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Page last edited on 13 April, 2003

Hinduism vs. Hindutva

By P.R. Ram. This extract is from chapter 3 ('Hindutva Movement') of the book 'Fascism of the Sangh Parivar' published by EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), 1999.

Hinduism

Hindutva

1. A collation of multiple traditions: Brahminism - Shramanism Tantra, Kabir and Tukaram, etc 1. Politics of Hindu Elite, drawing from Brahminical Hinduism
2. Brahminism: Caste sytem, the Dominant ethos 2. Brew of Brahminical Hinduism and Nationalism
3. Brahminism projected as the Hinduism initially in 6-10 century, then in early 19th century, Brahminical Hinduism projected to be synonymous with Hinduism. 3. Aims at Hindu Rashtra (Nation) based on Brahminical Hinduism
4. Shramanic traditions: Constant rebellion: attempt to escape the clutches of Brahminism: Conversion to Buddhism (early times And now after the lead given by Ambedkar). 

Vivekananda said: Why amongst the poor are so many Mohammedans..., to Escape the tyranny of the Zamindar and the priests.

4. Led initially by Brahmins: Banias: even now dominant Leadership From upper castes.
5. 'Dharma' (Religion) is a mix of Humanism and caste based religious duties. 5. Political expression through sangh parivar now, earlier Hindu mahasabha and RSS.
6. Semitisation process being spearheaded by SP Holy deity: Ram, Holy Book: Gita, clergy: Shankaracharyas, etc/ 6. A mix of fundamentalism and Fasicm (see table)
7. Its proponents claim it to be tolerant and catholic. cf: earlier it's attitude to shudras, cf: Now its attitude to muslims. 7. VHP bring in the stink of fundamentalism in the essentially fascist politics of RSS, BJP and Bajrangdal.

Note: VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad - World Hindu Council), BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party - India's Peoples Party), Bajrangdal, etc are wings of the Sangh Parivar (Family of Organisations), the parent organisation being RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak sangh - National Volunteer Organisation).


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