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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Talk on Hindu Identity by Rajiv Malhotra at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam

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Claiming our Hindu identity and explaining it to others what it is all about: Rajiv Malhotra
At a time when Hindus in general seem to be ignorant / complacent / negligent about their unique, age-old identity, and the anti-Hindus along with the non-Hindus are hell bent on diluting and, if possible, destroying that identity of India, in every possible way, including in the guise of 'bogus secularism', Sri Rajiv Malhotra, Founder, Infinity Foundation, has initiated an important discussion on the issue. This was the topic discussed in a workshop conducted/moderated by him at the recent ‘WAVES’ Conference at Orlando, and later on at the 'Hindu Unity Day' in New York, he also briefly outlined the subject matter of ‘The Hindu identity’ under the following three heads:

1. Need for an identity

Why do we need an identity?

2. Hindu Identity

What constitutes our identity / what are the hall marks of Hindu identity?

3. Hindu interaction with others

How do we Hindus deal/interact with the non-Hindus?

Focusing on the important issues of Hindu identity in the present-day world, the learned speaker effectively highlights the central issue, the central source of confusion which is preventing a lot of people from claiming a Hindu identity. The sooner a conversation starts to clarify these points in the minds of the Hindus, the better, he asserts in conclusion.

The full transcript of the talk on “Hindu Identity” by Rajiv Malhotra at the 23rd Anniversary of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (www.arshavidya.org) in Saylorsburg, PA, U.S.A., on Sep 14, 2008

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