March 4, 2017

A Restatement of Religion by Jyotirmaya Sharma

By Jyotirmaya Sharma

during this 3rd installment of his complete historical past of “India’s faith” and reappraisal of Hindu identification, Professor Jyotirmaya Sharma deals an attractive portrait of Swami Vivekananda and his dating along with his guru, the mythical Ramakrishna. Sharma’s paintings specializes in Vivekananda’s reinterpretation and formula of various Indian non secular and mystical traditions and practices as “Hinduism” and the way it served to create, distort, and justify a countrywide self-image. the writer examines questions of caste and the primacy of the West in Vivekananda’s imaginative and prescient, in addition to the systematic marginalization of trade religions and heterodox ideals. In doing so, Professor Sharma offers readers with an incisive entryway into nineteenth- and twentieth-century Indian historical past and the increase of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist movement.
 

Sharma’s illuminating narrative is a wonderful reexamination of 1 of India’s so much debatable spiritual figures and a desirable examine of the symbiosis of Indian heritage, faith, politics, and nationwide identity. It is a necessary tale for an individual attracted to the evolution of 1 of the world’s nice religions and its position in shaping modern India.

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