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Not the time for self-flagellation : Francois Gautier

October 24, 2010 1:26:07 AM source: piooneer Francois Gautier
Hindus must seek pride in their religious identity and fight back those who are bent upon denigrating India’s civilisational history. The world owes a lot to Hinduism’s humanising influence


One remembers Sri Aurobindo’s famous Uttarpara speech: “That which we call the Hindu religion is really the eternal religion, because it is the universal religion which embraces all others.” One also can’t help noticing that the religion of Hindus is not in their heads, as it is for Christians — “I must pray, I must be good, I must not sin” — but it is rather something they live by: “Vasudhaiva kutumbakam — the whole world is my family”.

Today, though, Hinduism has become a dirty word in India and everyone wants to be dissociated from it, including many ‘secular Hindus’. Hindu terrorism is also being equated with Islamic terrorism, a wrong analogy if ever there was one, as Hindus have never invaded another country in the last 2,000 years an…