Sunday, November 21, 2004
Will Hindus ever rise?
Hindus have ceased to react as Hindus. Yet, Hindus have not ceased to believe and conduct themselves as Hindus in their private lives. It is just that they have abdicated the public space to secularists and organised minorities.
It is an abdication that has happened by default. The claimants to the Hindu public space have erroneously focussed on the traditional institutions of the faith.
It is these sects, headed by the charismatic individuals who we see on the Astha channel and on God TV, who are keeping popular Hinduism alive. To be effective, Hindu politics has to connect with this evangelical Hindu energy.
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