICO OF HINDUISM
SATI, SAMADHI & SELF-REALIZATION
CHANGED DEMOGRAPHY OF KASHMIR
ADVENT OF CHRISTIANITY IN INDIA
ON A HISTORIC GURDWARA
MASSACRE OF NEPALESE HINDUS
AYODHYA TEMPLE AND THE HINDUS
A QUESTION BEGGING ANSWERS
A UNITY IN DIVERSITY SCENARIO
MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND RELIGIONS
RAJPUT FIRST—HINDU SECOND
III. HINDUISM— EDUCATIONALS
EDUCATION: DETERMINANT OF A RELIGION
A SIGN OF CASTE RE-STRUCTURING
NEW KARVA CHOUTH CELEBRATION
HAVING SADHU AS HOUSEGUEST
SANSKRIT AND HINDU MARRIAGE
ENCOUNTERS WITH RAMADAN & QURAN
DISSEMINATION OF IDEAS & RELIGIONS
A DILEMMA OF WOMEN AND HINDU MALES
A FOUNDATION OF HINDU VIEW OF SEX
USHA SHARMA: A HINDU PREACHER
SANATAN MEANS NOT-ETERNAL!
IV. HINDUISM— MISCELLANY
GRASSROOTS OF INDIA’S SECULARISM
ON THE MEANINGS IN SCRIPTURES
ARYA SAMAJ: CHAMPION OF WIDOWS
ENCOUNTERS WITH ISLAMIC IDENTITY
ON HINDU FAMILY VALUES
WHAT A BIG DEAL IN NAMING!
A MONK AS HOUSE GUEST
WHEN ‘UP’ AND ‘DOWN’ ARE SAME
A VANPRASTHANI IN OUR HOMES
A NEW BABA IN LAS VEGAS!
INSPIRED BY GURDWARA LANGAR
IT IS ALL IN THE NAME
SHRADDHA BHOJ DEFINES IT!
HARISH CHANDRA IN LAS VEGAS
STRUCTURED PRAYER AND RESEARCH
HAVAN KUNDS FOR MODERN HOMES
COMMENTATORS AND ANALYSTS EXTRAORDINAIRE
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MY HINDU FAITH AND PERISCOPE

MY HINDU FAITH AND PERISCOPE

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Every author believes that his or her book is meant for everyone. In this respect, however, I am the biggest beneficiary. In the process of writing these reflections for over ten years, and lately compiling and editing them, I have finally understood my faith deeply. Consequently, confidence that I lacked about Hinduism during my adult years has been replaced with pride in graying years!

At times, it has taken me to such a height that in a few reflections, I have propounded a thesis that India will be a true secular country only when it will be constitutionally a Hindu state. The practice of secularism in India since 1947 has been reduced to anti-Hinduism and Hindu bashing—paradoxically more so by Hindus than by non-Hindus. It is making India porous for attacks by the terrorists, who are both homegrown and foreign-based. History is repeating itself!

The Hindus remain totally divided in half a dozen political parties. A sterling lesson of India’s history is that traders, preachers, and persecuted humanity of every foreign faith were permitted, sheltered, and welcomed by the Hindu kings whose kingdoms stretched from the coasts of Malabar in Kerala to Kuchh in Gujarat to Karachi in Sindh—starting more than one thousand years ago. Doesn’t it make pristine Hinduism akin to humanism? What an incredible journey of this realization to dawn after nearly six decades!
Every author believes that his or her book is meant for everyone. In this respect, however, I am the biggest beneficiary. In the process of writing these reflections for over ten years, and lately compiling and editing them, I have finally understood my faith deeply. Consequently, confidence that I lacked about Hinduism during my adult years has been replaced with pride in graying years!

At times, it has taken me to such a height that in a few reflections, I have propounded a thesis that India will be a true secular country only when it will be constitutionally a Hindu state. The practice of secularism in India since 1947 has been reduced to anti-Hinduism and Hindu bashing—paradoxically more so by Hindus than by non-Hindus. It is making India porous for attacks by the terrorists, who are both homegrown and foreign-based. History is repeating itself!

The Hindus remain totally divided in half a dozen political parties. A sterling lesson of India’s history is that traders, preachers, and persecuted humanity of every foreign faith were permitted, sheltered, and welcomed by the Hindu kings whose kingdoms stretched from the coasts of Malabar in Kerala to Kuchh in Gujarat to Karachi in Sindh—starting more than one thousand years ago. Doesn’t it make pristine Hinduism akin to humanism? What an incredible journey of this realization to dawn after nearly six decades!

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