While his flamboyance establishes Naranappa's dissipations as an identifiable and, at least to some, attractive modus vivendi in Samskara, his anti-brahminic ideological agenda locates his actions within a context, as an extreme reaction to a specific institutional arrangement, where a certain variety of brahminism
has established a stultifying and counterproductive hold over social and cultural expression.
Aikant (2011) rightly asserts, Praneshacharya's brahminism
extends beyond the normal parameters and his self enforced celibacy is a manifestation of his excessive zeal for purity.
It is ridiculous to put Islam on a par with Brahminism
, which considers forceful possession of women in the kshatriya [Hindu warrior] caste legal.
to become inert and cease from all real movement of soul, is Brahminism
, not Christ, not Christianity.
Devanandan: The Gospel and the Hindu Intellectual (CISRS, 1958); Resurgent Hinduism: Review of Modern Movements (CISRS, 1958); Our Task Today: Revision of Evangelistic Concern (CISRS, 1958); The Dravida Kazhagam: A Revolt Against Brahminism
(CISRS, 1959); The Gospel and Renascent Hinduism (SCM, 1959); Christian Concern in Hinduism (CISRS, 1961); Christian Issues in Southern Asia (Friendship Press, 1963)
I won't go so far as to suggest these editors are perpetuating brahminism
In drawing out her argument, Rege criticises the dichotomy between the material and cultural which equates the material to environmental degradation and brahminism
to the cultural:
The powers of a new-age metropolitan Hindutva publicity, as is apparent here, thus lie not in proposing a stable subjective horizon of meaning, but in creating an informatic plane, a project of new age memory, where pulsating, de-enunciated mantras of Brahminism
can enter into diffuse and osmotic relations with metropolitan common sense, techno quizdom, and habit.
For instance, for the lower castes, or Dalits, the only way to gain access to state resources was by co-opting the principles of Brahminism
, which implied a rejection of their ways of life.
Though his American Renaissance contemporaries certainly dabbled in Orientalist images, Poe's own adoption of the arabesque illuminates his aesthetic fascination with decadence and decay, an interest that contrasted sharply with the Transcendentalists' sunny celebration of Persian roses and Indian Brahminism
is not the original religion of India but rather a religious and theological system that overlays and reorganizes older traditions of ritual practice and polytheistic worship.
It seems also to assert that "disinterested," truly "Indian" categories of analysis are not only "hidden" from view, but must be elicited by an agent alien to the "biases" of brahminism
Griswold's description of Sukhothai Buddhism as a blend of "Theravada Buddhism, Saiva Brahminism
, and Tai Animism" ("The Pact Between Sukhodaya and Nan", p.
In arguing for a return from modern Indian secularism to the religious tolerance of premodern times, he seems to me to be underemphasizing the implications of the fact that religious life in India before the onslaught of Western post-Enlightenment modernity was not free from tyrannical Brahminism
and other forms of religious intolerance, on some of which, he has indeed written insightfully.
This revivalist movement of religious bigotry and masculinist aggressivity has indeed become culturally and politically dominant in much of Northern India, the heartland of Brahminism
, where the Ram cult has become much more powerful than ever before.