अनुसूचित जातियों और जनजातियों के लोग हिंदू क्यों नहीं?

मुझे लगता है कि श्री एम.के. गांधी इस अवसर पर कुछ हद तक सही थे। यह एक स्वागत योग्य दुष्प्रभाव हो सकता है, लेकिन अलग निर्वाचन क्षेत्र का यह उद्देश्य नहीं था । सितंबर 1932 में प्रधानमंत्री रामसे मैकडोनाल्ड को लिखे एक पत्र में गांधी ने लिखा, “पिछड़े वर्ग के लिए अलग निर्वाचन क्षेत्र की […]

What is the meaning of the word Hindu?

(IN HINDI- Origin of the term Hindu watch from 5min 15sec to 9min) Apologies for the video in Hindi. The speaker is a Brahmin scholar. I am deliberately avoiding referring to him as a Hindu. Reason for the video: It has some good references The term Hindu, short for Hindustani was first used by the Persians. To the Persians and the […]

QUESTION: What is Hinduism in just few words?

QUESTION:  What is Hinduism in just few words?? Answered by Shekhar Bodhakar   Hinduism = Jatism (Casteism) AND Jatism/Casteism = Hinduism (Jati is commonly but not precisely translated as caste). I am equating Hinduism with Jatism/casteism because: 1. If you ask ANY person who professes to follow Hinduism, whether they come from a family that has a jati identity […]

QUESTION: Why should Hindu Identity be given up?

QUESTION: Why should Hindu Identity be given up? Answered by Shekhar Bodhakar I suggest we should ban the word “Hindu” from our vocabulary altogether. Especially to MAKE A POINT to those SCs who identify themselves as Hindus, that no Indian is now a Hindu. All who were once Hindus of Hindustan are now called Indians of India […]

Brahmins and Brahminism – Can the two be separated?

This article is a reply to those sympathizers of Brahmins who at a subconscious level themselves follow Brahminism but give the impression that the two (Brahmins and Brahminism) can be separated. They seem to think that the followers of any ideology can continue having the same identity even after rejecting the said ideology. Christians/Muslims/Sikhs/Buddhist etc lose these identities if […]

Will Hinduism survive in India?

This article is from a series of questions answered by Shekhar Bodhakar The questioner is assuming that Hinduism is alive in India. The Hindu religion hasn’t even been born yet, let alone will it survive. Will it ever be born? There is no such religion called ‘the Hindu religion’. Nor did it ever exist. What people […]

What are the names of the six shastras of Hinduism?

The article is from a series of questions answered by Shekhar Bodhakar What makes think there are only six shastras of what was termed ‘Hinduism’ by the British in the early nineteenth century. ‘Hinduism’ was, what we cancall ‘Indianism’ today. It has nothing to do with religion as is commonly but falsely assumed. Shastras (instructions manuals), derived […]

Is Hinduism a religion or a way of life?

Is Hinduism a religion or a way of life? The way the question is phrased AND usually answered, implies that it is one or the other. IT’S NEITHER . What a ‘Hindu’ is and what ‘Hinduism’ isn’t. QUESTION: How do you explain someone that a pig is unlike any other bird? CORRECT RESPONSE: The answer doesn’t lie in how a […]

What is Hindutva?

Hindutva is a POLITICAL IDEOLOGY like any other. Eg Fascism , Communism, Dictatorship, Democracy, Anarchy, Capitalism, Socialism, Marxism etc, whose sole purpose is to transform India into a ‘Hindu’ pseudo-state leading to pure dictatorship, not by any individual but by the historically dominating classes, the so-called “High castes”. It is not a religious but a casteist ideology, though […]