leftists were naively idealistic about communism, which they uncritically lauded with an
almost Hindu devotion, turning Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao into gods and their writings
into scriptures. Little did they know if there had been a real communist revolution in
India as there was in Russia, such intellectuals would have been among the first to be
eliminated or at least condemned to manual labor as during the Cultural Revolution in
I remember visiting with a famous Indian Marxist poet in
Mumbai. I questioned him why Indians, with such a great spiritual heritage and thinkers
with cosmic vision from the Vedic Rishis onward, could be so enamoured of a simple
materialist like Marx, who was a second hand thinker imitating Hegelian thought, which
itself was spiritually naive? He replied, on the contrary, that he thought Hindu
philosophy was a kind of double speak and mumbo jumbo which destroyed rational thinking
and bound people to superstition and backwardness like the caste system.
Yet his comments revealed a glaring contradiction in his personal life.
He lamented that for all his leftist writings and scholarship, his own wife was still a
devotee of Krishna and the Bhagavad Gita was her favorite book.