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HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM: WHAT IS IT?
Hindu king was a fundamentalist who tried to eliminate all other beliefs from the land or
tried to spread Hinduism throughout the world by the sword? Does Rama or Krishna provide
such a model? Does Shivaji provide such a model? If no such model exist what is the fear
of a militant Hindu theocratic rule based upon?
Traditional Hindus do exist. There are Hindus who are caught in conservative or regressive
social customs, like untouchability or mistreatment of women, which should not be
underestimated. There are serious problems in Hindu society that must be addressed, but
these should be examined as per their nature and cause, which is not some uniform Hindu
fundamentalism but wrong practices that are often contrary to real Hindu through.
To lump them together as problems of Hindu fundamentalism
fails to examine them adequately but, rather, uses them as a scare tactic to discredit
Hinduism as a whole. There are some Hindus who may believe that their religion is superior
and want to keep it separate from other religions. In this regard they are no different
than orthodox Christians and Muslims.