In this regard
I am reminded of a communist poet of Maharashtra whom I once met, who described the Gita
as "the greatest mystification the human mind has ever produced." No doubt
Thapar would be inclined to concur.
To put together Hinduism and Buddhism along with Christianity and Islam is itself not a
very bright idea and can barely be sustained intellectually, but Indian Marxists' view of
Hinduism is on the same order as Karl Marx's view of Christianity, or the Chinese
communist view of Buddhism.
Going to them to
understand Hinduism is a lot like going to Marx to understand Christianity or Mao to
understand Chinese Buddhism. Following their Marxist mentors, they accuse Hinduism of
having a political agenda in the guise of religion (which since there is no God in their
view, religion could never have any real spiritual agenda anyway).