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jeudi, 27 août 2020

Hinduism and the Culture Wars

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Hinduism and the Culture Wars

Koenraad Elst

#IndicTalks

 
 
In this introduction of his brilliant new book, Koenraad Elst talks about 'Hinduism and the Culture Wars'. Culture Wars are a common phenomenon in the West, where tradition represented often by the religious orthodoxy and the old establishment resists every new change that is being brought about in the society, even the necessary changes. The Old Guard, guided by religion, in this context, acts as the automatic resistance to anything new. That is the reason that Evolution and Abortion are still raging debates in the West, even in countries like the United States of America. This is because, the Prophetic Monotheism prevalent in the West and most of the world except India and China, resists change and ossifies time.
 
On the other hand is a pagan and polytheistic culture like Hinduism, where culture wars are hardly seen. Hindu society accepts necessary change because its guiding dharmic system of Sanatana Dharma has inbuilt mechanisms of social change. It keeps incorporating progressive ideas and necessary changes along with conserving the core civilizational beliefs. Listen to this brilliant Talk to know how unique India's dharmic way of life is and how it takes the middle path between tradition and change.
 
 
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Ram Swarup And Sita Ram Goel: Their Importance For Hindu Thought

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Ram Swarup And Sita Ram Goel: Their Importance For Hindu Thought

Koenraad Elst 

Voice Of India

 
Shri Ram Swarup and Shri Sita Ram Goel always emphasized that the religion is the problem, not its followers. To talk about Muslims without implying Islam, is irrelevant. The essence of Islam is simply what is laid out in the Qur’an and the Hadith, i.e. Mohammed’s beliefs and conduct. Shri Ram Swarup and Shri Sita Ram Goel will be remembered by Hindus in India and around the world for a long time. For most of the last half of the twentieth century, they produced hundreds of books, articles and pamphlets praising the glories of Hinduism while warning of its most malicious foes.
 
 
About Speaker:
- Dr. Koenraad Elst was born in Leuven, Belgium, on 7 August 1959, into a Flemish (i.e. Dutch-speaking Belgian) Catholic family. He graduated in Philosophy, Chinese Studies and Indo-Iranian Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven. During a stay at the Benares Hindu University, he discovered India's communal problem and wrote his first book about the budding Ayodhya conflict. While establishing himself as a columnist for a number of Belgian and Indian papers, he frequently returned to India to study various aspects of its ethno-religio-political configuration and interview Hindu and other leaders and thinkers. His research on the ideological development of Hindu revivalism earned him his Ph.D. in Leuven in 1998. He has also published about multiculturalism, language policy issues, ancient Chinese history and philosophy, comparative religion, and the Aryan invasion debate.
 

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