Rajiv Malhotra's Twitter Debates
Episode 1: Debate with William Dalyrmple (17th Feb, 2014) and Indian supporters. We have subdivided this episode into eight conversation segments, each of which covers a particular topic highlighted by Rajiv Malhotra, followed by the reactions of the opposition.
Episode 2: Debate with Sadanand Dhume, Rupa Subrahmanya and other 'sepoys' who injected themselves into the discussion (18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Feb, 2014)
Episode 1. Challenging The Viceroy's Durbar: Debating William Dalyrmple and his group of sepoys
Episode 1, Conversation 1: On Censorship (17th Feb 2014)
Episode 1, Conversation 2: On the “desi-firangi” divide and colonialism (17th and 18th Feb 2014)
Episode 1, Conversation 4: On cartels and bias at LitFest (17th Feb 2014)
Episode 1, Conversation 5: On institutionalized LitFests as gold standard (17th Feb 2014)
Episode 1, Conversation 6: On the issue of systemic ills v/s Jugaad (17th and 18th Feb 2014)
Episode 1, Conversation 7: On the freedom of speech and the grand narrative (18th Feb 2014)
Episode 1, Conversation 8: On the monopoly of discourse and social capital (18th Feb 2014)
Episode 2: Sepoys to the Right, Sepoys to the Left, Volley'd and Thunder'd..
Episode 2: On the "sepoy mentality" (18th and 19th Feb 2014)
Conclusion"Through such debates we can win, better than any book ban"
We will soon return here with a summary of another Rajiv Malhotra debate. Hope you enjoyed following this debate. We leave the readers with Rajiv ji's final set of tweets that can also be viewed as takeaways from these debates.
@TheRightIndian opined that Rajiv ji should not waste time on sepoys.
"Agree. @RajivMessage being the foremost Indicthinker shld focus on bigger things rather than engage Sepoys on SM @amishra77 @newindianright"
Rajiv ji's own summary is an object lesson for all Hindus who want to debate online. Messages from key tweets are numbered and presented below within quotes. Please follow @RajivMessage on twitter and read his timeline for all the tweets today (February 21, 2014).
1. "Common problem with these "expert on everything" personalities. over-opinionated but under informed @girishbellad @Vaneeshsingh @dhume"
2. "Gardening is not just +ve acts like planting roses but also -ve tasks like killing weeds. We face weeds both foreign nexus & Indian sepoys"
3. "Sepoy is a special kind of crony: serving the cause of Western Universalism imposed upon Indians. A perfectly fine term just like 'crony'"
4. "Postcolonial scholars wrote lots on sepoy mindset. So did Gandhi in 'Hind Swaraj'. Same is valid today. @newindianright @amishra77 @dhume"
5. " Many universities, media groups, lit fests are sepoy training academies. They assume Hindu opponent to be simpleton or unscholarly"
6. "Tejpal was one their heroes: power brokering ==> building brands for friends ==> surrounded by suckers ==> beyond critique ==> arrogant"
7. "Hindu home team must master theory, debating strategies, competitor analysis, & become rugged in battle. Mahabharata is not a picnic."
8. "Dharma should not try to digest adharma just like healthy body should not try to swallow cancer. Must fight it to eradicate"
9. "Home team training starts with reading plus trench warfare for practical experience. Then work your way up into leadership."
10. "Experienced leaders must demonstrate trench warfare to inspire the team & also to warn adharma forces we are not vulnerable"
11. "Wanting to avoid trench warfare is like surgeon who is afraid of seeing blood. Theory without battlefield testing will not be competitive."
12. [Retweet]: @Panduranghari1 " Petition to encourage open debate http://www.activism.com/en_IN/petition/debating-dharma-at-jaipur-literary-festival/54143 … @DalrympleWill @rupasubramanya @RajivMessage @dhume"
13. "@Panduranghari1 @DalrympleWill @rupasubramanya @dhume Through such debates we can win, better than any book ban"