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those of a non-Hindu background, including academicians or even
sympathetic friends of India, there may be much in the book that is
challenging. The West needs to hear a Hindu critique of its ways,
including its vulgar commercialism that is spreading its tentacles
all over the world. Islam and Christianity need to hear the Hindu
voice, which represents the pagan religions that they have demonized
and continue to assault with their conversion efforts. Western
academia as well, limited to humanistic and historical perspectives,
needs to hear a critique of its anthropocentric views from a cosmic
and eternal perspective such as Hindu Dharma offers.
There has been such a tendency to
attack Hinduism, particularly through negative stereotypes, without
anyone speaking out to defend it, that some people may be disturbed
to find a Hindu response to deal with.