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Discuss my new book (second ed) Lies,lies and More Lies. The campaign to Defame Hindu nationalism

  • Title: Lies, Lies and More Lies. The Campaign to Defame Hindu Nationalism (2nd ed)
    Author: Vivek
    Publisher: iUniverse
    Pages: 252
    ISBN: 978-1-4917-3835-1 (pbk)
    978-1-4917-3836-8 (hard cover)
    Published: Oct 16, 2014

    Available from Baker and Taylor and Ingrams and Amazon India

    Reviews From Previous Edition
    ‘A brilliant book’
    Seth J. Frantzman, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer.

    ‘A passionate and thoughtful call for perspective on hot-button Indian social issues’
    Midwest Book Review


    The resounding electoral victory of Narendra Modi and the BJP in the Indian elections of 2014 makes it all the more imperative for the Western world in general and academics to get a true picture of what Hindu Nationalism stands for.The second edition of Lies, lies and More Lies. The Campaign to Defame Hindu/Indian Nationalism (pp 252. Publisher. iUniverse. 2014)does this in an objective manner.
    The last decade has seen the publication of a plethora of books like Christophe Jaffrelot’s, The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India, Thomas Hansen’s The Saffron Wave and Martha Nussbaum’s The Clash Within that have been highly critical of the Hindu Nationalist Movement in India. This genre of books has been a one-sided, prejudged narration that has failed look at the movement from the Hindu perspective or even accord Hindu Nationalism a fair and scholarly treatment. At times these books have highlighted dubious incidents to put forth their point of view or held up radical fringe elements as representative of Hindu Nationalism.
    Lies, Lies and More Lies presents the other side of the story in a balanced manner with tangible proof backed by sound references that puts paid to many of the false innuendoes against Hindu Nationalism that have been bandied around for years. This second edition of Lies, Lies and More Lies (first edition was published in 2007) contains 2 new sections (Gujarat and Babri-Masjid-Mandir Controversy), 10 new chapters and 100 more pages. It provides more evidence of the lies that have been spread about Hindu Nationalism.
    Especially revealing is the content of these two new sections. In a chapter titled, “Intellectuals or Charlatans’ which deals with the Ayodhya verdict, there is a detailed description of the judge’s rebuke directed to the detractors of Hindu Nationalism for their unethical and unprofessional attempts to influence the outcome. The same unethical conduct is evident in the SIT investigation of the Gujarat riots; the SIT report speaks of doctoring of evidence and even goes so far as to dub a witness as “highly suspicious and undesirable”.
    This book is a must read for all who wish to get a better understanding of Hindu Nationalism. It is recommended for local academics, political leaders, businessmen, and others who wish to interact with India and Indians for it enables them to understand the Hindu/Indian psyche better.
    Available on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Lies-More-Campaign-Nationalism-Edition/dp/1491738359/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

  • Excerpt from Book
    Consumed by an irrational hatred and guided by a bigoted philosophy, pseudo-secularists in India have claimed that India as a country never existed before the unification of the princely states by the British. Nothing can be further from the truth. An assertion of this type can only be interpreted as a sign of overwhelming ignorance, or it could possibly be an act of deliberate, sophisticated, disinformation.
    Lord Meghnad Desai, an Indian by birth and a Britisher by acclimatization echoes the same misperception that most Indian intellectuals love to parrot, in his book, The Rediscovery of India. He contends that “India is a creature of the 150 years since 1857”, and that “there was no Indian nation before then”
    Ramachandra Guha follows the same thought process in India after Gandhi. The book begins with a strange sentence: “Because they are so many, and so various, the people of India are also divided. They appear to have always been so.”
    Leafing through the prologue of India After Gandhi, I could not help but blanch at the anachronistic incompatibility and logical inconsistency of the arguments presented therein with regard to the entity called India and our identity as Indians. The preamble, inappropriately titled, Unnatural Nation, enumerates a legion of differences among Indians like caste, ethnicity, religion and language and goes on to quote a British functionary of colonial times, Sir John Strachey to challenge the very concept of India as a nation.
    Sir John Strachey was a member of the Governor-General’s Council in the late 1800’s who is known for compiling a definitive administrative dossier on governing India.
    According to Sir John, “India” was merely a label of convenience: “a name which we give to a great region including a multitude of different countries.”

    The point in time that this pronouncement was made is to me the strongest argument against this hypothesis. Let me recreate the scenario to clarify and emphasize the absurdity of such a claim. When the British chanced upon India in the 1700s, we were not dim-witted Neanderthals with monkey chatter on our lips living in caves. We were already the bearers of an ancient and advanced civilization that had been in existence for at least 5000 years. We knew who we were. For an alien to come and redefine our identity according to his thought at a time far removed from our moment of origin contravenes every tenet of basic logic.

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