Author: Koenraad ElstPublisher: Aditya PrakashanYear: 2012Language: EnglishPages: 518ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788177421248
The Argumentative Hindu is the person who rejects the imposed “secularist” consensus. The author, Dr. Koenraad Else, is a non-affiliated Orientalist who sympathizes with this Hindu dissenter. But he also made himself some enemies, not only among the secularists but also among the very Hindus whose cause he champions.In this book, the author defends himself against their criticism and more importantly, the late mentors from whom he got his view of Hinduism and of the challenges to its survival: Ram Swarup and Sita Ram Goel. He also makes some new suggestions to his Hindu friends, on how to be more effective and how to remedy existing errors.Today, illiteracy about Hinduism among Hindus, the limitations of their knowledge to a very small part of their heritage, is the most consequential weakness in the struggle for survival. Stunted ideological development and an anachronistic worldview are serious obstacles to be tackled if every a genuine reaffirmation of Hindu civilization is to win through.
ContentsIntroduction: the real Hindu, or ideological decolonization1. Reviews2. Humour in Hinduism3. A dubious quotation, a controversial reputation: the merits of Lord Macaulay4. Karma5. Internet discussions6. Hindus and history7. The decline of the Sangh Parivar8. Secularism9. Discrimination against Hindus in India’s constitution10. Ramachandra Guha11. Racism among Hindus?12. Censorship and the Academy13. Meera Nanda against Hinduism and its friends14. The case for orientalism15. Ayodhya’s three history debates16. Hindu survival: what is to be doneIndex