Guha has been candid all through and the write up in view lives up to his understanding in fulness. As for Hindu mind, the long haul of the travails has added some bumps hear and there. In such a scenario, it was not unusual that misgivings of various sorts have often had erupted. Wrong understanding leading to wrong interpretation is thus as not unusual. Notwithstanding, the elephant is still vibrant. As for the PM and his cronies talks as such, they constitute half read people working with borrowed intellect much less intelligence.
The big problem here is the abdication of secular values among the people educated in the western tradition. Here I am speaking of the urban middle class, who send their kids to get educated in the western way; were themselves usually educated in the western tradition; but refuse to accept the secular and liberal traditions that gave rise to that knowledge in the first place.
I don't know what Modi said in Indian Parliament. I will have to take Mr.Guha's word that he warned India against "foreign destructive ideology". However, it was not the case when Modi addressed the joint session of the U.S. Congress. He remember him quoting from American Philosophers like Henry David Thoreau, and American poets like Walt Whitman. He invited Americans to engage with India more, not less. All his actions during his Prime Minister-ship aim to bring the U.S. closer to India not the opposite. Ironically, it is Nehru and his daughter Indira who distanced India from the U.S. and pushed Kissinger to make secret trip to China and dump India from it's diplomatic engagement.
Mr Guha, I fully agree with what you say. But please explain what happened in Kashmir in 1989-90, massacre of Hindus and exodus and the hypocracy of the people like you, who don't even want to talk about it. What you are seeing is a reaction of the Hindus, Modi is the reaction of Hindus for their survival so that another Kashmir doesn't happen in India, like Bengal, Kerala, Assam it's better people like you accept the reality and show some respect to the sentiments of the people of India, or else who knows what will happen to people like you.
Rituals and sense of superriority dominate the basic tenets of religion. Sad but a tragic thing to happen.
Glad there are still thinkers like Guha to show the powers-that-be drunk on one electoral victory after another about the stark reality.
Lot of words saying #Hindus need to accept all kinds of exploitation allures manipulations from other #Religions competing in #India
Any kind of resistance or assertion of identity is BAD EVIL
All social problems r self inflicted ONLY by HINDU
There are so many evil aspects especially caste-based that all external altercations are irrelevant. First all evils of Hinduism n it's society need to be eliminated before mentioning others from outside the religion or nation boundary
Matters like religious conversions, Gau hatya, taking over the Hindu temples by Government, systemic derogatory portrayal of Hindu thought are FAKE.
Accept everything until Hindus refine their systems to 100% as certified by Shri. Guha or other Liberals.
Why are we calling it as a "Hindu mind'. Dalits are also Hindus. Has the Indian mind changed or has their " Indianess" changed. In fact today leaders of all religious communities in India spew venom at each other. Social reformers do not exist. Only Social Engineering is the byword today
It is not hindu mind that has shrunk. It is the shrinking of some people purporting to be Hindus and think they are liberals whose minds have shrunk drastically
Attack on freedom by idevious means by a particular religion us an attack on free speech freedom etc. Has this person the guts, courage of a Hindu to challenge this thought of that religion. He then has no right to speak about a religion in which he is born but has no understanding or he is being devious in use of knowledge just because he is schooled in a particular thought and his mind has no freedom to think beyond that school of thought if so called lootyen liberal.
I am a hindu. A well aware one at that. You are wrong. It isn't that we the traditional hindus have become less tolerant but only that we have got fed up of lopsided views peddled by many prominent people. In case you haven't noticed, Bharata is awakening after a long slumber and India is taking a turn. In its usual ponderous manner. In case you so desire I can share specific details from the period you might consider as more tolerant.
The article cannot be given the scientific respect 'cause there seems to be a bias in it. Firstly Hinduism is the niat critical religion existing on this earth. That's what has made it vulnerable. Otherwise if there were beheadings in the name of the religion most would have got converted. That's how liberally they are brought up. Secondly your narrative considers mostly of individuals who either did not live the vagaries of Hinduism or in the other extreme have tried to change the flaws without being threatened by fatwas or blasphemy laws. That's proof enough of its openness.
Flaws remain everywhere. We should try and find gradual transformative ideas rather than try and cause more harm to the society by writhing like this. I have seen the village life closely, it's not as bad as it is portrayed. The so called OBC's mostly lived like forward caste. That leaves a very small bracket of labour sect which is dwindling every day. What helps them today is their own interest to work hard and take a call to occupy the vacancy made for them. Brahmin bashing is completely uncalled for. 'cause it was always the Kshatriya who enjoyed flamboyant life. Never a brahmin. Brahmin took upon himself to live a pious life which Guha can't even think of doing. The morals in larger consciousness of Hinduism were carried down the centuries by the Brahmins. One should not do a disservice to their sacrifices of worldliness. Few anecdotal exceptions should not tarnish rest.
It's ugly to live in the past , especially immediate past , as author is doing. That India has MMMM Mad Murder of Meritted by Majority by Reservation policy and Socialism is no consequence to him. He is blind to the tragedy as Merrited and Investors produce much more than they consume.
He is blind to the insane nature of Democracy. Even it's infancy it showed what a monster it was by Guillotine and France plunging into bankruptcy and European war. India's thryst with destiny started with the Genocide of Brahmins in Maharashtra post Gandhiji's assassination. Godse had renounced Brahminism and was just a nationalist of another kind. History of India is from one genocide to next - example 1984.
Democracy is fatally flawed. Right to vote is EARNED in company voting in the form of number of shares held, whereas, in Political voting right to vote is distributed freely
Very well said, but who is willing to listen .
"passion for racial justice expressed by reformers in America would act as a “noble example” for Indians who sought “the emancipation of their Shudra Brethren from the trammels of Brahmin thraldom" - a century and half later, where are we, be it India or US? Brief periods of positive steps and occasional emergence of truly great thinkers with a 'BIG' heart, have emerged during specific times in history. then it slides down again......