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Voice of India: Ram Swarup and Sitaram Goel
Ram Swarup is probably the most important and
cogent writer on Hinduism in the last half of the twentieth century.
He is the inspirational force behind Voice of India, a small
publishing company that has produced many well-documented works on
Hinduism and its relationship with other religions.
Voice of India has published perhaps the best
series of books in defense of Hindu Dharma ever produced. Even
larger Hindu organizations like RSS or Arya Samaj have not been able
to create works of such detail or insight.
of India does not take an apologetic tone or aim at any superficial
religious synthesis, unlike most presentations of Hinduism. It
reflects a critical Hindu point of view on the world with a rare
examination of anti-Hindu forces, their history, plans and
motivations. It has a fearlessness, honesty and truthfulness that
rarely exists in modern Hindu writers who prefer to please everyone
or harmonize all points of view rather than take a tough stand for
what is right.
The main limitation that I
found in Sangha groups, which Sangha people like Dr. Vashta
concurred with, was that they lacked sophistication in their
intellectual presentation, particularly in a modern English idiom.
They emphasized grass root action instead and did not always think
it important. This made them an easy target of the highly
westernized and well-educated leftist media in India. It also
limited their appeal to the intellectuals of the country who were
looking for sharp thinking and new ideas. With Voice of India I
found a committed Hindu intelligentsia that took up all the
difficult issues and clearly articulated them.