A Restatement of Religion by Jyotirmaya Sharma

By Jyotirmaya Sharma

during this 3rd installment of his complete background of “India’s faith” and reappraisal of Hindu identification, Professor Jyotirmaya Sharma deals an attractive portrait of Swami Vivekananda and his courting together with his guru, the mythical Ramakrishna. Sharma’s paintings specializes in Vivekananda’s reinterpretation and formula of numerous 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 exchange religions and heterodox ideals. In doing so, Professor Sharma offers readers with an incisive entryway into nineteenth- and twentieth-century Indian background and the increase of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist movement.
 

Sharma’s illuminating narrative is a superb reexamination of 1 of India’s such a lot debatable spiritual figures and a desirable learn of the symbiosis of Indian heritage, faith, politics, and nationwide identity. It is an important tale for an individual drawn to the evolution of 1 of the world’s nice religions and its position in shaping modern India.

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