The story of my experiments with truth

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vidya at CCO.CALTECH.EDU
Mon Dec 15 17:55:26 CST 1997

On Sun, 14 Dec 1997, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:


> > India. The RK Math and Mission does not lend its support to all those who
> > quote Vivekananda.
> >
> If people are distorting his views, shouldn't they be setting the public
> straight?
> > To the best of my knowledge, it continues to have quite a few learned
> > monks in its midst. Even its recent administrative problems arose out of a
> > wish to avoid undue government interference.
> This is another example.  There has never been a time in history when it
> has been easier to stand up to a Communist especially ones with ideas this
> stupid.   Yet they just rolled over.  This hardly squares with their
> activist past.

I'll just say this much. In contemporary India, if you are a religious
organization that wants to stand up to communists, you will be branded a
communalist, and you will be seen as being part of the VHP brigade. Not
every religious group wants to be seen that way. Those of us who haven't
experienced the political realities in India may not be able to appreciate
this. It will take at least another decade of India's new policies for
attitudes to change.

Presently, that the political right-wingers have co-opted Vivekananda does
not help the RK math. As for opposing all those who selectively quote
Vivekananda, it seems to me that the RK math is in a situation where they
will be damned if they do, and they will be damned if they don't.


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