Author: C M Mathew
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172145373
A historical analysis of modern Hindu Missionary ideologies and practices, this book is an introduction to important contemporary developments such as Hindutva, the RSS, the Arya Samaj, ISKCON, and the Vishva Hindu Parishad.
Contrary to a common misconception of the textbooks, Hinduism is and always was a missionary religion. This being so, a serious academic investigation is long overdue , and the author presents a careful reconstruction of historical events. The facts reveal that from an early time the people called Hindus were in fact active disseminators of beliefs and practices which they valued.
What is a Hindu? Definitions are difficult and unsatisfactory. "Hinduism", as it is known today, is a product o colonialism. This point deserves wide publication in the face of a rising militant religious fundamentalism. "Hinduism" is a recent term coined by European explorers and catholic missionaries of the 16th century, popularized by Protestant missionaries in the 19th century, and applied by orientologists to the complex peoples , cultures, and local religions of India
INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS
Introduction : The Subject Matter
ARYA SAMAJ AND SAFFRON MISSION
SWAMI Dayananda Saraswati
The Ideological Position of Swami Dayananda Saraswati and the Arya Samaj
Contributions to Saffron Mission
RAMAKRISHNA MOVEMENT AND SAFFRON MISSION
Bengal Prior to the Ramakrishna Movement
Ramakrishna Movement : A Brief Historical Survey