is a domain that has great dangers as well as great opportunities
for the soul. Unless we approach it with critical insight and
self-introspection we may get caught in various illusions or
prejudices that will cause more harm than good.
Ram Swarup was not alone in his work but had an
able colleague and friend who complemented his work on many levels.
Sitaram Goel was actually the main writer in Voice of India. He was
a more researched scholar than Ram Swarup and produced many more
books. Sitaram followed a strong rationalistic point of view that
did not compromise the truth even for politeness sake. His
intellectual rigor is quite unparalleled in Hindu circles where
soft, syncretic and apologetic tones prevail. He took Swarups key
insights and developed them into a profound and incisive historical
and political analysis.
I admired Sitarams honesty,
directness of expression and fearlessness. He complemented the
mystical vision of Ram Swarup with a practical side. He would not
compromise truth for anything. He wouldnt bow down before any
personalities, however great, or indulge in hyperbole and fantasy
like many Hindus. Nor would he seek to escape from existent problems
into some idealistic future. He remained focused on actual issues
and dealt with them with detail and depth.