Why I Am a Hindu By : Shashi Tharoor

Why I Am a Hindu
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  • Author: Shashi Tharoor
    Publication Date: 25/01/2018
    Binding: Paperback
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In Why I Am a Hindu, one of India’s finest public
intellectuals gives us a profound book about one of the
world’s oldest and greatest religions. Starting with a close
examination of his own belief in Hinduism, he ranges far and
wide in his study of the faith. He talks about the Great Souls
of Hinduism, Adi Shankara, Patanjali, Ramanuja, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and many others who made major contributions to the essence of Hinduism. He delves
deep into Hinduism’s most important schools of thought (such as the Advaita Vedanta). He
explains, in easily accessible language, important aspects and concepts of Hindu philosophy
like the Purusharthas and Bhakti, masterfully summarizes the lessons of the Gita and
Vivekananda’s ecumenism and explores with sympathy the ‘Hinduism of habit’ practised by
ordinary believers. He looks at the myriad manifestations of political Hinduism in the modern
era, including violence committed in the name of the faith by right-wing organizations and
their adherents. He analyses Hindutva, explains its rise and dwells at length on the philosophy
of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, its most signifcant ideologue. He is unsparing in his criticism of
extremist ‘bhakts’ and unequivocal in his belief that everything that makes India a great and
distinctive culture and country will be imperilled if religious ‘fundamentalists’ are allowed to
take the upper hand. However, he also makes the point that it is precisely because Hindus
form the majority that India has survived as a plural, secular democracy.

Book Details

Number of Pages: 1395 Pages
Bar Code: 9789386021106
Publisher: Rupa & Co

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