|Visit of St Thomas to Kerala
Devendra posts: See the report that appeared in The New Indian Express on debunking the visit of St Thomas to India. It appeared in the Chennai edition on August 5, 2011. ...
|SAA Rizvi and Imtiaz Ahmad
"A while back it was mentioned in this forum that SAA Rizvi and Imtiaz Ahmed were hounded out of AMU and JNU respectively, apparently for not toeing the Marxist-secularist line of negation, whitewashing and history engineering. Does anyone have any reference for this?.."
(w.r.t. Imtiaz Ahmad)
(w.r.t SAA Rizvi)
[if anybody reads this thread and has some updates, please post in the comments section]
|Christianity: From Religious Microsoft to Spiritual Ubuntu
Is Christianity now beginning to plug into India's God Project ? It was Josh Schrei who first posited the insight that Hinduism was an Open Source project of..
|Professor Ramesh Rao on the Ghulam Nabi Fai issue
Champagne, seminar and ISI
August 05, 2011 11:36:50 PM Ramesh Rao
The genteel face of Track 2 diplomacy was given a crude scar by the FBI’s inquiry into the Ghulam Nabi Fai operation and this time the usual counter (“its Hindu nationalist cant”) is not available for the defense of the liberal elite
About ten years ago, when at a conference in Madison, Wisconsin, I presented a content analysis of The New York Times and The Washington Post’s coverage of Indian matters over a three-year period (1998-2000), I was heckled by some who sought to shut me up. This was when the NDA held the reins in Delhi. In my paper I had concluded that the Post, despite some partisan editorialising, was more circumspect
about Indian matters but the NYT was consistently tendentious and didactic.
The people who tried to shut me up included an academic/activist from California, along with a couple of graduate students representing the “left-secular-progressive” front. For them, anything that was even remotely supportive of the NDA regime was anathema..."
We carry the followups to this post in full without excerpting to ensure that the message is clearly understood. Rajiv Malhotra's response is stinging:
"What Ramesh Rao fails to mention is that Infinity Foundation wanted an analysis of US media bias against India, and he was given the grant to do this work. It was eventually finished with the help of other scholars we brought in... Infinity Foundation also sponsored research by a team of scholars at Penn State University to analyze bias against Indians in US film and television. Likewise, there were grants given to analyze school
textbook biases - years before such topics became fashionable among the diaspora. After 400 such grants to a variety of scholars and many millions of dollars given away over several years, I finally reached the conclusion that I had to publish my own original research that makes its points with hard hitting
facts. This is not a praise for me, but rather an assessment of the shoddy quality of most academic scholars in the humanities especially when it comes to India related work. It seems that the students who were too bad to get into things like science, IT, medicine, law or business are the ones who entered the humanities. Unfortunately, this low caliber lot are empowered to speak as the "experts".
" i am a chemical engr from iit- chennai and do not agree that those who go in humanities are of lower caliber. i would appreciate if we would avoid such comments."
"Emotions and political correctness has no place when hard facts are being discussed.
It is a FACT that bright kids choose careers with best prospects as evidenced by surveys, exam scores of students entering various fields. Based on this, it is TRUE to say that the brightest go for certain disciplines and unfortunately
There was once a time in India when the brightest pursued very intellectual fields without considering material wealth opportunities. Thats why brains like Adi Shankara and hundreds of others we know entered fields where they did not
stand to make any wealth. This is simply not true today. Its reflect on the state of social priorities and the measures by which we judge people.
For you to deny this because it is discomforting is hardly responsible. Instead, you should inquire WHY are bright kids not preferring humanities on ground of principles, and what would it take to encourage that."
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