The Pros And Cons Of Modern Hinduism

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Hinduism was launched into modernity as a consequence of both the introduction of Muslims into the culture as well as the later British Colonial Project in India. Subsequently, Hinduism has evolved immensely on a social as well as a political front over the last 500 to 800 years (Lorenzen 631), altering the way that both insiders and outsiders define Hinduism through themselves. Analyzing Modern Hinduism today, then becomes a job of working backwards chronologically in order to compare the identities of Hindus nationally, internationally and regionally; recognizing how these identities relate to outsider perspective and Hinduism at its origin. In order to do this, classifications can be made by approaching Indian history through a variety of frameworks in order to address problems tied to the Academy and its approach to religious studies - especially concerning Hinduism. By utilizing lenses such as the insider/outsider debate, Hijra identity, Hindutva nationalism, and Dalit religion, scholars and practitioners alike are able to note the presence of inclusion and exclusion in Hindu society and identify how this notion addresses the question: “What is Hinduism?”. The insider/outsider debate is consistently raised when studying the different aspects of Hinduism, essentially framing other lenses; encouraging one to consider who is speaking for Hinduism and their perspective, that of the ‘other’ and their relation to one another. In the context of Hinduism, there is a huge

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