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, 2019 at 17:53
  • Related: Is Neo-Vedanta a sect of Hinduism?
    – Pandya
    Jan 22, 2019 at 1:05
  • 1
    @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury No. Neo Vedanta is Vedanta through western lens. It's not just Vedanta- caste System.
    – The Destroyer
    Jan 22, 2019 at 3:36
  • 3
    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, 2019 at 6:28
  • 1
    You quoted 2 comments. 1st comment is moot because wiki with references says otherwise. 2nd comment is wrong because the users who say that follow Rajiv Malhotra. He also passed some comments without providing proper sources. Also, it is totally wrong to say Wiki has western bias. According to my observation, many people here take Rajiv Malhotra's words to be true as they are. Jan 22, 2019 at 6:49


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