Why I am a Hindu / Shashi Tharoor.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In Why I Am a Hindu, one of India's finest public intellectuals gives us a profound book about one of the world's oldest and greatest religions. Starting with a close examination of his own belief in Hinduism, he ranges far and wide in his study of the faith. He talks about the Great Souls of Hinduism, Adi Shankara, Patanjali, Ramanuja, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and many others who made major contributions to the essence of Hinduism"--Amazon.
    • Content Notes:
      My Hinduism -- The Hindu way -- Questioning Hindu customs -- Great souls of Hinduism -- Hinduism and the politics of Hindutva -- Beyond holy cows: the uses and abuses of Hindu culture and history -- Taking back Hinduism.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-289) and index.
    • ISBN:
      1947534556
      9781947534551
      1947534564
      9781947534568
    • Accession Number:
      on1033899364
      1033899364
    • Accession Number:
      fay.639098
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      THAROOR, S. Why I am a Hindu. [s.l.] : Scribe Publications, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 14 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Tharoor S. Why I Am a Hindu. Scribe Publications; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639098. Accessed November 14, 2019.
    • APA:
      Tharoor, S. (2018). Why I am a Hindu. Scribe Publications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639098
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Tharoor, Shashi. 2018. Why I Am a Hindu. Scribe Publications. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639098.
    • Harvard:
      Tharoor, S. (2018) Why I am a Hindu. Scribe Publications. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639098 (Accessed: 14 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Tharoor, S 2018, Why I am a Hindu, Scribe Publications, viewed 14 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Tharoor, Shashi. Why I Am a Hindu. Scribe Publications, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639098.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Tharoor, Shashi. Why I Am a Hindu. Scribe Publications, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639098.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Tharoor S. Why I am a Hindu [Internet]. Scribe Publications; 2018 [cited 2019 Nov 14]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.639098

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2

*Starred Review* Lifelong writer, longtime UN diplomat, and now an irrepressible member of the lower, popularly elected house of India's parliament, Tharoor is absolutely no stranger to controversy. Indeed, he is a big thorn in the side of the right-wing, Hindu-chauvinist BJP party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not that he is hostile to Hinduism, even slightly; rather, he contends that Modi and the BJP have distorted the religion into a quasifascist nationalism powered by fearmongering about Muslims and Christians. The Hinduism Tharoor proudly asserts and defends is universalist, liberal, and syncretic, and its tradition extends from—at the latest—Adi Shankara (788–820), the peripatetic philosopher-theologian who consolidated Advaita Vedanta, which maintains the identity of the soul, Atman, and ultimate reality, Brahman; famous modern expositors are Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. After telling what "his" Hinduism is about and its history in the first part of the book, Tharoor turns to the twentieth-century ideology, Hindutvan ("Hinduness"), that the BJP espouses and the long train of abuses, including property destruction and murder, that its followers have committed and its leaders have winked at. With the BJP in power, Indian democracy is in dire peril, Tharoor believes. He never sounds hysterical, and except that a glossary would have just about perfected it, this deeply informative book is a must-read for Americans interested in Hinduism and the world's largest democracy. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 October #4

Tharoor, an Indian writer and member of parliament in the Indian National Congress, embraces his dual role to offer a personal account of his relationship to Hinduism and a trenchant critique of recent Hindu nationalism. The first part of the book is an explication of Hindu theology and the author's reasons for faith; the second part offers a history and criticism of 20th-century Hindu nationalism. The personal testimony shared in the first half is engrossing as Tharoor nimbly pulls together an overview of key Hindu texts, emphasizing that their heterogeneity is a strength and providing a long bibliography for further reading. His expressions of devotion are also refreshingly genuine, and accessible even to a reader with little knowledge of Hinduism. The second half, however, is less likely to appeal to an audience outside India; while its criticisms are sound, the level of detail makes it tedious reading for readers with no or little interest in Indian politics. With meticulous explanations of his positions in support of pluralism and against "Hindutva" (politicized Hinduism), the tone reads like the campaigning of an opposition politician—which, in fact, Tharoor is. Although general readers will find much here hard to parse, those interested in Indian politics will get a thorough account of Tharoor's beliefs and the politics of the Indian National Congress. (Dec.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.