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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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You Can't Make an Omelette 1

You Can't Make an Omelette 1

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(p.572) You Can't Make an Omelette1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0042

In this chapter, the author reflects on her decision to write a book about the ancient history of Hinduism, the politics underlying the endeavor, and the fight raging around the issue of Hindu pluralism in India. She talks about the controversy surrounding Hindutva, a territorial, racial and fundamentalist form of Hinduism that has inspired violence against both Muslims and Christians as well as the spread of fundamentalism. She recounts her first encounter with the Hindutvavadis in 2002 and why she decided to write the book The Hindus: An Alternative History, published in 2009.

Keywords:   history, Hinduism, politics, pluralism, India, Hindutva, violence, fundamentalism, Hindutvavadis, The Hindus: An Alternative History

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