Secularism, Colonial hegemony and Hindu “fanaticism”

In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Japan was crushing the United States in business and trade. We saw a plethora of ‘voluntary’ quotas being applied to articles as disparate as automobiles, steel and electronics in trade between the two countries.

Today, with competitive advantage guaranteeing the complete annihilation of the Western world’s textile industry, there are similar ‘voluntary’ restrictions on textile exports from developing countries such as India, Thailand, Mauritius etc. Steel dumping charges by the United States are being used as coercive tools to limit the supply of competitive product from countries as diverse as Brazil, South Korea, India and Russia.

When ISKON – a complete anomaly within the fold of Hinduism, in that it actively proselytized and converted – started to successfully propagate and grow rapidly in the ‘70s, it quickly got labeled as a ‘cult’. In the West, it was vilified, discredited and attacked at virtually all levels; the State, legal, popular media (print, TV, movies) and at the level of ordinary individual discourse.

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