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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Samya; 2nd Revised edition edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185604827
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185604824
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
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"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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Throughout my life I was told the "Caste" thingi is the worst horror wrought on man and I drank that cool aid. Then I grew up!

Lets look at this Caste thingi...shall we?

1. The caste thingi at its worst for the most part is one of given offence.. nothing more. "Untouchable" means not worthy of touch. A man doesn't want to touch another and hence if comes in contact runs and goes and has a bath! Big freaking deal.. Everyone in this world is entitled to believe they are special and that they are supperior. There is no crime in that. As long as one does not use that sense of superiority to exert dominion over others, its that individuals God given human right. Even today, its pefectly legal to to treat someone as an untouchable.

In fact many white Christians have their own caste system and has their christian Untouchables too.. Let me come back to that

2. Social endogamy: Brahmins marrying with their own. Another big freaking deal.. The Amish Christians in America maintain social endogamy and only marry one from their own subculture.. In any case why should a religious Brhamin want to marry a beef and other carcuss eating person such as myself and it their right to make that choice. Not mine.

In fact many white christians maintain social endogamy. Even after 300 years the white christian caste rarely marry their black christian castes.

3. Self segregation: Many upper caste may live by themselves and may not socialize with antother caste.. Again boo hoo hoo.. That too is their basic right to do.

In fact many white christian caste go to their own white church and the black christian caste go to their own black christian caste church...where else but the Bible belt of America.. Its totally legal.
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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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The reason Kancha Illaiah is not a Hindu: is because Kancha Illaiah is a jackass; and jackasses has no place in Hinduism.
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