That night was our last and Dr. Kartikeyan, in white, arranged a talk by Bodhinatha at the prestigious Indian Habitat Centre, an elegant and happening place in Delhi.
Bodhinatha’s topic was Hinduism in American, with an emphasis on trends he has been following.
He went back in history, to when there were just 1,700 Hindus in the US (1895) and brought them up to today, with 2.39 million. The talk was wide-ranging and full of statistics and insights.
The audience nearly rose to their feet when questions and answers were announced, challenging, inquiring, seeking further clarifications.
This woman is from Iran, and works for the UN, specializing in women’s issues and protections.
This man has relatives in the US and had much to say about Bodhinatha’s main points.
The group was highly educated
and the questions not easy.
Bodhinatha tackled them all with impressive poise and insight.
Dr. Siva Bajpai attended. He is chairing a conference on “How Deep Are India’s Roots?” Dr. Bajpai is among the world’s most respected Indian historians and has been working with Acharya Arumugaswami on the development of a new and more accurate history of India for US school texts. Long, delightful day and stay in Delhi comes to a close. Tomorrow, off to Singapore at dawn.