To Hindus and non-Hindus well wishers:
To add to the point that we should not pander to the West and reduce our religion into something that fits neatly into the Western reductionist framework, we also should be bold in asserting our superiority. Most Hindus today are very hesistant in asserting superiority and hold onto cultural relativist points that all religions are different but equal. Yet, our forefathers never would have said this. They openly called other cultures adharma, asura or mleccha. They openly talked about stuff being superior or inferior.
The irony is the same people that Hindus try to defend from proud supremist Hindus like me(there are plenty of them on the forum, some of them have not even declared they are Hindu, because they are not proud enough of their identity) just a few decades ago openly derided our culture as inferior/heathen/pagan/primitive/uncivilised. These same people openly made statements like, "We must show them the root of their civilisation in order to destroy it" In the encylopedia of Brittanica blatantly chauvanistic stuff was written about us calling our poetry unsophisticated, our music crude and loud, our architecture rude. Now that I have turned it around, rather than uniting with me in destroying these myths, Hindus are jumping on me for being proud
Yeah, sure Western music is good - by their standards. Not by ours. The truth is their music is crude and loud. I mean come on anybody who is familiar with ragas, tala, sargam will know just how vastly superior our music is. The same goes for our drama and literature; yeah sure they have their Shakespeare's, Miltons, Austens, Elliots - but are they any comparison for our Vyasas and Kalidasas? Absolutely not. It is a whole different league.
Just a few decades ago they would not have hesistated from patronizing you underming all your cultural achivements - so why do you - especially when it is true! We know Indian music is more refined, sophisticated, complex and textured than Western music is. Ditto for poetry; dance; cuisine. So why not assert it? As I said before when they say:
Newton, Dalton, Joules - you say Aryabhatta, Kananda
Einstein, Schrodinger - you say Kapila
Shakespeare, Milton, Elliot - you say Kalisada, Vyassa
Leibiniz - you say Pingala
Sauserre, Bloomfield, Chomsky, Boole, Bakus - you say Panini
Roman empire - You say Mauraya empire, Chola emprie, Gupta empire, Vijaynagra empire
Medicine, Hippocrates - Ayurveda: Sushratua, Charaka
Freud, William James, Jung - You say Patanjali
Mill, Marx, Machivelli - you say Chanakya, Vidhura
Cantebury tales - You say Panchatantra, Hitupodesha
Plato, Aristotle, - You say Gotama, Adishankarcharya
You have what we in hindi say Moor tor Jawab - an answer to break their face i.e., to show them whose really ahead. Then why do you hestitate from doing it?