Saturday, June 20, 2009

We have borrowed it from Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Dayananda Saraswati

[Nationalism means India first without getting embarrassed or apologetic for our Hinduness. The situation demands a better solidarity and not further divisions. It requires an intellectual commitment to India as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo. We must prove ourselves worthy of it. Who falls if India rises? - The Right View - Tarun Vijay 20 May 2009 (The author is director of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation)]

[What is the “real” Hindutva? First, you must understand Hindutva is not something the RSS has created for us to be able to rethink it, change it, or remodel it. We have borrowed it from Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Dayananda Saraswati. This country has a particular identity which we describe as Hindutva — not just us, it has been described as such for millennia. We are trying to strengthen that identity.
But what is this “identity” everyone is supposed to bow to? It is very positive. Today, nations are looking for their true historical identity, which may have been camouflaged by other historical developments. People are writing about reinventing entire nations. In 2003, Samuel Huntington asked the question, “Who are We?” America is rethinking its identity as a nation: is it just a melting pot or is it more? Hindutva has been misunderstood. We want to remove these misconceptions. That’s why I am interacting with you.
What are these “misconceptions”? To project Hindutva as a narrow, fundamentalist ideology is misrepresentation. We welcome everybody.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesman Ram Madhav talks to SHOMA CHAUDHURY about some of these issues — WRITER’S EMAIL shoma@tehelka.com
From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 25, Dated Jun 27, 2009
'New-Age Gurus Are The New Form Of Hindutva' Tehelka - New Delhi, India]

Ram Madhav is oblivious of the fact that it is not easy to reconcile the views of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Dayananda Saraswati. Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism by Jyotirmaya Sharma is doing the trick, it seems. [TNM]

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