| 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.
Educational Links on Hot Conflicts of the day
NPR: Arab Israeli Conlift
BBC: Voices from Kashmir
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, October 4, 2002|
Last Modified: 10/4/2002