Watch: Aravindan Neelakandan Explains Why Romila Thapar’s Analysis Of Hinduism And Caste Is Wrong

by Swarajya Videos - May 20, 2018 07:34 AM +05:30 IST

Prof. Romila Thapar in her latest book on 'Indian cultures', tries to portray Hindu culture as a culture of discrimination. To do this she plays a 'suppressio veri and suggestio falsi' game in which the leftists are adepts. Here we look into the defaming portrayal that Prof. Thapar makes against Hinduism.

We look into the quantum and quality of data she has to conceal to make this portrayal. We take a look into the possible Harappan origins of social stratification in India which is an aligned phenomenon with social exclusion. Then we look into the Buddhist-Jain contribution to the defilement of certain hereditary occupations because of their strong notion of moralism and extreme emphasis on non-violence.

At the same time we also look at the social emancipation movements that characterized strongly the revival of Vedic religious streams after the so-called decline of Buddhism and Jainism.

All these historical factors are surely not unknown to Prof. Thapar. But her aim is to pin the entire blame for social exclusion as it manifests in India on Hinduism.

This continual academic negative stereotyping of Hindu religion and culture is in a way rooted in the deep colonial Euro-centric nature of Marxism – the ideological school to which Prof.Thapar belongs.

This short video is based on the elaborate essay on the same subject (‘A Culture of Discrimination or A Culture of Emancipation? A Critical Look at Romila Thapar’s Latest Book’) published in Swarajya magazine web portal.

You can read the full article here.

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