Hindu Responses to the View that Hindus Have No Sense of History

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Its Sense of History

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780195665314
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082032 | DOI:
Hindu Responses to the View that Hindus Have No Sense of History

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This chapter discusses Hindu responses to the assessment that they lack a sense of history. One line of response was simply an admission of the fact, accompanied by praise for Western scholarship for having restored the history of Hinduism to the Hindus. A second type of response also seems to accept this proposition, but with more reservations. A third type of response has been to propose that this lack of historical sense was meant to achieve a historical goal: the unification of the Indian people. This would imply that the absence of a historical sense was deliberately cultivated to further social and political ends. Another view associates the lack of a sense of history with the empirical orientation of the Hindu tradition, and turns it to religious and philosophical advantage by grabbing the bull by the horns.

Keywords: Hindus; sense of history; Hinduism; historical sense; Hindu tradition

Chapter.  15368 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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