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A Review on Anwar Shaikh's ETERNITY  by Dr. David Frawley, U.S.A.
A Review on Anwar Shaikh's ISLAM: The Arab National Movement by Bhagawandas P. Lathi
Anwar Shaikh reviews P. N. Oak's book Islamic Havoc in India
Anwar Shaikh reviews Baljit Rai's book Is India Going Islamic?
Anwar Shaikh reviews Keshav Dev Sharma's book The Question of Culture
Anwar Shaikh reviews Pandit Ram Nath Kak's book Autumn Leaves - Kashmiri Reminiscences
Anwar Shaikh reviews Subhash Kak's book The Secrets of Ishbar - Poems on Kashmir and Other landscapes
Anwar Shaikh reviews Ibn Warraq's book Why I am not a Muslim
Anwar Shaikh reviews Dr. N. S. Rajaram's book A Hindu View of the World

 
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Anwar Shaikh reviews Keshav Dev Sharma's book:

The Question of Culture

The above book consists of 318 pages, and has been published by the University Resources Press, P. O. Box 55111, Washington DC 20016. It has also a branch at B-1/1050A Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110070.

"The author studied Owlish literature and Sociology at the universities of Lucknow and Chicago, and taught at some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, Canada and Germany. He has written extensively on a vast variety of subjects and is known for his original research works in history, politics, economics, sociology and Sanskrit. Winner of numerous awards, he is recognized as one of the foremost thinkers of our time.

Professor Sharma is also the author of India's new Constitution for the Second Republic, and is a candidate for election as President of India in 1997.

In this book, Professor Sharma observes:

"Often political expedience leads to an assumption that the conditions under which a person is born constitute his/her culture which for unexplained-reasons must be preserved and perpetuated from generation to generation. If culture of our forefathers were to be preserved in the 'given format' we would all still be living in the hunting and gathering stage."

"People are creative and they evolve better methods of solving problems and move from one kind of culture to another. No culture, except the one based on natural law, is sacrosanct. "

Again, as no two cultures are the same, "conflict among different cultures is unavoidable. But a modern democratic nation-state can grant opportunity to co-exist to all cultures except those that are violent and which are destructive of the nation-state itself."

Professor Sharma is quite right in diagnosing that India's troubles spring from cultural malaise, and he holds the Muslims as the chief culprits. Though there is a lot of truth in his analysis, this is not the whole truth. The Hindu faith, which is originally based on reason and valor, has suffered major setback through Ahimsa and Caste System. if the purpose is to diagnose the disease, one has to state its causes neutrally and boldly, otherwise, the right remedy cannot be prescribed. Therefore, as a compliment to professor Sharma's laudable effort, I have discussed both the Islamic Culture and the Hindu Culture so that the reader can see the truth through comparative study.
 
 

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