#Thread on #Hindu #Hinduism & #Hindutva. I saw this as an imprudent need & hence the thread as below cc @vivekagnihotri @RatanSharda55 @Sanjay_Dixit @_NAN_DINI @GitaSKapoor @sankrant @DikshitSmita @Shubhrastha 👇🏼Pic: Trimurti Sadashiva sculpture on Gharapuri Island
2/n #Hinduism is a reduced nomenclature given to the Sanatana Dharma by British in 1830s. The word Hinduism is formed by adding suffix ISM to Hindu.

ISM is defined as a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.
3/n It must be understood that Hindu term always had geo-cultural meaning covering for people residing amid Sindhu River, Himalayas & Indu Sagar. Then in this case adding suffix ISM is nothing but mocking English Language. Eg, u can’t add Ism to Japanese and call Japaneism.
4/n The Sanatana Dharma which Brits wanted to name as Hinduism also included Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Vaishnavism etc. The Sanatana has a pluralistic nature & is bound by multiple ideologies. Hence it’s absolutely wrong to define multiple ISMS(ideologies) together as one Ism.
5/n Further it must be understood that the phenomenon of Ism was getting popularity around mid 19th century in West. They were majorly art movements with political intents, eg Modernism, Decontructivism, Expressionism etc. The movements were definitely diff entity than Religions.
6/n The three images below represent 3 distinct isms

Each speak for themselves with a common feature in each. Hence similarly if term #Hinduism is to be used, if must have a singular unified confined idea, which is not the case.
7/n West always added Ism to every religion or ideology which was considered weaker than two strongest religion of time: Islam & Christianity. Even till now Islamism is considered word used for Islamic bigotry. While Christianity was branched Catholicism came in being.
8/n Ism never replaced ITY in Christianity nor Ism got added to Islam, nor Mohammadism came in being. But Ism became suffix in Judaism, which again was perceived as inferior in that era. Addition of Ism to Hindu neither made sense lingually nor it sufficed functionality.
9/n It’s really a matter to ponder upon why ISM never became suffix in two largest religions (Islam & Christianity). Merely a logical thought can explain why calling #Hinduism is big blunder we make everyday. I request @narendramodi ji to establish a R&D for the subject.
10/n The intent of British was absolutely clear while giving nomenclature #Hinduism .The idea was to take away the originality & import the ideas full of inferiority. Look at the strength of their idea. Today even while we bat for Indic ideas, term used if the inferior Hinduism
11/n If Islam & Christianity wants to be recognised by the original name then what’s stopping us to.The start of #HinduRenaissance shud begin by retrospecting about the term. Whatever we may do to uplift Indic ideas if term is not fixed we will keep suffering from identity crisis
12/n We must look to be recognised as Hindus who practice #SanatanaDharma or #Hinduness .Hinduness definitely means adopting to Hindu ideas of the values of Hindusthan/ Bharat. That is what we do best in our capacity.
13/n Adding ISM not only reduces the practice of Santana it also ceases away pluralistic value of Hindusthan. Ism is always defines singular character and it’s never plural.
14/n We also have abundant misconceptions about #Hindutva which must be clarified in one go. If I go by layman’s understanding, I’ll deconstruct the word as Hindu+Tatva.
15/n I believe all are now aware what Hindu stands for & Tatva (/ˈtʌtvə/) is a Sanskrit word meaning 'thatness', 'principle', 'reality' or 'truth'. According to various Indian schools of philosophy, a tatva is an element or aspect of reality.
16/n Hence Hindutva should mean nothing but the Hindu Principle or Hindu Reality or Hindu Element. So any element or entity that has Hindu relation can be attributed as Hindutva.
17/n It’s ironic that various Social Scientists & Political thinkers see Hindutva as fascist & homogeneous in nature though in reality #Hinduism relates to the allegations. As explained earlier ISM is about Homogeneous nature not TATVA.
18/n This state of reversal in language is laughable yet dangerous case. For any layman the first impression of #Hinduism as word will always be that of a homogeneous identity though the practice is open architecture.
19/n The term Fascism too can easily be related with Hinduism. And that’s were the larger conspiracy prevails. The narrative makers want to portray the close relative of Fascism: Hinduism as right term while they keep off the inclusive term #Hindutva .
N/n #Hindutva has always been represented as partisan in nature though it was other way around. We must act before it’s too late. I request @RSSorg @narendramodi @BJP4India to take this up as a movement & get us the definition tat linguistically defines us best.
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