RMF Summary: Week of May 30 - June 5, 2011

May 30 
Fw: correction
'The Absent Hero in Lord Meghnad Desai's Narrative' Dr. Vijaya Rajiva (Haindava Keralam,29/05/2011) Two recent books, one by an historian of modern India and...

May 30
Western self-analysis always excuses itself....
Karigar posted this:
Western self-analysis almost always excuses itself even while it (the US in this case) is busy breaking countries via a variety if interventions. Here's a review of a book [Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order . ISBN-10: 9780691125589] by G John Ikenberry (Princeton Professor of politics & Int' affairs) 
... Non-westerners (like most in the Indian intellectual class) are being extremely naive in taking this benign self-image of the West at face value. Per review (at http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/ME28Dj01.html ): [Reviewer uses some Leftist categories to analyse, but still makes key critical points] ...

May 30
DICCI - Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industries
Yesterday I came across DICCI - 'Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industries '. The About Us page provides below info about the organization-

"Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) was established in the year 2005 to instil the spirit of entrepreneurship among dalit youth and to empower them ...
This appears to be a genuine group. More learned members may please comment on it. Just curious if Rajivji has included this somewhere in Breaking India...

May 30

Church of South India Bishops meet CM of TN, Jayalalitha
Interestingly it is a John Malhotra reporting for Christian today website. Church has made deep penetrations in Punjab in recent years. CSI Bishops greet TN...

May 30
This is a very important thread and a real success story where intellectual activism by dedicated Hindus forced a change in the terribly biased discourse, and allowed readers to see both sides of the story. 
Thanks to you: Backtracking by Outlook magazine
Rajiv Malhotra: In an unprecedented move (especially when it comes to dharma), Outlook magazine has printed excerpts from 19 critics of its review. After that these, also printed in a box a portion of my letter to them. This shows clearly the importance of intellectual activism, and not letting injustice continue unchallenged.
To those who wrote to me in a defeatist way asking that I should simply ignore the horrible review, to those who said things like why give our opponents undue importance, and to those gave excuses for not wanting to write, I hope this example will serve to inspire future action by them.
To those who wrote to Outlook, whether their letter was selected to be printed or not, I send my sincere thanks for the support.

May 31
This is another must-read thread. Sandeep Balakrishna, the firebrand Indic scholar, historian, and writer who also manages the very popular "Rediscovery of India" blog, interviews Rajiv Malhotra.
My Interview with Sri Rajiv Malhotra
Sandeep: Hello all, This is my first post here. Last week, I had the fortune to do an email interview of Sri Rajiv Malhotra about Breaking India, ...
You can also read the entire interview on Sandeepweb.

June 2
Facebook discussion on Breaking India
Dear Friends I came across this site on facebook discussin Breaking India book. Are there others in facebook, orkut etc. Rare Book Society of India's Photos -...

June 2

New York Times - Op Ed articles by Kristof
Neeshabda posts:
Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof
"She is 10 and May Be Sold to a Brothel"
 Slavery still exists, as reflected in the story of a 10-year-old Indian girl who wants to be a doctor but may be headed for a brothel. This is the second article in two weeks. The first one identified the 'International Justice Mission' as the group that asked Kristof to go with them. If you goggle the IJM, you will see that they are a Washington DC based christian mission.

The IJM and the use of 'slavery' are the two key words that Rajiv Malhotra has been talking about.

I had written a letter to NYTIMES after the first article appeared. Not only my letter did not get published, this second in the series is out in print today. In the last article the girls were identified by their Hindu names, this time it's only an initial...

June 2
Demanding libraries buy the Book
Karthi has a great suggestion on how you can help: One way to ensure this book is available for reading is to ensure the pubic and academic library buy them. In most western nations a request could be made and is usually procured. I would not advise "donating the book" as this looses its value and the book has greater chances reaching the shelf if a purchase request/demand is made. I have made a request in 1 Academic library and 2 local libraries and an order has already been placed...

June 5
Christianizing Bharatanatayam - Excerpt from "Breaking India"
...We have permission from the authors to cull small exerpts from the book periodically and release it to the Internet...

June 5
This is an important post by Rajiv Malhotra that talks about scientific results that further solidify the thesis of 'Breaking India', while exposing the agenda of vested interests.
Genetics report on the origin of Indians
"The story of our origins"
Open Magazine, May 28, 2011.
"The first thing that the evidence suggests is that the origins of Hartosh's R1a1 haplogroup lie in India. Thus, a large part of Central Asia, Southern Russia, Ukraine onwards to the Czech Republic may well be populated by a 15,000-year-old migration from India. Given the timeframe of the origins of the R1a1 haplogroup in India, it is important to note that this does not rule out a subsequent re-entry of people from Central Asia bearing this marker into India at a much later date. As further sub-lineages of Hartosh's R1a1 are studied, it may well be possible to answer even this question. The second part of their conclusions rests on the fact that the proportion of R1a1 in some Brahmin groups such as those of West Bengal is as high as 72 per cent. This indicates that the origins of Brahmins as a caste may well lie in the R1a1 haplogroup. But since the antiquity of the Ra1a haplogroup in tribals such as Central India's Sahariyas is older than it is among Brahmins, it is reasonable to believe that Brahmins may not be entrants from outside but may have originated as a caste from the tribal population of this country."
Another article that discusses this report is here.

June 5
Seva Bharathis new news
Finally, There seems to be a nationalistic news website opened now by Seva bharathi 

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