HINDUISM AND MODERN SOCIAL- ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
BY K. NATARAJAN
SO FAR as can be it is my intention not to go into the questions which are labeled as political, because I am not one of those who believe that America, or any other country in the world, can help us very much in these matters. We are very grateful for the good will and kindly feeling that other countries do have, but this is our own problem, and even if, as some of my friends think, through the influence of America we are going to get some of these things, I do not care for it. We must win what we want by our own exertions.
At the outset I want to tell you, in speaking of modern influences on India, that the modern Western influence was not allowed to play upon Indian life directly as from the West itself. There was a very solid phalanx of men of the greatest intellectual and spiritual caliber in our country who first drew upon themselves this Western influence and allowed to pass, as they thought, only such things as they thought were necessary and conducive to the progress of the country. In that way India has not suffered from the floodgates of modern influence being let loose upon her without any breakwaters to stem the tide. There has been, as I said, a filtering process, a careful filtering process, for the last one hundred years, by men of the highest intellectual and spiritual character in our country, who have analyzed and discriminated and said, "These are the things we want and these are the things we do not want."
Even in the realm of science, which is so peculiarly