After some suggestions from this group, I did finish reading this book. I think I get the point of this book. My problem with it is its inaccessibility. In plain words, it is hard to understand! It uses words that educated people may not know or understand, and assumes and builds on a background that only a tiny minority have! Not that I am afraid of learning new things; with my academic bent (two graduate degrees), and with passing familiarity with social philosophy I only find the text an invitation to follow up citations. But my point is, why does it have to be so difficult? Who was the audience it was intended for? Not laypeople! Surely to be effective and influence a wide swath of people we need texts are easier.
Perhaps I allowed myself to be misled about the true intent of this set of essays from reading the posts here. It is more about criticising Indian politics than Hindu texts. I think a book on hindu texts - (whatever they are, no-one ever told me read anything, just to believe) would actually be a useful preface to this volume.