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The Hindu HouseholderThe T.N. Madan Omnibus$
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T. N. Madan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198069409

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069409.001.0001

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The Quest for Hinduism

The Quest for Hinduism

(p.142B) Epilogue The Quest for Hinduism
The Hindu Householder

T. N. Madan

Oxford University Press

The translation of cultural traditions from one into another is, however, always problematic and the modern Hindu suffers from the strain of a fragmented consciousness. This chapter focuses on this predicament. It argues that since its encounter with Christianity early in the seventeenth century, Hinduism has never been disengaged from the West in the consciousness of ‘modern’ Hindus. Today the challenge that Hinduism faces does not come from an alien religion but from the Western ideals of secularism and modernization.

Keywords:   Hindus, cultural traditions, fragmented consciousness, Christianity, secularism, modernization, West

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