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INDIA AND HINDUISM IN THE
uncommonly comes across the opinion today that India was never really a nation but that
its nationhood was only recently invented by the British through their definition of the
region as part of their empire. Similarly we are told that Hinduism was up to recently not
a religion at all but merely various local cults and that Hinduism as a single religion
was an idea developed along with the idea of India as a nation that as a religion Hinduism
is basically a creation of modern political interests.
These ideas are often used to discredit India as a real country or Hinduism as a
valid religion. They are used by Marxist and leftist elements or by non-Hindus to draw
Hindus into their fold. However, such ideas are clearly refuted by the most important work
of literature that we have from India, the Mahabharata.