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Independent India (1947-)
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R. Guha, in India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy, offers the following observation about Hindu religion:

It is possible to view the Hindu faith as a river with many branches, tributaries that feed into the mainstream and distributaries that leave it. But perhaps this image is mistaken, for in many respects there is no main river at all. This is a …

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Larson, Gerald J., “Independent India (1947-)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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