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Hindu Sanskriti

Booklet : Hindu Sanskriti (Hindu Culture)
Author : Rakesh Nath
Publisher : Vishwa Books, New Delhi
First Edition : 2005
Price : Rs. 45/- only
Pages : 143

Consisting of sixteen small chapters, the booklet focuses on various dimensions of Hinduism, its riddles, intolerance, contradictions, gender discrimination and opposition of Hindu code bill and divorce, etc. The word ‘Hindu’ itself has no singular meaning as different Hindu organizations have defined it in their own ways. Hinduism, as in practice, is a religion marked by untouchability, hierarchy and superstitions. It believes in miracles but is also attracted by western foreign culture. Its occultism, pantheism, devotion, etc. is shrouded in absurdities. On one side, we preach yoga and sadhana (spiritual praxis), on the other hand, it honours worship discriminatory and exploitative aimed at accumulating more and more wealth for opulence of the few. Its intolerance is exhibited in its attitude and reactions against Buddhism and Jainism that were destroyed by it through uncouth strategies. Females compulsively lead a stifling life. Hindu Code Bill tried to improve their condition but it was nipped in the bud. If passed by all state assemblies and the Parliament, Hinduism could have reached new heights. If dalits are leaving the Hindu fold it is on account of Hinduism’s stubborn refusal to move with the ethos of changing times.

 

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