chapter  2
The archaeology of Hinduism
ByDILIP CHAKRABARTI
Pages 28

Early in the twentieth century, T.H.Holdich commented on Hinduism in his classic work on Indian geography. Unhindered by contemporary dictates of political correctness, he wrote that modern Hinduism might be described ‘as the most contemptible religion in existence’ (Holdich 1904:207). He cited in his support Alfred Lyall’s wry but accurate description of Hindu ritual behaviour.