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On Hinduism: reviews and reflections, foreword by David Frawley
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Author : Ram Swarup (1920-1998)
Pages : xxviii,232p., ind., 23cm.
Year : 2000
ISBN : 9788185990620, 818599062X
Publisher : Voice of India
Place : New Delhi
Binding : Paperback
Price (Airmail) : INR 271.00
About the book:

There are two major groups of religions in the world today. First are the conversion-based monotheistic creeds of Christianity and Islam. Second are the pluralistic dharmic traditions of India, of which Hinduism is the oldest and the largest. Chinese Taoism and Japanese Shinto have an affinity with dharmic traditions. So also the indigenous religious traditions of pre-Christian Europeans, pre-Islamic West Asians, Native Americans, Africans, Australians, and Pacific Islanders which are re-awakening, particularly in Europe and the Americas and Africa. As the world has now moved out of colonial domination by monotheistic creeds, a new respect for dharmic traditions is arising everywhere. At the same time, dharmic traditions are beginning to speak against missionary aggression of Christianity and Islam. But the missionary aggression continues unabated. In fact, the aggression has become more determined and mobilized larger resources in money as well as manpower than ever before. It is this scenario that makes the work of Ram Swarup (1920-1998) so significant. He has understood the current world situation, the dangers to Hinduism, the value of to differences of time and clime. But all languages of imperialism have shared certain characteristics in common. The language of Leftism passes this test quite creditably. The most significant contribution made to India's politics and public life by the language of Leftism is character assassination. Most of the time, the Leftists are poor in facts and logic but prolific in foul language. It has opened the floodgates for all sorts of questionable characters to come forward and occupy the front seats on the public stage. The full harvest of the seeds sown in the years before independence has been reaped in the post-independence period when politics and public life have become progressively a safe haven for all sorts of scoundrels masquerading as servants of the people. The prevalent political parlance will paralyse this country completely unless it is replaced by the language of Indian Nationalism. It has already transformed all sorts of traitors into patriots, and all sorts of parasites into public servants. It provides a smoke-screen behind which several types of imperialism-Islamic, Christian, Communist, and Consumerist-are stealing a march. The language of Indian Nationalism has not to be invented or synthesised from a floating mass of syllables. On the contrary, this country has known the language of Nationalism since times immemorial. This language was evolved and developed and perfected in the past by a long line of seers, sages, saints, and scholars. All our immortal literature-particularly the Veda-Vedanga, the Mahabharata, the Puran as and the Dharmasastras - was written in this language, India had spoken in this language to the rest of the world in her days of greatness and glory. This language has sustained the spiritual, cultural, social and political life of India through many stormy centuries. Sanatana Dharma has a universal face. It has been developed more fully in India than anywhere else. Moreover, in Sanatana Dharma, nationalism and internationalism are not opposed; they are two necessary expressions of the same truth. Islam, Christianity and Communism are not only denationalising but also dehumanising. Their internationalism is counterfeit, and another name for subjugation to this or that imperialist metropolis. Indian Nationalism rejects them totally and outright.
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