It is difficult to present a comprehensive view on Hinduism upon a given subject or issue. Hinduism is not a religion, but a league of religions presenting different – often contradictory- views, set of beliefs and norms. It has a great number of books recognized as scriptures, which individually or collectively – as the case may be, claim the authority over the lives of its adherents. Moreover, there is a long history of traditions, conventions, habits and customs, coming down from over 4000 years that also have to be taken into consideration before taking a definite view of the things so important. This does not make the task so easy, as one may like to think, and acceptable to one and all. One can only be selective and be conscious of its limitation. Secondly, Hinduism is a social structure. Almost all inhabitants of India, irrespective of their religious/racial affiliations, are deeply structured by the social structures and norms of the Hinduism. Caste is the most explicit example of the penetration of Hindu social structures into the social systems of other religious communities, including Christianity; so also the position of women.
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