Why I Am A Hindu author Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician, writer and was a former international diplomat. He is serving as an MP, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, since 2009. Also currently serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and All India Professionals Congress.
In Why I Am a Hindu, one of India’s finest public intellectuals gives us a reflective about the world’s greatest religions. Starting with a close examination of his own belief in Hinduism, he ranges far in his study of the faith. This books talks about the Great Souls of Hinduism, Adi Shankara, Patanjali, Ramanuja, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and many others. He delves deep into Hinduism’s most important schools of thought.
He explains, in easily available language, important aspects and concepts of Hindu philosophy like the Purusharthas and Bhakti. Also he masterfully summarizes the lessons of the Gita and Vivekananda. And explores with understanding the ‘Hinduism of habit’ practised by common believers. He looks at the countless manifestations of political Hinduism in the modern era. Including cruelty committed in the name of the faith by right-wing organizations and their adherents.
He analyzes Hindutva, explains its rise and dwells at length on the idea of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, its most significant ideologue. He is liberal in his criticism of extremist ‘bhakts’. Clear in his belief that everything that makes India a great and unique culture. And country will be imperiled if religious ‘fundamentalists’ are allowed to take the upper hand. However, he also makes the point that it is exactly because Hindus form the mass that India has survived as a secular democracy.
A book that will be debated now and in the future, Why I Am a Hindu is a revelatory and unique masterwork.