99% of Indians dropping references to Hindu scripture are insufferable

Sai Ramachandran
4 min readJun 7

I’m Indian. Born a Hindu though I don’t practice much. I now live in India after a dozen plus years abroad.

I’m saying this to establish my bona-fides as an Indian Indian uniquely positioned to comment on Indian ways of doing things seen through a global lens.

What pisses me off

I find insufferable the habit that most Indians have of dropping references to ancient Hindu scripture read in transcription and translation, barely understood and vaguely connected to the topic at hand.

I call these responses from Indians The Great Indian Reply

Is it because I have a colonized mind — which happens to be the usual response to anything critical of Indians by Indians?

In this article, I will build a case for the only reasonable response to the generic Great Indian Reply which uses broad, non-specific responses based on Hindu scripture that we, as a society are collectively guilty of, is to summarily dismiss it.

If the outcome of the case is that I have a colonized mind, I’ll lay that it out there for everyone to see and laugh at.

Here is one example of the Great Indian Reply in the wild.

This long piece by Matthew Botvinick talks about his struggles with accepting the current trend of decoding the brain/mind into constituent parts, his discovery of alternative theories of the brain/mind, and his arrival at his own theory that the mind matters because, well, things matter to it.

In response, there is this one Great Indian Reply.

I have purposely left out the commenter’s name but included the claps because while the specific commenter is not important, the number of claps indicates that this comment was deemed useful by more than one Medium reader.

Here, the answer is so generic and bland that no one can do anything with it.

For example, there are no references to the actual people who wrote about the mind arising and merging back into consciousness.

Well, who wrote this? Where can I read more about it? Have other contradicted these ideas? If yes, how? How did the writer of…

Sai Ramachandran

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