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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Samya; 2nd rev edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185604827
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185604824
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J.P. Franks on March 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Hinduism has never been a humane philosophy. It is the most brutal religious school that the history of religions has witnessed. The Dalitbahujan castes of India are the living evidence of its brutality."

The author, Kancha Ilaiah, is a "Dalitbahujan", a group which includes India's lower castes like farmers and the "untouchables". Ilaiah (sounds like "Isaiah") refuses to lump Dalitbahujans in with Hindus: "What do we, the lower [castes, or Dalitbahujans], have to do with Hinduism ...? [The Dalitbahujans of India] have never heard the word 'Hindu' - not as a word, nor as the name of a culture, nor as the name of a religion in our early childhood days. We heard about the Turukoollu (Muslims), we heard about Kirastaanapoollu (Christians), we heard about Baapanoollu (Brahmins) [the priestly caste] and Koomatoollu (Baniyas) [the merchant class] spoken of as people who were different from us. Among these four categories, the most different were the [Brahmins and the Baniyas]. There are at least some aspects of life common to us and the [Muslims and Christians]. We all eat meat, we all touch each other. With the [Muslims], we shared several other cultural relations. We both celebrated the Peerila festival. Many [Muslims] came with us to the fields. The only people with whom we had no relations, whatsoever, were the [Brahmins and Baniyas]. But today we are suddenly being told that we have a common religious and cultural relationship with the [Brahmins and Baniyas]. This is not merely surprising; it is shocking."

So begins Ilaiah's broadside against Hinduism and "Hindutva" or Hindu-ness, the ideology of the Hindu right. In the book, he argues that Hinduism, with its focus on upper caste gods, values, and culture, is a patriarchal and fascist religion and worldview.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gunjan on December 23, 2011
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These catholic, missionary paid writers just do not accept the fact that Brahmins have never ruled India and Brahmins have been one of the poorest communities. Moreover our scriptures talk of multiple instances when one could become a Brahmin by pursuing knowledge. Living in poverty and pursuing the path to knowledge seeking, Brahmins have always been loyal to the land. Untouchability or the caste system is something that the society itself introduced, much exaggerated by Maulvis and Franks of this world who invaded India and ruled for centuries.

I should have stayed silent because it is really not worth commenting on people who belong to the pamphlet distributing Walmart religion that is so shallow in spiritual thinking despite excellent achievement elsewhere in both Science and Arts. But I just could not tolerate the nonsense and lies in the book and in the Frank's comments.
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