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Introduction to Sita Ram Goel's Work

Speaker: Koenraad Elst
Duration: 35.23
Filmed: Jan, 2014
Posted: Jul, 2014
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In Indian discourse - "Secluarism" has become a hallowed word and one who swears by it need not prove any other credentials. Appeasing minority ceaselessly and conceding all of their communal demands are palatable if served under "Secularism". Almost every intellectual in India get entangled in this trap and try to prove itself secularist par excellence. Only one man stood out otherwise and proclaimed himself "Communalist" and he was Sita Ram Goel.Dr Koenraad Elst says that there is only one man in India whom I have ever known to say: "I am a (Hindu) communalist." He states that to an extent, this is in jest, as a rhetorical device to avoid the tangle in which almost intellectual of every hue gets trapped: being called "communalist!" and then spending the rest of your time trying to prove to your hecklers what a good secularist you are. But to an extent, it is because he accepts at least one definition of "communalism" as applying to himself, esp. to his view of India's history since the 7th century.Many historians try to prove their "secularism" by minimizing religious adherence as a factor of conflict in Indian history, and explaining so-called religious conflicts as merely a camouflage for socio-economic conflicts. By contrast, the historian under consideration accepts, and claims to have thoroughly documented, the allegedly "communalist" view that the major developments in medieval and modern Indian history can only be understood as resulting from an intrinsic hostility between religions.
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