Hindu Leaders in North America?
Version of Record online: 4 APR 2006
Teaching Theology & Religion
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 115–120, April 2006
How to Cite
Sarma, D. (2006), Hindu Leaders in North America?. Teaching Theology & Religion, 9: 115–120. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9647.2006.00272.x
- Issue online: 4 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 4 APR 2006
Abstract. “Are there Hindu leaders in North America”? Can there be leaders of a purportedly invented or imaginary religion that has no shared doctrines or beliefs? This provocative essay offers answers to these and related questions about the nature of Hindu leadership in North America. Three ideal types are examined: Ritualists, Guides, and Administrators. Their roles and responsibilities, though relatively clear in India, have become complicated in their current incarnations in North America. The difficulties are further enhanced when combined with a drive to derive a syncretic form of Hinduism, a pan-Hinduism that never existed before. This article challenges the leaders of Hinduism in North America to confront and perhaps even jettison their invented identity as a way of becoming better leaders.