11 Facts About Hindu nationalism

1. Hindu nationalism referred to the rest of Northern India as Mughlan and called the region infiltrated by Muslim foreigners.

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2. Hindu nationalism fought against Caste discrimination and advocated equal rights for women.

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3. Hindu nationalism joined Brahmo Samaj briefly before meeting Ramakrishna, who was a priest in the temple of the goddess Kali in Calcutta and who was to become his guru.

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4. Hindu nationalism made Hindu spirituality, intellectually available to the Westernized audience.

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5. Hindu nationalism saw his effort very much in terms of a revitalisation of the Hindu nation, which carried Hindu spirituality and which could counter Western materialism.

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6. Hindu nationalism was inspired by the writings of Swami Vivekananda and the novels of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.

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7. Hindu nationalism "based his claim for freedom for India on the inherent right to freedom, not on any charge of misgovernment or oppression".

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8. Hindu nationalism believed that the primary requisite for national progress, national reform, is the free habit of free and healthy national thought and action and that it was impossible in a state of servitude.

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9. Hindu nationalism emphasised that it meant respect for all religions: "My Hinduism teaches me to respect all religions.

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10. Hindu nationalism popularized the Sanskrit phrase "Satyameva Jayate", from the Mundaka Upanishad, which today is the national motto of the Republic of India.

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11. Hindu nationalism defined the word Hindu as: "Hindu nationalism who considers India as both his Fatherland and Holyland".

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