The Hari Krishna movement, and the West’s awkward romance with ‘global Hinduism’

Jules Evans
10 min readJun 30, 2022
Penguin India’s promotion for Sengupta’s new book

The 20th century was an extraordinary moment in Hinduism’s encounter with the West. For centuries, Hinduism had not expanded beyond India’s borders. Instead, India was colonized by Muslim rulers in the 16th century and invaded by Christian missionaries in the 19th century. But this one-way traffic changed on September 11 1893, when a 30-year-old swami…