Krisna wept!

Pankaj Mishra, writing in the Boston Globe, claims that “Hinduism” is largely a nineteenth-century cobbling-together of a variety of largely disconnected indigenous Indian religious practices, seen through the eyes of Western monotheists. Now that the BJP seems to be riding sectarian violence to political dominance — with little or no audible objection from the United States, happy to have India as an ally against radical Islam — Misra’s account of Hindu nationalism makes grim reading.

It’s amazing how often “ancient religious hatreds” turn out to be relatively recent inventions.

[Another find on Arts and Letters Daily.]

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com