Invading the Sacred is the first book by Rajiv Malhotra that deals with many distortions that are perpetuated by Indology studies carried out by Western scholars.
Here are two links to summaries of a couple of chapters/chapter sections available on this forum.
This link summarizes a victory that was achieved for Hinduism by challenging the distorted representation of the Hindu faith that was published in Microsoft Encarta. Microsoft eventually changed the section on Hinduism that they carried, as a result of this challenge. Read more about it here.
This link from the same book exposes the kind of scholarship Western scholars like Wendy Doniger indulge in to denigrate Hinduism on the one hand and project themselves as champions of the faith in public discourse. Read what she has to make of the spiritual practice of tantra here.
Back to the current thread.
Bhaskar wrote in with this:
I wondered how a young woman in France had heard of a caste called the Kammas in far-off South India. Her PhD thesis advisor is a colleague of Christophe Jaffrelot. Jaffrelot has connections with Marxist professors and journalists. So that must be how she landed up in Andhra Pradesh. As soon as she had a thesis to publish, the Hindu had an article on her. (These Marxist intellectuals behave in the same hegemonic way as a dominant caste!)
IBenbabaali said that Kammas have small families in order to preserve their inherited wealth. For that statement to qualify as an intellectual argument, she must consider alternatives such as:
- Kammas have small families because family planning is important in a heavily populated country
- Kammas have small families because all over the world, upwardly mobile people have small families.
I wonder why she missed out this Significant Era of Andhra and Kammas and key personalities of that era. From 3rd Century she skips directly to Vijayanagar Empire.