The specialty about ‘Essays on Hinduism’ by Karan Singh is that it has a balanced approach unlike the plethora of books available on Hinduism that either exaggerate or dismiss Hinduism comparing it to one of the pagan polytheistic religions of prehistoric era without understanding the underlying philosophical foundations of Hinduism as propounded in our Upanishads. My review of the book is published in the Jun 2019 issue of Bengaluru Review. Read on to find out more.
“The author presents the soul of Hinduism, as opposed to its body which are the various rituals associated with the religion, and are the focus point of many western and Indian intellectuals,” writes Durga Prasad Dash.
I read this book – Essays on Hinduism – over a couple of days in a hospital waiting room. Once I started the book or every time I restarted the book, I got lost in no time and forgot about the surroundings, till someone came and tapped my shoulders.
This book is written by Karan Singh, an Ex-Cabinet Minister in the Congress Government. So the book is not coming from a member of the saffron brigade. Nor is it written by one of those so called foreign scholars. Hence, we may expect a fair degree of neutrality along with the right amount of compassion, unlike the contents in the plethora of books on…
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