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MEANING OF THE TERM HINDU
Sindhu means the ocean. Hinduism is a religion like the ocean that
can accept all streams without overflowing. This is also the meaning
of Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma or the universal tradition.
Sindhu became Hindu not only among
the Persians but also in some dialects in India, particularly in the
West of the country. By the twelfth century in the Prithviraj Raso
by the poet Chand Baradai, probably the oldest work in the Hindi
language, we already find the term Hindu proudly used in India for
the religion and people of the region.