Talk:Hindu reform movements

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dude, what is a 'jati'? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) .

Citations seem badly needed for this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sueyen (talkcontribs) 01:08, 17 October 2007 (UTC) The article has irrelevant contents. Importance of "Hare Krishna" is exaggerated.

"In particular, countries of the former Soviet Union and Poland have thriving Hindu communities due to the missionary work of the Hare Krishnas. Most of the Hindu movements, with the exception of the Hare Krishna movement, reflect a more Smarta-like ideology." —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bhupendraraut (talkcontribs) 15:09, 16 March 2010 (UTC)


I think there should be a section mentioning and describing the main sorts of criticism from the orthodox and traditional point of view that Hindu Reformism has received. Without that, it gives us the false impression that Hindu Reformism has risen and proceeded its way without criticism and protest; as if no voice has been raised against its tenets. The Hindu society did not watch the dawn of such movements in complete oblivion or silence, or, even worse, in its unanimous favor. There was dispute and contest. A section on criticism would make the article less one-sided.

Brahmo Samaj[edit]

This article make any mention of Raja Ram Mohan Roy and the Brahmo Samaj movement. Isn't that considered the first real Hindu reform movement? Hokie Tech (talk) 21:48, 18 March 2010 (UTC)Hokie Tech

Ananda Marga as Hindu movement[edit]

The article reads:

The new movements look up to ... Swami Vivekananda; ... Paramhansa Yogananda; Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, although sometimes labeled as being of Hindu origin, does not pertain to or propagate any form of Hinduism

I am removing this as an unreferenced and likely spurious claim. There are several Hindu movements (the Hare Krishnas as a notable example), whose founders have at times strongly claimed separation from Hinduism for whatever reasons, while for all practical purposes the movements follow Hindu practices and adhere to Hindu beliefs, and are more than happy to ride on the Hindu wagon wherever it advances their interests. In this case, there isn't even a reference to an official Ananda Marga position vis-a-vis Hinduism, so I see no reason to clutter the list. —Baba Bom (talk) 21:36, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

I have also removed Stephen Knapp from the list of authors under "In the intellectual field...". Stephen Knapp is a member of the Hare Krishna movement, who has written a number of public-digest books presenting the teachings of the movement in a "public digest" format. He is definitely the odd one out on the list, as is evident from his selection of third-party reviews[1]. From the Hare Krishna ranks, Steven_J._Rosen is a notable and well-published author, but I still wouldn't list him in the same context with Ananda Coomaraswamy and Ram Swarup. —Baba Bom (talk) 21:36, 16 September 2010 (UTC)