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Seeking humanist Hinduism
Education and new Gurukul coaching models of Hindutva
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Hinduism is increasingly produced as a civil and a nationalised religion under Hindutva, one where the territory of India and a ‘thin’ and abstracted notion of Hinduism are merged to create a new common space that can mediate between the localised communities of sects and castes. Hinduism is reconstructed as an accommodative and civil religion for all Hindus, and Hindu Manushyata (humanism) is evoked to counter Westernisation and internal ‘divisions’. The making of Hinduism as a civil religion also points to a new Hindu consciousness among the lower and marginal castes, which counters the estrangement embedded in popular Hinduism. While liberal Hindus hope to use Hinduism to counter Hindutva, Hindutva is slowly countering the ills of the Hindu religion by framing and promoting Hinduism as a national civil religion. Caste, however, is not just localised but integral to the metaphysics of Hinduism, and Hinduism as a civil religion continues to find it difficult to overcome caste.

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