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Friday, July 6, 2007

Use another word to convey the meaning

Re: Hindutva by Rich on Thu 05 Jul 2007 12:08 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link
Dear YS, Although I applaud your re-visionist definition of the term Hinduvta and agree with how you construct the Sanatan Dharma espoused by Sri Aurobindo, my suggestion would be to use and advocate the use of another word to convey the meaning you wish.
The term Hinduvta is now so historically laden with ideological overtones and implications that defer to the radical policies of the Shiv Sena, the destruction of the Mosque in Ayodhya, ignoring the cries of the Muslim population in Gujarat when they were being slaughtered by Hindu Nationalist in the riots in 2002, the military occupation of Kashmir, the distorting of history text books to reflect their own ideological bias, that I fear even a wholisitic revisioning of the term (which includes ecological and integral spirituality) would fall on deaf ears. rich

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