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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Great Archaryas of Hinduism

No discussion of India's history, culture, or philosophy is complete without the mention of the roles and influence of the three great sages of medieval period. The three acharyas, Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, and Madhvacharya are primarily responsible for the survival of Hinduism, and I am very pleased to add their biographies to our evolving section on Bhakti- The Path of Devotion.

Myths Abouth Gandhi

I sometimes get hate mail from Gandhi-bashers about our Gandhi section. They blame Gandhi for everything from Muslim appeasement to India's industrial backwardness to the division of India. They are entitled to their opinion of Gandhi, but most of them are misinformed or have misunderstood Gandhi.

Myth 1: Gandhi was anti-Hindu
Gandhi extended the hand of friendship to Muslim and Christian brethren, which some people interpret as anti-Hindu. They even killed him for it. IMO, Gandhi has done more to propagate Hinduism in the world than anybody else. The Hindus must also be grateful to Gandhi for providing great leadership based on Hindu ethos, philosophy and spirituality, and also cleansing Hindu society from age old social evils such as untouchability.

Myth 2: Gandhi was against Science, Technology and Industrialization
Many people mistake Gandhi's overly simplistic lifestyles to mean the above. Gandhi felt that freedom, employment, and basic hygiene was more important than others. His Sarvodaya movement involved comprehensive development of India, not in one particular area such as agriculture or science. Gandhi made cloth not because he was against manufactured garments; he made cloth because the garments manufactured in Europe enslaved a poor country where hand-made cloth would provide employment for millions.

Myth 3: Gandhi Consented for Division of India into India and Pakistan
Absolutely wrong. Gandhi was vehemently opposed to division of India and envisioned Hindus and Muslims living together as one nation.

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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, October 4, 2002
Last Modified: 10/4/2002

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