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Being Different : An Indian Challenge To Western Universalism Paperback – 30 May 2013
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- ASIN : 9351160505
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 2013th edition (30 May 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 488 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789351160502
- ISBN-13 : 978-9351160502
- Item Weight : 524 g
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 3.81 x 22.23 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We must stop saying that all religions are equal. In fact, they are not.
Dharmic traditions and abrahamic traditions are very different from each other.
Definition of salvation is different. Meaning of god is different in both of these traditions.
Thus, they are different.
I like the idea that we Indians are suffering from inferiority complex. We are shaming our traditions, while we should not.
West promotes their traditions from superiority complex.
I also liked the idea of mutual respect. That is we need a culture where all religions accepts other religions are true.
A must read for every debator and understand why we are different, and why difference must exits always.
Book gives detailed explanation on why things are the way they are in India. Before reading this book I had many questions in Mind such as Why these people are so dedicated to conversion and why do they defame Hinduism and Indian culture so much, and I also understood the basic differences between Dharmic and Adharmic way of lives. All I want to say is I got a clear picture of today's so called intellectual world.
West claims to be the "universal culture" judges every other non-Western culture by that gold standard and classifies them as backward, who have to be civilized by the West. On the other hand, the writer shows, the pre-modern western culture was totally at logger heads with science, especially the church. Now, the west which includes Church and rest of the western culture tries to reposition itself as "The Remedy" for the rest of the world's ailments.
But, these cultures have given the world only strife and misery in the form of slavery, colonalism, capitalism, communism and the like. On the other hand, the culture of India, which is based on Dharma has never been aggressive in its interactions with the cultures of other countries such as south-eastern countries, central Asia, west and so on.
Due to British colonialism, English education and distorted history taught to us by leftist historians, we Indians are unable to look at ourselves from our own view point. We are also unable to look at the West from our view point. On the other hand, we look at ourselves from the perspective of the West. This book not only shows us how to look at our past from our own perspective, but also how to critically examine the Western narrative both on itself and on India. INDIA IS DIFFERENT. IT MUST REMAIN IT'S TRUE SELF AND NOT BECOME A COPY OF THE WEST. That is the message of the book.
This is a book every Hindu must read. Before reading this book, I had watched Rajiv SIr video and thought why he is not for ALL GOD IS ONE narrative, all religion is same .I thought that was secularism. I though Rajiv Sir was not for UNITY. But after reading this book, my whole perception has changed. I think I should read more of his works.
The first day I read it, I was not able to sleep. Some times facts are not easy to digest. Like many thing we take for granted. Somehow this should reach teenagers and they should feel proud for being an HINDU. But India being secular we can't bring it in CURRICULUM. Atleast in Tamilnadu
Thank You So Much Sir
'Being Different' is the law of Nature & we should celebrate diversity rather than being apologetic about expressing our Dharmic ideologies Just to comply to the forced fed gimmick such as Secularism..