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Hindutva, Liberalism and the Centre-Right B Shantanu  Satyameva-Jayate.org
Preface <ul><li>While Centre-Right ideology* is well-understood and articulated, a parallel effort  is needed to articulat...
<ul><li>The next few slides are an attempt at providing context and backdrop for debate &  discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
 
Hindutva’s 1 st  Principles… <ul><li>Hindutva is a manifestation of Dharma ( धर्मं ) </li></ul><ul><li>Hindutva is nationa...
<ul><li>About freedom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It draws its core from the essential “Hindu” belief in free thought </li></ul>...
Hindutva is… <ul><li>Not about Hindu identity or about Hinduism </li></ul><ul><li>Not dictatorship of the fanatics </li></...
<ul><li>A political consciousness that respects faith as a matter of personal choice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And for the pri...
Hindutva is about… <ul><li>National Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Liberty  </li></ul><ul><li>Rule of Law </li></ul...
Hindutva and National Interest <ul><li>Hindutva stands for primacy of national interest above everything else ( राष्ट्र सर...
<ul><li>Liberty in terms of freedom of thought </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom.. </li...
Hindutva & Rule of Law <ul><li>Hindutva stands for rule of law; Hindutva is Kshatra-Dharma ( क्षत्र धर्मं ) </li></ul><ul>...
Hindutva & Artha <ul><li>Hindutva is about prosperity and celebrating wealth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As long as it is earned...
 
<ul><li>Several steps in this thought-process are incomplete and still missing </li></ul><ul><li>To arrive at a more robus...
Acknowledgments <ul><li>This effort is dedicated to Bharat and Dharma </li></ul><ul><li>These thoughts have been inspired ...
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Hindutva and Liberalism

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A first attempt at exploring the parallels between Hindutva (essense of "Hindu" thought) and the tenets of classical liberalism. Pl contribute and share widely. Thanks

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Hindutva and Liberalism

  1. 1. Hindutva, Liberalism and the Centre-Right B Shantanu Satyameva-Jayate.org
  2. 2. Preface <ul><li>While Centre-Right ideology* is well-understood and articulated, a parallel effort is needed to articulate Hindutva ( हिंदुत्व ) </li></ul><ul><li>Not just to silence the critics but.. </li></ul><ul><li>..to help construct a solid basis for national identity and consciousness.. </li></ul><ul><li>… and to find common ground </li></ul>* Centre-Right in this context includes the ideology of classical liberalism
  3. 3. <ul><li>The next few slides are an attempt at providing context and backdrop for debate & discussion </li></ul><ul><li>The expectation is a more refined articulation can emerge through arguments & counter-arguments </li></ul><ul><li>Many steps in this thought-process are incomplete and still missing </li></ul><ul><li>Please contribute and enrich the discussion </li></ul>Preface
  4. 5. Hindutva’s 1 st Principles… <ul><li>Hindutva is a manifestation of Dharma ( धर्मं ) </li></ul><ul><li>Hindutva is nationalism rooted in the essence of Hindu traditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of pluralism and tolerance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hindutva is Indian-ness; Hindutva is Bharatiyata ( भारतीयता ) </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>About freedom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It draws its core from the essential “Hindu” belief in free thought </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hinduism is freedom, especially the freedom in thinking about God – Dr S Radhakrishnan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is neither a faith nor a belief system </li></ul>Hindutva is…
  6. 7. Hindutva is… <ul><li>Not about Hindu identity or about Hinduism </li></ul><ul><li>Not dictatorship of the fanatics </li></ul><ul><li>Not a religion </li></ul><ul><li>Not anti-faith </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>A political consciousness that respects faith as a matter of personal choice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And for the private realm; not something for the state to intervene in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>About reconciliation and harmonious coexistence – even of conflicting ideologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As long as they respect each other’s right to exist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not specific to religion but culture and civilisation specific </li></ul><ul><li>A nationalist, not a religious or theocratic concept </li></ul>Hindutva is…
  8. 9. Hindutva is about… <ul><li>National Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Liberty </li></ul><ul><li>Rule of Law </li></ul><ul><li>Prosperity and Economic Freedoms </li></ul>
  9. 10. Hindutva and National Interest <ul><li>Hindutva stands for primacy of national interest above everything else ( राष्ट्र सर्व - प्रथम )   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The State exists to ensure security and prosperity for its citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Raj-Dharma ( राज - धर्मं ) mandates that a ll decisions of the state must be guided by national interest, above everything else </li></ul><ul><li>… a king’s duties are more than that of a citizen’s. If a situation calls for the partition of a nation, then call for war, but never partition the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Can you five brothers cut your mother into five and distribute amongst yourselves? If not, then how can you divide the motherland? – Bhishma Pitamah, MahaBharat </li></ul>Source: http://satyameva-jayate.org/2009/10/15/raj-dharma/
  10. 11. <ul><li>Liberty in terms of freedom of thought </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Vedanta is the assertion of freedom – Swami Vivekananda </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Liberty to pursue enlightened self-interest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Bhagwaan ShriRam)…knew the ways and means of getting income… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He was acquainted with the fine arts useful for entertainment* </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This liberal ethos owes its character to the traditions within Sanatan Dharma ( सनातन   धर्मं ) and it ought to be defended vigorously </li></ul>Hindutva and Liberty * Ayodhya Kaanda (Chapter 1, verses 26-28)
  11. 12. Hindutva & Rule of Law <ul><li>Hindutva stands for rule of law; Hindutva is Kshatra-Dharma ( क्षत्र धर्मं ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. the duty of the state is to protect the rights of its citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rule of Law is the ultimate Dharma </li></ul><ul><li>… kings who perform RajDharma selflessly, following the prescribed code of crime and punishment, and who treat their subjects even-handedly…get the highest position that may be available to a true sanyasin.. - MahaBharat (66/4-5) </li></ul>* Courtesy, Palahalli; Also http://satyameva-jayate.org/2009/10/15/raj-dharma/
  12. 13. Hindutva & Artha <ul><li>Hindutva is about prosperity and celebrating wealth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As long as it is earned or acquired through honest means </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artha ( अर्थ ) is one of the four Purusharthas ( पुरुषार्थ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Hinduism does not glorify poverty; Wealth is not an impediment to self-realization* </li></ul><ul><li>Hindutva is in harmony with economic freedoms that are a pre-requisite for prosperity in society </li></ul>* Although attachment to wealth is
  13. 15. <ul><li>Several steps in this thought-process are incomplete and still missing </li></ul><ul><li>To arrive at a more robust articulation of Hindutva, I need your help and support </li></ul><ul><li>Such an articulation can emerge through debate and discussions in the highest traditions of Shastrartha ( शास्त्रार्थ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Please contribute and share widely to get insights from scholars and experts </li></ul>The Next Step…
  14. 16. Acknowledgments <ul><li>This effort is dedicated to Bharat and Dharma </li></ul><ul><li>These thoughts have been inspired & prompted by commentators on my blog, “Internet Hindus” and several bloggers including (but not limited to) Varnam , Acorn , Sandeep , Sanjeev Sabhlok and Offstumped … </li></ul><ul><li>I am grateful to all of you for helping me develop my own understanding, knowledge and awareness about Hinduism, Bharat and the world around us </li></ul><ul><li>Jai Hind, Jai Bharat! </li></ul>Additional References: Understanding Raj-Dharma , Understanding Raj-Dharma, Part 2
  15. 17. Reclaiming India – One Step at a Time

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