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Some folks on this site are saying:

  • This term was invented by Western Christian orientalists to denigrate the Hindu religion...

  • Paul Hacker coined Neo-Vedanta for spread of Christianity and obviously Wikipedia has Western bias...

but Wikipedia says:

The term "Neo-Vedanta" appears to have arisen in Bengal in the 19th century, where it was used by both Indians and Europeans. According to Halbfass the term was invented by a Bengali, Brajendra Nath Seal (1864–1938), who used the term to characterise the literary work of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1838–1894).

So was 'neo-vedanta' first used by a resident Indian or a European/foreigner?

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    There's nothing offensive in that term as people are saying. Neo-Vedantins are Advaitins who don't believe in the caste system. Traditional Advaitins stand by the caste system.
    – user9969
    Jan 21 '19 at 17:53
  • Related: Is Neo-Vedanta a sect of Hinduism?
    – Pandya
    Jan 22 '19 at 1:05
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    @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury No. Neo Vedanta is Vedanta through western lens. It's not just Vedanta- caste System.
    – The Destroyer
    Jan 22 '19 at 3:36
  • Possible duplicate of Does neo-Vedanta cater to a Western audience? Jan 22 '19 at 4:02
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    This is not a duplicate of the said question because this question was inspired from an answer to that question which doesn't provide any sources for that claim. Jan 22 '19 at 6:28

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