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Myth of Composite Cultures

Myth of Composite Cultures

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Mythsof Composite Culture
and
Equalityof Religions
Harsh Narain
VOICEOF INDIA
NEWDELHI
1
37
47
73
I.TheMythofCompositeCulture
II.India:
D ara I - J :I a r b
Of
Da r
aI-Islam?
HI.TheMythofUnityandEquality of
Religions
Index
CONT.ENTS
\u00a9Author
"May.1991
Printedby Suman Printersand Stationers. 1/9346-B. West
R e h ta s
Nagar, Shahdara, Delhi-110032and publishedby Voiceof India
2/18Ansari Road, New Delhi-lIO 002.
Chapter 1
THEMYTHOFCOMPOSITEINDIANCULTURE
During the early phasesof modernIndianrenaissance,it
wasthe
V e d ic -U p a n ii? a d ic

phaseofIndian culturewhich was accorded the prideofplace in describing and evaluatingIndian culture. Later, it came to be rivalled by what theatheistsand the materialists, the agnosticsand therationalists, and

tl,le
humanists and the modernists combinedto callanti-
V
e
d
i
c
~
U
p a n ii? a d ic
culture fatheredby
C arvaka

and the Buddha. Lastly, during the struggle for India's independence thr.ough non-coop6ratioDandcivil disobedience against theBritish,\ue000 coupled with panderingtothe so-called mmorities' freaks

o f
fancy culminating first in the
K h iliiJat
movement andthen in
the vivisectionofthis country,
a
veritablecommunalizationof
Indian politics set in, camouflagedas 'secularism', leadingtoan
exaggeratedfancyon the secularists'part for India'sMuslim'
pastandthereby for the so-called composite,Hindu-Muslim
cultule.
The
s t:a te d
or unstated postulatesof 'secular'reason
I n
th e
presentcontextare:
1.ThatIndian cultureis a composite culture.
2.Thatthecomposite cultureis pre-eminently the culture
supervenient uponthe minglingof theHindu andMus lim
cultural streams.
3.That
th e
Hindusshould be thankfultothe Muslimsfor
the latter's contributiontothe composite culture.
4.Thatit is this phaseof Indian culture whichisofpara\ue000
mOllnt importanceas conduciveto communal harmonyand
national integration.
Thatsuch a compositionof cultures
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a
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s
g e s ira b le.

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