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stand being marginalized. They have to show that it is Hinduism which is borrowing ideas originating in America and the West. The arguments pronounced by the new enemies of Hinduism are funny beyond imagination. NRIs (Non-Rational Imperialists) of the United States There is this character called Van der Veer (is the word ‘Veer’ stolen from Sanskrit which gives it the meaning of ‘hero’?) who is described as “among the most insistent of the scholars who claim that Hinduism was created for sinister political motives”. Veer is reported to have said that the construction of a ‘Unified Hindu identity’ is of utmost importance for Hindus who live outside India because they need ‘a Hinduism that can be explained to outsiders as a respectable religion’. These Hindus are known as NRIs -Non Resident Indians; but then in the United States is born another purely local sect that could also be called as NRIs (Non-Rational Imperialists). Sadly Van der Veer and his ilk, many of whom are quoted, belong to it. Hindu Dharma will survive the “mainstream American Intellectuals” and their hate-filled thoughts Malhotra has done his job in explaining Hinduism remarkably well. Sadly he noted that “it is unfortunate that Hindu and Buddhist ideas are routinely attributed to Western sources be they Hellenistic, early Christian or modern”. The Veers of US today obviously do not know that in his youth Jesus was in India where he reportedly spent a few years, no doubt imbibing Hindu thought. Malhotra makes it plain that the prophets of Abrahamic religions cannot be equated with the rishis of dharmic tradition nor is the Bible being a Smriti text be equated with the Vedas which are sruti. Malhotra has done a brilliant job in putting the west in its place, that of an imitator. But let this be said too: Hinduism is the most ancient of all religions; it has no Pope or Moulavi to lay down fatwas. It has withstood terrorism of all sorts and has survived over ten thousand years and will also survive the “mainstream American intellectuals” with their hate-filled thoughts on Hinduism, for another ten thousand years, because of its sheer intellectual and spiritual power that remains unsurpassed. For making that clear Malhotra deserves full praise.

-- M. V KAMATH (Hon. Director, Manipal Institute of Communication (A Constituent Institute of Manipal University), Press Corner, Manipal-576 104, Karnataka, India, www.manipal.edu/mic)

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“Hindu Dharma will Survive the ‘Mainstream American Intellectuals’ and Their Hate Filled Thoughts”  

“...Hinduism is the most ancient of all religions; it has no Pope or Moulavi to lay down fatwas. It has withstood terrorism of all sorts and...

“Hindu Dharma will Survive the ‘Mainstream American Intellectuals’ and Their Hate Filled Thoughts”  

“...Hinduism is the most ancient of all religions; it has no Pope or Moulavi to lay down fatwas. It has withstood terrorism of all sorts and...

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