Being Hindu

Understanding a Peaceful Path in a Violent World

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Hindol Sengupta
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Rowman & Littlefield
    , October
     200 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jeffery D. Long forthcoming.


There are more than one billion Hindus in the world, but for those who don’t practice the faith, very little seems to be understood about it. Followers have not only built and sustained the world’s largest democracy but have also sustained one of the greatest philosophical streams in the world for more than three thousand years. 

So, what makes a Hindu? Why is so little heard from the real practitioners of the everyday faith? Why does information never go beyond clichés? Being Hindu is a practitioner’s guide that takes the reader on a journey to very simply understand what the Hindu message is, where it stands in the clash of civilizations between Islam and Christianity, and why the Hindu way could yet be the path for plurality and progress in the twenty-first century.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Hindol Sengupta is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. He has been short-listed for the Hayek Book Prize given by the Manhattan Institute in memory of the Nobel laureate economist F. A. Hayek. He is the winner of the PSF Award in India, which includes among past winners the late Indian scientist and president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. He is founder of the global information network on change-makers, Grin ( He has been a journalist with Fortune India, the Indian edition of Fortune magazine; Bloomberg TV India; CNN-IBN; and CNBC-TV18.


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