NOW, HINDU IS LIKE A SERVANT WHO TALKS BACK AT THIS MASTER THE COLONIAL WEST AND IT SURPRISES THE WEST

NOW, HINDU IS LIKE A SERVANT WHO TALKS BACK AT HIS MASTER, THE PROTESTANT CHRISTIAN COLONIAL WEST WHITE BRITISH OR AMERICAN AND IT SURPRISES THE WEST…
Is it really a wave· of assertion·of Hindu identity ? Or is it the case· that after centuries of suppression Hindus are merely finding a more ‘normal’ relationship· [with] themselves ? Perhaps we have· become· so used to their self-effacement that we view· this as assertive . It recalls the situation· when a servant· talks· back . Actually , this should be· perfectly normal: the servant· is a thinking , feeling being , with legitimate interests of his or her own . But the master interprets it as an outrage· , an insurrection . Aatish Taseer had a good· article· about this in the New York Times a while back . We do· not make· political predictions and we have· no political solutions . Whatever the process· is , it must play· itself out . As intellectuals , our job· is only to understand· . Perhaps this assertion· is a reaction· to the circumstance· that most Indians still live· under political arrangements that are deeply estranged from them . Once the political process· reflects their democratic and material· aspirations , perhaps these debates , which in a way· resemble the culture· wars in the United States , will lose their relevance .http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/open-conversation/vishwa-adluri-we-have-become-so-used-to-hindu-self-effacement-that-we-now-view-hindus-as-being
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