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Western (mis)portrayal Of Indic Civilization
This is a list of Bookmarks pertinent to the above topic. Only articles with lasting value should be selected. This is of course subjective but is essential to avoid becoming inundated with secondary issues.

Typical of such bookmarks is the continuing work of Rajiv Malhotra, e,g,



I consider these essays to be pathbreaking and seminal in content and are a must read for every indian who is (should) be interested in these matters.

To those who wonder whether this is all happenstance, I ask what is the probability of such a consistent attack among universities and the press.

Here is a representative passage from the more recent essay in reply to the column in WP

<i>Hinduism and Stockholm Syndrome</i>:

<span style='color:red'>Hinduism is squeezed both from the American right and from the Indian and American left. The right backs the Christian fundamentalist goals of converting India and targets Hinduism as the last remaining and most resilient bastion of pagan culture in the world. The intelligentsia of the left is more complex and diverse in its reasons for the thoroughgoing bias against Hinduism and Hindus: (i) there is a holdover from an era of allegiance to pro-Communist movements; (ii) there are fifth-column opportunist double agents; (iii) there is a fundamental discomfort due to misunderstandings that Hinduism runs counter to modernity; and (iv) there are social stigmas that article's such as the Post's promulgate. </span>

The net effect of this is that many Hindus are intimidated into accepting every insult that is hurled at them, for fear of being subjected to further harassment. This may be viewed as a sort of societal Stockholm Syndrome. The case for Hinduphobia as an instance of societal Stockholm Syndrome is supported by the following facts:

1) Most Hindus deny the existence of Hinduphobia, and many interpret the episodes that are pointed out as positive markers of their tolerance. Since many NRIs feel lucky to be able to enjoy lifestyles which their parents lacked, they do not wish to rock the boat. Hence, they prefer to hide their Hindu shame behind complicity or outright support of Hinduphobia.
2) The lack of available research materials on Hinduphobia, as contrasted with Islamophobia (even before September 11, 2001) and on other kinds of xenophobia, indicates disinterest or even suppression of the phenomena on the part of the academic scholars entrusted with Hinduism Studies. This could partially be guilt or fear that the scholars might be responsible for their complicity.

3) The few individuals, such as myself, who do speak up and point out instances of Hinduphobia get fiercely attacked by the academic establishment, especially if they locate the causes in the intellectual discourse.

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>In this regard, Hindus are very different from all other American minority groups. The overwhelming majority of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, blacks, gays, Hispanics, etc., publicly claim their identities with pride and they protest when falsely stereotyped. In doing so, these other groups enhance America as a powerful multicultural society, a responsibility that Indians have yet to understand because of the vast differences between the nature of Indian and American approaches to secularism: While Americans publicly celebrate their many distinct religious identities, Indians were raised after independence to fear distinctions based on religion, seeing distinction as a cause of conflict because such conflicts were exploited by the colonial masters.</span>
Koenrad Elst's website

Koenrad Elst on AIT

On Ayodhya

On Contemporary Politics

and a lot more.

I could not agree more with your assesment. I constantly share this one thought with my Hindu American friends: Being Sanatana Dharma in America is like living under the British Raj. Rajsamund

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