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The Hindu Soul In Search Of Its Body

Contrary to what the Left insinuates, Hinduism can't exist sans Hindutva, says Balbir K. Punj

The Hindu Soul In Search Of Its Body The Hindu Soul In Search Of Its Body

Crisis in Hinduism (Outlook, July 8) repeats the cliches and half-truths usually used by the Indian Left to tar the Sangh parivar. What's surprising is that it was written not by a Communist campaigner, but by a senior staffer of this prestigious weekly. The writer also seemed to have disregarded the elementary journalistic principle of presenting both ends of the argument. The article, with assistance from some well-known and not-so-well-known Sangh-baiters and their misleading remarks, condemns the Hindutva forces. Needless to say, it doesn't contain any counter-argument or comment from the Sangh leadership.

That the piece was prejudiced was obvious right from the start. It referred to We or Our Nationhood, allegedly authored by Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar in 1939. The book has been the Left's favourite weapon, whenever it has sought to malign the Sangh and the BJP. It conveniently ignores the fact that it was not Guru Golwalkar's original work but a free English rendering by G.D. Savarkar of his original Marathi tract Rashtra Mimansa (Discourse on Nation). In any case, Guru Golwalkar later distanced himself from this radical work, a product of his formative days in the RSS.

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