Lethargic IITian
Musings of a 20-something lethargic IITian on India and Catholicism.

Monday, May 13, 2002  

We IITians are having a massive debate on our local newsgroup about the definition of the word Hindu. If you remember Chetan Vaity's definition:

A Hindu is, by definition, a person born and brought up in Bharat. A person who identifies with its history. A person who looks at this as his motherland and takes pride in its culture. A person who shares his destiny with a billion people of the subcontinent.

Of course, this is not the common definition - which is simply a follower of the religion denoted by the Vedas.

The problem with right-wing politics is that they do the following:

Use Definition #1 and show that:

Indians = Hindus

Now, use definition #2 to show that:

not Hindus = not Indians

See where the hate campaign begins?

posted by Kensy | 9:12 AM
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Hinduism as a religion
Pederasty and the American Church
Caste in Indian Christianity
Syro-Malabar engagements
Syro-Malabar weddings
Divine Retreat Centre
Varsha Bhosle and Ideological Relativism
Anti-Conversion Ordinance and the Church stance
Self-Righteous Rightism
The Hindutva Attack on St. Francis Xavier
Varsha Bhosle and the Church (U-turn)
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