70 Years of Secularism

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After seventy years, there is a powerful new political, intellectual and cultural churning occurring in India. The Nehruvian socialist era is coming to an end in favor of a new India that has a transformative vision of the future but also honors its ancient dharma and spiritual heritage.

We see a number of individuals and groups active on many fronts of a national revival that reconnects to India’ older Independence Movement on an intellectual and spiritual level. Yet this new movement remains in its initial phases in removing ideological and cultural distortions about the country and its ancient civilization. These distortions remain deep seated and institutionally entrenched, particularly in India’s media and academia that have served as neo-colonial advocates.
The shadow of the previous decades of independent India and its propaganda and intolerance under what was called a “secular socialist” rule still weighs heavily over the country.

These regressive forces continue to have powerful support both inside and outside the country, in several state governments notably Kerala, Bihar and West Bengal, and in the judiciary and bureaucracy that are staunchly resistant, with considerable financial resources and their own enduring agendas.

This book is akin to a stocktaking after seventy years of Independent India, which is sorely needed today. The book attempts to explain what India was before secularism and foreign rule, which was a much more enlightened, expansive and prosperous civilisation than people recognise, and what it became afterwards, which was a shadow of alien domination and subversion.

India’s secularism in fact has been colonialism, not in disguise but in a bold new aggressive and intolerant form, propelled not by foreign rule but by the rule of foreign mindsets by Indians themselves. The present volume documents the cultural genocide that the Nehruvian-Marxist alliance wrought on India over the last seventy years, and its great civilisation of many thousands of years, under the name of secularism and socialism.

The next few decades of India should not be dominated by this biased and deceptive idea of secularism but by reclaiming and continuing India’s timeless and grand civilisation and culture, which is pluralistic and open, yet far beyond the confusion and propaganda about secularism that has made the word pejorative.

294 pages; Publisher : Indus University ; ASIN : B07G4CK5MV

1 review for 70 Years of Secularism

  1. 5 out of 5


    The prologue was a surprise, it begins with Shri Babu Rajendra Prasad’s obituary to Mohammad Ali Jinnah (yes, you read it right) in the constituent assembly. Then we see contradicting statements from the first Prime Minister of the nation. Well, it is not new for us to see politicians speak in two tongues but then this is from a founding father of the nation and it is on Hinduism which makes them important. Do read about those comments of Nehru ji and you would be in for a shock. Then Sandeep does take stock of what has happened to this country in the name of Secularism and the consequences of it on the nation.

    The book is actually a fantastic bouquet of essays on various topics. We start with tales of Ellora and Ajanta. We learn about the magnificent temples in Ellora , lament at the sad state of affairs and then compare it with the state of Ajanta and try to understand the difference. Then Sandeep takes into the world of temples and the way Hindus are neglecting them. Then he delves into the controversial topic of Brahma and Saraswati. Then he speaks about the way India is culturally united. Then we take a leap into the days of Sri Krishnadevaraya and appreciate the days and tastes of that time. From Sri Krishnadevaraya we peep into the life of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar III and get to know the way ensured that fine arts flourish under his rule.

    If you think Lord Sri Rama has little connection with Tamilnadu, the seventh essay of the book will serve as a real eyeopener to you. Then we start delving into the lessons from Mahabharata and Upanishads. The essay on McKenzie was a revelation to me, the way the man surveyed the country and also created a treasure of information on the locals is commendable. Then we get to see the way History is distorted in this nation. We get to see the “Eminent Historians”, their agendas and their lies.

    From “Eminent Historians” we move to the Eminent Intellectual Amartya Sen , we get to see the way the reviving of Nalanda University suffered under his aegis. Then we see the way the “Eminent Painter” M.F Hussain has played around with the artistic freedom and played with Hindu sentiments. Then we travel to Jaipur to understand the famous “Jaipur Literary Festival” , understand tolerance, and them see the role of Atrocity Literature in demeaning anything Hindu in the world.

    In the last leg of the book, Sandeep takes us to the “Communist Republic of JNU” and makes us understand the games that are played there. Then we see the Amnesty International and the designs and capabilities of that organization.

    That’s quite a big list isn’t it?

    What did I like ?

    The length and breadth of the book and the various topics covered . Awesome work by Sandeep ji.
    The insights given are priceless. I never knew that Romila Thapar’s vision of India was in its balkanization. I never knew that our constituent assembly had so much time for Jinnah, the man who divided this land. Kanika Neeti from Mahabharatha was an eye opener and then linking it to Foreign Affairs was just awesome.
    Many people know about Sri Krishnadeva Raya but not many know about Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Nice to know about kings who helped artists and revived art forms.
    We in Andhra know about Sir Arthur Cotton but we do not know about McKenzie and his surveys. The chapter on the English man was awesome.
    There are many many things that I like. I loved the perspective of the author. I loved his unending zeal to educate Indians and India regarding the treasure chest of India. This is an unputdownable book. Do read it.
    My recommendation.
    If you are an Indian and you wish to see India as a superpower and Vishwa Guru once again, please do read the book. Every Indian must read the book so that we as citizens of India realize what we have lost and take corrective steps for the future.

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