Wendy Doniger’s wanton interpretation of Hinduism – Bhaskar Menon
“The whole book is an extended argument of the well-worked colonial theme that Hinduism does not exist. She seems oblivious to the fact that it is not a virtue in a religion to be ‘single’ and ‘unified,’ for their inevitable corollaries are inquisitions, fundamentalisms and wars. Hinduism is undefinable because it is focused on that most overweening of all realities, God.” – Bhaskar Menon
Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History (2009), is an almost unbelievably obtuse work of 700+ pages. After a first read-skim in 2009, I summed it up thus: “A work equaled in its confusion, incomprehension and malice perhaps only by James Mill‘s History of British India and Katherine Mayo‘s Mother India”.
I noted one passage in particular as exemplifying the author’s overall attitude and approach. Explaining the beginnings of the story of the Mahabharata (page 294), she writes:
“Where Rama and his brothers…
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