[QUOTE=Surya Deva;57206]if you had any idea how deeply ingrained anti-Hinduism and western supremacy is in even in academic institutions in the West you would pause for concern.
I faced it when studying philosophy at university and daring to challenge the misrepresentations which almost got me kicked out of university. I came very close to it. We were told this as if it was a fact: West = democratic, truth-loving, rational and scientific East = irrational, mystical and authoritarian. I complained about this to somebody at the Hindu society who is a researcher and philosopher. He put me in touch with a teacher of Indian philosophy at Kingston college, who is white and he told me how much prejudice he faced within his own staff against Indian philosophy.
It is not just an isolated problem, it is an institutional problem that has its roots in anti-Hinduism going back to the 19th century. Hegel, Marx made outright chauvanistic statements about India and its culture, and these are some of the most widely read and respected Western intellectuals. Heidigger, Hegel, Husserl were all Western supremists and each wrote on how Western civilisation was the pinnacle of civilisation and history and needed to dominate the entire world.
A film like “Slumdog millionaire” and “Water” gets the highest accloades and praises in the Western media, and yet both represent their culture in the worst light possible. SM shows unrelenting negative images about India, that were so offensive even my mother turned it off when she got 20 min into the film. Water begins by saying “scripture says a woman should burn on the pyre with her dead husband” and this films gets huge acclam, despite being a really slow, repetitive and shallow film - why? Because it portrays Hinduism in a horrible light.
Imagine if Bollywood made a film on the ghettos in America or WACO or the Seattle riots, or the chav and ASBO’s in Britain - you can be rest assured it would not win any awards or acclaim - and get universal condemnation. Why, because West assumes its own superiorty and thus it is OK for it to criticise other cultures, but it is not ok for others cultures to criticise it.
The trouble with this world is not enough of us criticise the West.[/QUOTE]
Our refutations and criticisms of Western civilization will land upon deaf ears. Why? Because the West, in its present state, is superior. They care not for the barbarity characterizing their civilizations 1000, 2000, 3000, or 4000 years ago. What matters to them is that they are superior and the rest of the world is inferior. Ignore the colonialism, imperialism, and the rape of “inferior” races and cultures! Instead, lets shit on the “backwards” societal systems in different nations, discarding the fact that EVERY civilization in its nadir develops some sort of abominable or wretched practice (lets have a wonderful discussion about slavery in America, shall we?).
This is precisely why I dislike the West so much. Instead of expressing remorse for their imperialist, mercantile, and colonialist history, Westerners continue to assert and JUSTIFY their “superiority”. Instead of HELPING other nations develop INDEPENDENTLY, free from the clutches of oil-hungry Western capitalist corporations and Western gambits for power, they continue to try to “Westernize” and “globalize” (meaning develop but under the foot of the West) the rest of the world.
Is this what you call a superior civilization? Is a superior civilization one that produces materialistic, arrogant, supremacist, and hypocritical people? Does a superior civilization denounce “inferior” civilizations and yet run to those civilizations to gain spirituality?
This is why I repeatedly assert that Westerners, especially the kind most prevalent on this forum, can never break free from maya or samsara. This [B]isn’t[/B] a matter of racism but rather one of CULTURE and SOCIETY. Westerners have had quite a history with racism, conquest, violence, war, and so forth and I am afraid to say that such notions of superiority have been so ingrained in Western SOCIETY, that Westerners take their supremacy for granted. It takes CONSIDERABLE amount of work to break free from such willful ignorance.
The West is materially superior; I will grant it that. Even I have great gratitude to the West for enabling us “inferior” and “backwards” peoples to educate and enrich ourselves through immigration and meritocratic systems. But that is where my appreciation ends for I can never find peace in such an incongruous society.
India may be a shithole or a toilet but its where I am the happiest and at one with myself. Even with all its poverty and dirtiness, I can still say this: the harder the path, the greater the triumph. If we Indians keep persevering, keep campaigning for reform, change and the discovery of our roots, I can guarantee that India will once again become the nation it once was.