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HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM: WHAT IS IT?
aspects of Hinduism need to be reformed, and accept any set religious dogma, but there is
very little in this beautiful religion that warrants such debasing terms as fundamentalism
and chauvinism. If we look at the aspects which are commonly ascribed to religious
fundamentalism we find little of them even among so-called Hindu fundamentalists.
Hindus who accuse other Hindus of being fundamentalists should really question what they
are saying. What is the fundamentalism they see, or is it merely a reaction to the
oppression that Hindus have passively suffered for so long?
Are the people making the charge of fundamentalism themselves
following any religious or spiritual path, or is it a political statement of nonreligious
people against religion? If Hindus are becoming intolerant and narrow-minded they should
be criticized for being poor Hindus, not for being fundamentalist Hindus, as true Hinduism
has a universal spirit.