Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (1)

Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (1)

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In a quest to develop a secular democratic framework for human development across the globe, we’ve been researching philosophies originating from civilisations outside of the Western world. We’ve found India (or Bharat, which is its indigenous name) to be an enchanting and truly vibrant case study. At its height – before it was invaded by British mercenaries, invaded by Islamic jihadists and even before then, before it was named ‘Hindustan’ by Arabs and Persians – India was one of the world’s top civilisations with significant achievements in science, mathematics, literature, philosophy, medicine, astronomy and architecture. Hindus also adhered to highly ethical conducts when organising society, and in warfare. Their neighbours to the East in China and to the West in Arabia found them to be relatively humane and tolerant in the way they conducted themselves.

It was against this civilisational backdrop and tolerance that many persecuted foreigners and travellers with foreign religions came to settle in India. Overtime, fell prey to wars of conquests by various foreign armies, primarily Islamic and British. Various political movements began to emerge among the Natives, as a bulwark against these colonial forays. One of such movements was Hindutva, which sought to unite all Hindus under the philosophical umbrella of Hindu nationalism.

Hindutva is controversial for a number of reasons, but principally because of the misconception that the word Hindu in Hindutva, poses as a religion-political mandate, rather than the culture-political and pluralist ideal that is primarily is. Discussions held about Hindutva in mainstream circles, is usually polarised, with quite a lot of people insisting that secularists should not in any way endorse Hindutva. Hindutva proponents on the other hand argue that Hindutva is based on the indigenous way of life which is inherently secular, thus it is pseudo-secular to not endorse it. Hindutvavadis also argue that the fact Hindutva arose as a bulwark against Islamic fundamentalism in India is all the more reason for secularists to become acquainted with its philosophy way beyond the bias wrought on by ignorance about Hindutva’s core values.

Here is a mosaic of Internet Hindu’s tweets on Hindutva. We’ve split the mosaic into multiple parts so it doesn’t come off spammy and incoherent when reading.

See Tweet Mosaic: Internet Hindu thoughts on Bharat, Hindutva and Hinduism (Part 2) for the first of a five-part Mosaic.

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