Hindu dharma is not a religion



It is extremely sad to see violent images of targeted attacks against Hindus in Bangladesh. It is even more painful to see Hindus being selectively targeted in Kashmir, to instigate fear in their own homeland. These attacks on Hindus by religious fanatics reveal unquantifiable ignorance apart from unjustifiable hatred.

Hindu is not a religion. It is a Dharma. An ancient civilizational way of life. The Hindu Dharma is not an “ism”. The term Hinduism is incorrect. There is no reference to the term Hinduism beyond independent India for 75 years. There is only one ignorant reference to “Hindu as a religion” in the last century and never before.

Hindu is not in competition with Christianity, Islam or Judaism. In fact, the Hindu does not have a singular identity, all those who lived in a specific geographic region in parts of West Asia, South Asia and South Asia – East have been identified as Hindus for thousands of years.

Historical chronology of Hindu civilization:

?? Before 2000 BCE: The Indus Valley Civilization.

♦ 1500-500 BCE: The Vedic period.

♦ 500 BCE-500 CE: The Epic, Puranic and Classical Age.

♦ 500 CE-1500 CE: Medieval Period.

♦ 1500-1757 CE: Pre-modern period.

♦ 1757-1947 CE: British period.

Hindu – Sanathana Dharma, as it was referred to for centuries until ignorant people called it a “religion”, is founded on an unprecedented knowledge base on the Vedas and Upanishads. This Gnana Dharma permeated the whole continent, as a vast power of intellect and divine knowledge. The Indus Valley civilization of the past was preceded by an era of ultimate universal knowledge founded by Hindu Dharma.

Christianity as a religion evolved in the 1st century and Islam in the 7th century. Both religions are Abrahamic and monotheistic in nature. They believe in one God and believe that the universe is the creation of that God, whom they believe and worship. They are the two greatest religions in the world today. They accomplished this expansion in about 15 centuries.

However, the Hindu Dharma is neither Abrahamic nor monotheistic. Those who follow the Hindu Dharma are free to pray to anyone and anything, even sacred rocks, trees, water, and land. There is no sacred book, no singular god, no singular symbol, or singular or designated place of worship.

The Hindu Dharma has not spread geographically through active preaching and conversions. In fact, it has contracted over time and is now relegated to only part of the Indian subcontinent. Hindu Dharma has been fertile ground for new religions – such is the freedom and tolerance of Hindu Dharma. Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism originated in the sacred land of Bharat. Can a “religion” even imagine giving birth to another?

Religions like Islam, Christianity, and Judaism have little in common with Hindu Dharma. A sanathana dharma cannot be compared to a religion. The ignorant tend to link Hindu Dharma alongside other religions.

Religions have a specific religious framework of their own, and followers of these religions have the legitimate right to practice their religion within this prescribed framework.

The Hindu Dharma has no unique religious framework. Dharma is loosely based on traditions and best practices. Hindu Dharma is like a flowing river, it takes all forms and evolves on its journey, which only culminates in the ocean of Moksha, self-realization.

I share some facts below. I hope that understanding these facts can at least reduce some ongoing religious conflicts inside and outside of Bharat. I think this should lead to some common sense and contain some unwarranted vicious attacks on Hindus.

Hatred has no place in Hindu dharma

In a recent RSS Sarsangchalak speech, Dr. Mohan Bhagwat said without hesitation that those who hate other religions and engage in violent attacks are not Hindu Dharma practitioners. These individuals cannot be considered Hindus. This statement reflects the true spirit of Hindu Dharma.

Those who have lowered the stature of Hindu Dharma from a great ancient way of life to a mere religion have caused irreparable damage over the past 100 years. The constant reference to Hinduism as a religion by those who wanted to pit Hindu Dharma against other religions for political purposes, those who wanted to divide Hindu Dharma practitioners into small fragments of caste and creed, destroyed the divine spirit of the Hindus and its universal reference knowledge.

Tolerance is the essence of Hindu Dharma. It makes good sense to realize that tolerance and hate cannot coexist. Those who practice Hindu Dharma have never attacked other kingdoms, groups, and sects for thousands of years, unless their very geography, life, and identity have been threatened or attacked.

Karma is the only reason for retaliation in Hindu historical timeline. There has never been a proactive attack, even by emperors or Hindu kings historically. Territorial expansionism, dharmic proliferation, ideological wars, civilizational attacks were never actively pursued by the Hindus.

Self-sabotage and hypocrisy

I am shocked at the utter neglect with which the majority of Hindus, especially after independence, have denied their sense of responsibility to their own Dharma, without conscious understanding and attention.

India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was singularly responsible for calling Hindu Dharma a religion through the Hindu Code Act of 1952. In my opinion, this is by far the biggest political conspiracy in India. the history of modern India. However, few Hindu voices have opposed this unwarranted, unsolicited and extremely unsacred decision of the first government of Bharat to relegate a great ancient dharma, a practice of civilizational knowledge and one of the oldest ways of life as a simple religion.

The electoral policies of former Prime Minister Nehru not only lowered the Hindu Dharma into a mere religion, but also turned Hindus against their own. The education of a colonial system destroyed the natural emulation of a great path to self-actualization. Most educated Hindus have forgotten their roots, their divine knowledge base, cultural supremacy, civilizational advance and timidly surrendered to the personalized colonial education system and materialistic bait of Western culture.

Slavery is relentless to this day and unfortunately most Hindus have been conditioned to stand up for evil and hate good even now.


There is not a single reason to hate Hindus, whether in India or elsewhere in the world. Hindu Dharma practitioners have only added immense positive value to the world. Hindus around the world continue to add intrinsic and extrinsic value to the societies in which they live. Hindus do not preach or practice violence and hatred. So why hate them and attack them for nothing?

Those who practice Hindu Dharma have a responsibility to understand the glory of civilization, the core values ​​and the vast ancient knowledge. Hindus must ensure that this Hindu Sanathana Dharma is not considered a religion and equated with other religions. Many future conflicts can be avoided through this responsible global pursuit.

(The author is the BJP’s chief spokesperson and an organizational strategist)


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