By Vamsee Juluri
By boldly demanding a number of the media age's most well liked ideals approximately nature, heritage, and pre-history in addition to the Hinduphobes' traditional myths approximately Aryans, invasions, and blood-sacrifices, Rearming Hinduism hyperlinks Hinduphobia and its hubris to a predatory and self-destructive tradition that maybe just a renewed Hindu sensibility can successfully oppose. it's a name to determine the current in a manner that elevates our desa and kala to the beliefs of the sanathana dharma once more.
"For a civilization is not only structures and machines, yet its humans, their proposal, and their culture. it's a method of figuring out the area, a manner of giving that means and cost to the contents of lifestyles. it's a source, such a lot of all, for residing intelligently."
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The truth though is that we Hindus, unfortunately, are typically too above such nonsense to be bothered, or too busy making money to be bothered too. But in either case, this is not something that can be ignored much longer. There is at the moment a very powerful, sustained, and unrelenting cultural and intellectual attack on Hinduism in the media and in the academy. This is not the same thing as saying there is a worldwide Islamic and Christian conspiracy against Hinduism. We do say that though, but that remark loses sight of the friendship we enjoy with many Muslims and Christians and others, and it also forgets that this attack also increasingly comes not from devout Muslims and Christians but from sceptics angry at their own traditions and projecting that anger inappropriately onto ours (as for our own sceptics, we must recognize their valid points, but also encourage them to not get stuck in scepticism; when scepticism becomes the new orthodoxy, then we must be sceptical of that too).
The Hindus were invaders of India. These bizarre ideas are a short, but by no means unrepresentative summary of current academic, literary, and journalistic understanding of Hinduism and Hindu history. Naturally, any Hindu with half a brain--as the saying goes--realizes this is not right. And any Hindu with half a decent dial-up speed takes his angst to the internet. We hit out at the proponents of these theories with the limited time, vocabulary, and knowledge, and of course, media access that we have.
As an academic, and one who was trained in critical and postcolonial media and cultural studies, I understand, despite its jargon and jarring humour, and not without empathy, the intentions of Doniger's book. I will however, show that this book does not live up to its own stated intentions either, and is merely a part of a massive, pernicious, and un-examined ideology prevalent in academia today. My concern in Rearming Hinduism is with this ideology, and not necessarily with asserting another history of Hinduism.