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Satbir Singh Bedi's comment on The Hindus- An Alternative History: Penguin burns its fingers by hurting Hindus

Hinduism is the way of life of the people of ancient India and is closely related to nature. It has great absorbing power. Hinduism has never rejected the import and acceptance of ideas. It has even accepted ideas from such diverse religions as Christianity, Islam, etc. In fact, Hindus are the people who have lived in this great country called India or Hindustan i.e. land of the Hindus. Now one who believes in idol worship is a Hindu, one who does not believe in idol worship but only in the ancient scriptures, Vedas i.e. Arya Samajis are also Hindus. One who believes in one god is a Hindu and one who believes in many gods is also a Hindu and one who believes in no god is also a Hindu i.e. atheists are also Hindus if born in India. Then there are agnostics like me who believe in a creator but do not believe in His worship nor do they believe in past Karmas or future life or heaven or hell. Well, we agnostics are also Hindus because we are born in this country, our India. So, Hindus are the most democratic people allowing people to profess different ideologies and still be called Hindus. Hindus never fight amongst themselves as they allow different ideas to flourish. Hindus believe in maintaining the balance of the nature and they believe that if we act against the nature then nature would attack us and ruin us. They believe that God is in nature. Hindus also believe that creation and creator are synonymous. According to most of the Hindus, the powers of the creator are unlimited and He is not only the creator but also the destroyer so that Hindus believe that every creation involves destruction also. Hindus believe that there are many earths other than this earth and many universes other than this universe and our knowledge is very limited. Hindus like Muslims and Christians also believe in fasting for the purification of soul and realisation of the fact how a hungry man feels. Hindus thus want to have all round experience. Hindus believe that God can assume many forms including the human form and yet he can be one. Some Hindus feel that there is no God and it is our will that prevails and not some unknown God's will. They say that we are responsible for our actions and must bear the consequences of our actions whether good or bad. A Hindu is satisfied in the minimum things of life and believes in simple living and high thinking. He believes that there are many different ways of looking at the different aspect of life and every life is precious. Hindu is peace loving and avoids war but is ready to defend himself when attacked. He is both a nationalist and internationalist.
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