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Rajiv Malhotra Resource Repository 

Book Summaries

Hitchhiker's Guide to 'Invading the Sacred'

Debate Summaries

Debate on 'Hinduism & Indian Grand Narrative', Delhi University Psychology Department (February 2015)

Panel Debate: We The People: 'Climate Change' for NGOs vs Government? (February 2015, NDTV)

Panel Debate: Culture is the New Politics (January 2015, Jaipur Lit Fest)

Panel Discussion: Matters of Faith (January 2015, Jaipur Lit Fest)

Debate with Prof. Christian Eberhart, at India House, Houston, USA (December 2014)

Debating Hinduism and the Indian Grand Narrative (September 2014, Bengaluru Lit Fest)

Panel Discussion: A country Gagged & Bound? (September 2014, Bengaluru Lit Fest)

Summary of Twitter Debates (February 2014)

Rajiv Malhotra's response to Swapan Dasgupta (March 2014)

Debate with Francis Clooney: Part-1, Part-2

Debate with Mark Tully

Debate with Vijay Prashad

Google Hangout Archive

Video Summaries 

Rajiv Malhotra at the dharma conference, New Jersey, September 2015

Are Sanskrit Studies in the West becoming a New Orientalism? - Distinguished Lecture at Delhi (February 2015)

Art of Living 2015

IHAR Houston Event 2014

Bangalore Literature Festival 2014

Lectures not specific to Hinduism


Forum Summaries


October   Indian DNA and civilization - Reflections, How tapasya leads to anubhava and then knowledgeRajiv Malhotra's messages

August     Forum Response to Prof. Anant Rambachan's critique of Indra's Net

July          ‘The Battle for Sanskrit’ – A Preview of Rajiv Malhotra’s latest book

March       Ignorant Hindu leaders invite Rambachan to represent Hinduism, Two Letters by a Native American on her dharma, The Battle for Sanskrit is Under way,

February   John Dayal, Part-1: An encounter, John Dayal, Part-2: Breaking India



December   Does Devdutt Pattnaik know the meaning of cult?,

November  Avoiding 5 common mistakes when defending Hinduism, RISA's Token Hindus, Aravindan Neelakandan clarifies, The Sanskrit Wars Have Begun, Not Proto Indo European, but Proto Sanskrit,

October     Why Hinduism is simply not equal to Right Wing, Are anthropological studies as carried out in the West a violation of Human Rights, New Jersey evangelists target Diwali for digestion, 

September Sufism: The latest fashion statement among HindusSwami Nithyananda: Persecution 2.0, Avatar or Incarnation: Does it matter?, 

August      Hijacking Sanskrit Away from Hindu DharmaThe strange case of the re-de-re-colonized Ananya Vajpeyi, 

June          Is ISKCON being digested into Judeo-Christianity?, Dangers for India in collaborating with German Indologists, The rape debate: How Western Universalism influences India's intellectual elite, 

March       Transcript: Arun Shourie's Lecture on Indra's Net, Encounters With Western Psychology,  

February   Summary of the Neo-Hindu thesis,

Milestone: Forum completes three years

January     Intolerance in the name of freedom of expression,  

Milestone: 'Indra's Net: Book Launch


December  Why are Hindu Leaders Celebrating the Digestion of Hinduism: Part 1, and Part 2,

November   How does karma theory of Hinduism work?, Digestion versus Inclusivism, Jesus Sahasranamam: Digestion of Hinduism in Kerala, Can the Yogic experience be replicated using psychedelics?, The differences between digestion and conversion, Hindu Leaders in India Celebrate the Digestion of Hinduism,

October       Please understand digestion!Digestion of Onam,The Sita Syndrome, Vibhinnata, Vibhinnate: Hindi and Kannada editions of 'Being Different', NY Times India Ink and Breaking India,

September   Chicago Story: How CPWR was exposed

August          Prevent Digestion and Distortion of Holi,

July              Did Jeffrey Long 'Out' Rajiv Malhotra's new book before publication?, Bhagavad Gita is NOT the Bible of India,

April            Plagiarism Charge against Devdutt Pattanaik - Complete Discussion, 4-10, Is Narayana Murthy a good ambassador for Brand India?Romanization of Sanskrit

March          5-11, 11-17, 17-23, 23-29, Who are our Devis and Devatas?, 29 - April 4

February      3-9, 9-15, 15-21, 21-27, 28 - March 5

Milestone: Forum completes two years

January       3-9, 9-15, 15-21, 21-27, 27 - February 3


December   4-10, Interview with Christian Today, 10-16, American Veda: A Digestion of Hinduism - Part 2, 16-22, Science and Sanskrit, A westerner's challenge - 2, 22-28,
28 - January 3

November   4-10,10-16, 16-22, 22-28, 28 - December 4

October:      1-10, 10-17, 17-23, 23-29, 29 - Nov 4, Summary Thread on Plagiarism, Science and Sanskrit, A westerner's challenge - 1.

(HHG blog launched)



June             American Veda: A Digestion of Hinduism - Part 1,


April            2-8 Part -1, Part -2, 9-15, 16-22, Fair-skin complexion - digestion of indian aesthetics?, 23-29

March          5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26 - April 1

February      6-12, 13-19, Integral Unity vs Synthetic Unity, 20-26, 27 - March 4, A Common Misinterpretation of Unity Consciousness

Milestone: Forum completes one year

January        2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30 - February 5


December    5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26 - January 1

November   7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28 - December 4

September   5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26 - October 2

Milestone: 'Being Different' Book launch
August        1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29 - September 4

July             Case study: Debating with an Elite Convert, 4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31, Debate: Holy Spirit is not Shakti or Kundalini

June             6-12, 13-19, Ramakrishna Mission and Sameness, Digestion of Hinduism and Jesus in India, 20-26, 27 - July 3

May             2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30 - June 5

April            4-11, 11-17, 18-24, 25 - May 1

March          1-6, 7-14, 15 , 17 (Jati) , 15-21, 22-28, 29-Apr 4

February      4-10, 10-16, 16-22, 22-28,

Milestone: 'Breaking India' Book launch

Hitchhiker's Guide to 'Invading The Sacred'


Blogger @BeingDifferent summarizes some of the key findings of the 500+ page book 'Invading the Sacred' (ITS) that represents a scholarly critique of Hinduism Studies in North America. The recent Penguin-books controversy was milked to the max by Wendy Doniger & co., driving the sales of her seriously flawed book "The Hindus' that denigrates Hinduism and India's freedom fighters all the way to the top: #1 best-seller in Amazon's religion section. On the other hand, Rajiv Malhotra has made ITS, the book that rebuts such distorted works by non-practitioners of Hinduism freely downloadable to counter the continuing misrepresentations of Doniger & co. It is noteworthy that Doniger & co. have not been able to challenge any of the scholarly assertions in ITS and have always shied away from a public debate with Rajiv Malhotra. This is a must-read book for Hindus all over the world. Rajiv Malhotra later wrote 'Breaking India', 'Being Different', and most recently, 'Indra's Net'. Each of them a best-selling masterpiece that most readers have described in one word: Unignorable.

The following blogs provide a condensed summary of ITS' findings. We hope this encourages critical-thinking Hindus to take a few weeks to read ITS in its original form fully and recognize the underlying Kurukshetra that has unfolded, and the unprecedented challenges that Hinduism, and indeed, all Dharmic thought systems, face today. 

Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1:   Why is "Invading the sacred" an important book?

Chapter 2:   Academic Hinduphobia

Chapter 3:   Wendy's child Jeffrey Kripal on Sri Ramakrishna

Chapter 4:   Sarah Caldwell - Reinterpreting Hindu Goddess as a symbol of sex and violence

Chapter 5:   Paul Courtright's distortion of Ganesha and Shiva

Chapter 6:   Stanley Kurtz on Hindu mothers and Hijackers

Chapter 7:   Challenges to Wendy Doniger's Sanskrit

Chapter 8:   Assault on Tantra Tradition: Part-1, Part-2

Chapter 9:   Deconstructing The Psychology of Wendy Doniger and Children

Chapter 10: Hinduism Studies in the West: It's all about power

Chapter 11: Scholars should criticize but not define another’s religion

Chapter 12: Balagangadhara on the biblical underpinnings of secularism

Chapter 13: The children of colonial psychoanalysis: part 1, part-2

Chapter 14: Yuvraj Krishan on whether Siva-Ganesa fight is Oedipal conflict

Chapter 15: Yvette Rosser - Kripal on the couch in Calcutta

Chapter 16: Prejudice in Hinduism studies: The case of Microsoft Encarta: Part-1, Part-2

Chapter 17: An Independent Review of Paul Courtright's book on Ganesa - Part-1, Part-2, Part-3, Part-4, Part-5,

Read 'Invading The Sacred' Online

ITS Video section

1. Book Launch

2. Ajit Gulabchand at Book Launch

Other Articles and References

1. Rajiv Malhotra (Risa Lila-1: Wendy's Child Syndrome)
2. Rajiv Malhotra (Risa Lila 2: Limp Scholarship & Demonology)
3. Swami Tyagananda (Jeffrey Kripal's Kali's Child)
4. Vishal Agarwal (Doniger's 'The Hindus')
5. Sandeep Balakrishna (Penguin controversy)
6. Rajiv Malhotra (Rediff interview)

Complete Rediff Interview

Rajivji's messages - Part II: “How have you benefited from Rajivji’s work?”

Rajiv Malhotra's [RM] messages were summarized in a previous blog a few weeks ago. These messages were aimed at a deeper level in that it enumerated the prerequisites (according to RM) that are required to become an Intellectual Kshatriya (IK). One might ask what is the need for an IK? This too was answered to some degree in that blog. To restate the answer in brief - RM's work exposes the deep prejudices prevalent against Dharmic traditions and India within academic and political circles at a global scale. One of the consequences of such prejudices is that Hinduism does not have a seat at the table when the Indic/Hindu traditions are discussed and deliberated upon at power circles which give directions to geopolitics. The end result is the propagation of a distorted view of these age old traditions seriously undermining India's integral unity and thereby India’s role in the world. To counter such unfair prejudices and give the Dharmic traditions their rightful place requires providing correct interpretations of the traditions by virtue of originating from the traditions themselves. This therefore is naturally a battle of the minds. Intellectual Kshatriyas are required.

A cursory glance at India's pre-colonial history will reveal the advances India made, and indeed has contributed, in the field of mind sciences, medicine, mathematics, etc. And yet, India's current image in the world-stage is 'caste, cow and curry - the latest additions being Bollywood and India as a repository of trinkets, which can be bought to adorn one's living space'. How many of the readers have this image of India, while completely oblivious to India's contributions to the world? RM's crusade has been to bring this issue to the fore. Not only that, an even more serious issue is the appropriation of the Indian ideas (on medicine and mind sciences in particular) and peddled as being of non-Indian origin. 

RM has essentially worked to expose these prejudices. Please read the previous blog to get a glimpse of RM's journey in the past 25 years. For those not aware of RM’s works, he has written three books “Breaking India”, “Being Different”, “Indra’s Net” and the main protagonist of a fourth called “Invading the Sacred”. His latest book "The Battle for Sanskrit" is due to come out in Jan.'16. Recently, Aditi Banerjee, a noted professional journalist, described RM's work succinctly - "Rajiv Malhotra has been a ground-breaking thinker and writer on matters related to Hinduism and Indian civilization for decades now. He has single-handedly and courageously challenged a coterie of Western Indologists and associated forces bent on denigrating Indic traditions and [who are] denying the national and civilizational unity of India and Hinduism". Apart from his books, his excellent scholarship on the forces trying to destabilize India has earned him plenary (invited) talks at conferences both in India and, indeed, mostly abroad. He has also debated with top researchers and religious men (Dr. Christian A. Eberhart: Professor of Religious Studies @ University of Houston), Prof. Francis X. Clooney (Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts), media personnel (Mark Tully: Ex-Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi), and shared the dais with policy makers (Arun Shourie), as well as traditional gurus (yoga guru: Baba Ramdev). A simple keyword search with his name results in numerous hits on Youtube (including the ones listed above). His works have prompted articles to be published in journals such as the International Journal of Hindu Studies. It is abundantly clear that his scholarship is excellent which has forced people to think about the arguments he presents.

I have watched most of RM's lectures on Youtube and have read parts of two of his books. While his lectures are lucid and points easily understood, I must caution the uninitiated that his books are not amusement readings! Recently, one of the Discussion group members (Sriram) initiated an interesting discussion topic – “How have you benefited from Rajivji’s works?” To anyone who has been exposed to RM’s works, or perhaps even not exposed to his works, Sriram has asked a very pertinent question. For me, the answer has been an extended awareness of “how the geo-political situation of the world is aligned”. For instance, I can now understand the nuances when a professor of Engineering (as opposed to a Professor in social-sciences/history/Indology) who also happens to be non-Asian, engages me in a discussion about Brahmins and the caste system. I recently read an article about the numbers-game that Evangelicals are involved in. I can now understand their obsession with the target number of conversions they have to achieve in a certain time frame. Rajiv's works have given me a new lens to see the world with. And the more I see the world with this new found lens, the more robust RM’s thesis seems to be. 

But what about the others? What have they gleaned from RM’s scholarship? This short article summarizes the responses from other group members.

To begin with, the audience, at least the ones who have responded to Sriram’s question, come from a diverse background – engineers, current and prospective students, working professionals – the full range, and as diverse a country as Australia to India to South Africa to the USA. The responses had a sense of excitement and they all seem to agree that RM’s work was a revelation and that his work has been an inspiration. Some said they have devoted themselves to becoming an IK, others said they understand what purva-paksha means and its importance, some have started local reading groups to discuss Rajiv's works, and yet others said they now understand the complexities of the problems faced by India. 

Reading through their responses, it appears that there are some profound insights developed in whoever has come across RM's works. These insights can be categorized into the following three sets of keywords: Hinduism and its differences with the Abrahamic religions, the attack on India/Hinduism and its traditions, and the ability to engage in Hinduism related debates. Let us briefly unpack these categories.


Hinduism and its differences with the Abrahamic religions:

First and foremost, there is a clearer understanding of what Hinduism is amongst those who have been exposed to RM's works. There is now an understanding that Hinduism is a Dharmic tradition with integral unity with other Dharmic traditions such as Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Integral unity means that the fundamental basis of all these traditions is the same. The unifying factors being that all of these traditions agree upon the idea of dharma, the need for individual karma (actions) in the present time for an individual’s liberation (as opposed to the idea that an individual's salvation is dependent upon the birth and actions of one figure who appeared in the distant historical past) and the idea of reincarnation. For example, Buddha taught about a Dharmic way of life which is very similar to the ‘yama’ practices found in the yoga philosophy of Hinduism (compare Panchsheela in Buddhism to the five yamas in Patanjali's yoga sutra). More importantly, none of these traditions are based on history-centrism. The implication of non-history-centricism is that even if Buddha/Prince Gautam did not come into being, the principles of Dharma that he eventually taught (i.e. after his enlightenment), would still remain intact. ”Buddha did not teach Buddhism”, said my yoga teacher! I understood what he meant.

In contrast, the negation of the history of Jesus with a birth from a virgin mother would result in the entire religion of Christianity to fall down. Same with the Islamic faith, albeit with the history of Prophet Mohammad in their case. Holding on to the story of Jesus’ birth steadfastly is central to the Christian faith i.e. Christianity is history-centric. Same with the Islamic faith, albeit with the story of Prophet Mohammad in their case.  There are other core differences as well, for e.g. the nature of time in the Dharmic traditions is completely different to the idea of time in the Abrahamic religions.

Attack on India/Hinduism and its traditions:

Perhaps one of the biggest revelations from RM's work is that there is a constant attack on India via Hinduism. Much has been written by RM and indeed others, which need not be repeated here. Pertinent examples will suffice to bring out the relevant points. Here is one. In his recent visit to India, US President Barack Obama, in a tone of complaint, remarked that India's success depends upon India safeguarding the interests of it's religious minorities. Now consider this. Immediately after the India visit, the US President went on a State visit to Saudi Arabia, accompanied with his wife. The strife between Shia and Sunni denominations of Islam in Saudi Arabia (and indeed the Islamic states in general) is well known. And yet, not a word was, or has been, spoken by Mr Obama on the rights of religious minorities in Saudi Arabia. Besides, the reader will recall the massive outcry in Saudi Arabia on Mrs Obama's headscarf, or lack thereof, during this same visit. Indeed, Mr Obama had no comments to make on this incident as well. To put things in perspective, regarding the state of religious minorities in India – Jews, certainly a religious minority in India in terms of absolute numbers, settled in India in distant past going back several centuries. As it turns out, India is one country where the Jews have not been persecuted - not once in their long history of being in India. Note that Britain, Spain or France doesn't have bragging rights on their treatment of Jews in their respective countries in the relatively more recent past.

It would not be remiss here to recount RM's debate experiences with representatives (some of them being at very high positions in their respective faith organizations) of the Abrahamic religions at various platforms over the years. He has espoused the notion of replacing the use of 'religious tolerance', which is a marginalizing idea, with the all-encompassing idea of 'mutual respect'. Needless to say, his attempts have been futile so far. It is noteworthy that representatives of Dharmic traditions have found the idea of 'mutual respect' to be easily acceptable. And yet, President Obama found it appropriate to make a comment on India on its religious affairs! Such is the prevalent geopolitical scenario.

The point here is that the intellectually alert must ponder, and if possible, seek the answers to such questions as - what made Mr Obama comment on India about its religious minorities but not a word on Saudi Arabia? Why are the Abrahamic religions persistent on using the word ‘religious tolerance’?

The attack on Hinduism is on another front – subtle, and yet an equally dangerous process of digestion. Here the useful things/ideas of a given culture is slowly appropriated and disembodied from the original culture by the digesters. The modus operandi is that while one hand is pointing fingers at all that is bad in a given culture, the other hand is gladly appropriating the traditional knowledge systems from the very culture that the former hand is criticizing. William Jones' motif at Oxford is a glaring example (see here). It’s a generic phenomenon which has been repeated in history several times and Hinduism/India is not the only one to suffer. Accelerated attempts at appropriation-digestion of Yoga is one such example that India would do well to take steps to counter. RM gives the example of Christian Yoga where 'Sun salutation (surya-namaskar)' has been changed to 'Son salutation' i.e. Salutation to the Son of God = Jesus, with no mention of the Indian philosophy behind the word ‘surya-namaskar’. The irony of this episode is that one of the five yamas mentioned earlier is called astaya, which means non-stealing! The original true philosophy of yoga has been well and truly stripped off.  

Ability to engage in Hinduism related debates:

Readers, armed with a better understanding, can now engage in intellectual debates on Dharmic tradition vs Abrahamic religions. They have also acquired a new vocabulary, a significant part of which RM calls, the “Sanskrit non-translatables”. Atman, Shradhdha, Dharma are some examples of non-translatables. For instance, ‘Atman’ is not the same as ‘Soul’ and therefore Atman cannot, and should not be translated as 'Soul'. As currently defined, 'Soul' is something that a human being possesses. By extension to non-human forms of life, the claim is that the animals/trees don’t have 'Souls'. Thus, 'Soul' is akin to an object that only a human being can possess, which leaves the body when the physical body perishes (a New Age lingo often heard). Atman, on the other hand, is immanent in everything, both living and inanimate objects and therefore, is present everywhere and at all times. Thus it cannot ‘leave’ from one object to another or from one place to another or from one time to another. Thus 'Atman' and 'Soul' describe two very different philosophies. 'Atman' is non-translatable.

In the final analysis, a veil has been lifted from the reader's eyes and they can now clearly see what is at stake. The readers draw inspiration from RM and his works, have a new found confidence, and they are eager to devote their time to learning - not only from RM's monumental work, but also from other sources. RM’s works coaxes us to do so. 

Some FAQs on the upcoming book 'Battle For Sanskrit'

Rajiv Malhotra responds to some frequently asked questions in the forum on his new book that is being published by Harper Collins, India. The book can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

  1. Is it a book on Sanskrit? No. It is NOT a book on Sanskrit. You will not learn any Sanskrit reading it. Nor will you learn the glories of Sanskrit. There are already many nice books for these topics and many experts far better qualified than me.
  2. Then what is it about? It is a book on the academic field of Indology, a field that is rooted in Sanskrit studies. It is a purva-paksha and uttara-paksha on the output being produced by that field. It examines the substance of the Indological works, as seen from the perspective of an insider/practitioner of our faith. It also examines the power structure of that field and how that has eroded the traditional adhikara. It shows how the ideas starting in this field have become widespread
  3. Is it the same thing more or less as in your prior books? No at all. I do NOT examine any scholar here that I have ever examined previously. Nor are the serious issues here the same as those discussed in my earlier works. Chapter 1 summarizes the main issues very clearly. The Conclusion chapter lists the 18 debates/discussions that are needed going forward as a result of this book's findings. Bottom line: You must read it and not start commenting with your opinions based on prior information and knowledge you have.
  4. Is it about Sheldon Pollock? No. It is about a school of ideology that I have termed "American Orientalism". First I explain the earlier European Orientalism (which I call Orientalism 1.0) and then I explain how this new Orientalism 2.0 is a more evolved/sophisticated and dangerous version. It shows how we are being re-colonized & digested while we are imagining that we are being promoted.
  5. Why so much emphasis on Pollock then? To sharpen my analysis, I never want to discuss in abstractions, but in concrete terms dealing with concrete writings of specific pioneering thinkers. So I always pick one or two top leaders of a given school of thought and focus on that person(s) to make my points. I use Pollock as the leader of this genre, who is in fact the most important Indologist in my opinion that we must study and engage today. Hence, Pollock is a window into a wider phenomenon.
  6. Is this anything to do with Wendy Doniger? Not so. Pollock is not at all like Doniger. He is a far deeper, more accomplished Sanskrit scholar. His criticisms of the Sanskrit texts are not at all based on Freudian psychoanalysis while Doniger's work is based on that.
  7. Are you attacking Pollock? Not at all. I introduce him in detail as a solid scholar. I disagree with his premises, methods and conclusions because these are counter to how our tradition sees itself, especially those who are devout practitioners. But I am respectful of him personally. He is a product of his training and his background, and I am approaching this as an "insider" who is invested in the tradition while he is an outsider with an entirely different investment.
  8. What are your main issues with Pollock and his school? I criticize his determination throughout his work to remove the sacredness, his determination to focus on social oppression which he claims is at the heart of the Sanskrit texts, and his attempts to see our sacred texts as designed for political exploitation. The byline under the title on the cover, "Is Sanskrit ...." says it all. These three issues are each very serious and impact the way our civilization has been misrepresented.
  9. Do you want Pollock and his team to stop their work? Not at all. I believe in intellectual freedom. Nor can I compel them to alter what they do, even if I were to try. It makes no sense to ask the opposing cricket team to stop playing so hard against our team. Furthermore, such churning of opposites is the way manthana works, so it can also be useful for us to face his challenge.
  10. In that case, what is your desired goal in writing this book? My call to action is to the insiders, the traditional scholars, the leaders of our dharma institutions today. They need to wake up, get out of their isolation sitting in silos. They must engage in serious purva-paksha and uttara-paksha. I can with confidence that till now NOBODY IN THE TRADITIONAL SIDE HAS EVER STUDIED POLLOCK OR THE REST OF HIS SCHOOL AND GIVEN A RESPONSE. I know this from numerous traditional scholars I consulted in the course of my own research. Why must I have to do this work while hundreds of scholars with great qualifications and prestigious positions never bothered to do so?
  11. Why have our traditional never bothered to do this kind of work? I address this issue in a specific section of the book, titled, 'Where is the home team?' Later on, in the final chapter, I also have a section that comes back to this issue. It is titled, 'The death of purva-paksha', in which I explain the history of the decline of our purva-paksha tradition. Why did we fail to do this purva-paksha to early Christians, later Medieval Christians after Vasco da Gama, Islamic invaders, more recent Marxists and postmodernists? What caused our "experts" to hide under the fascade of being introverted? Why this capitulation? I offer my explanations and also a psychological model of our vulnerability. This insight can then lead to a remedy that I suggest.

Hitchhiker's Guide to Rajiv Malhotra's Works: Site Map

Namaste! Have you read the book 'Indra's Net'Being Different' or 'Breaking India'? A key focus of this blog is to promote original Indian thought by curating the huge body of work done by Rajiv Malhotra. We summarize key discussions at Rajiv Malhotra's forum, his books, and debates.

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Indology conference 2015 - No due diligence done: Prof Stietencron being honored at Rashtapati Bhavan.

Please follow today's twitter thread discussing this event where this scholar is to be honored.

Request 1: Dont look for bad "person" please. By now you ought to be able to evaluate scholarship.

Request 2: Dont even say he does "bad scholarship". The bowler on the opponent team who gets our batsmen out quickly, cannot be called a bad bowler. He is a great bowler for HIS team. Similarly, many Indologists I critique are good at their job for their civilization. But the basic lens, assumptions, framework, etc used are Western. They are entitled to use their lens. But our leaders should know better, and not simply eat out of their hands.

Prof Stietencron is a figure mentioned in Indra's Net as a pioneer of Neo-Hinduism.  
(two paragraphs from Indra's Net are shown below)

This means his work is based on the assumption that Hinduism is falsely considered to be intrinsically unified. Until recent centuries, he claims, the various streams were not only separate but in mutual conflict. Only recently were these streams brought together into a single philosophy and made to look unified.

In other words, Neo-Hinduism considers our tradition to be a synthetic unity and not an integral unity. The synthesis, according to them, was done recently. This is a big deal for us to understand and contest.

Request 3: Do NOT mix this issue with the history of the name "Hinduism". It does not matter what people called it earlier, or whether they even had any name for it. The issue being discussed by him and me is whether there was a philosophically unified set of ideas across the spectrum we now call Hinduism. If your name changes, it does not mean you are not the same person. After 20 yrs of explaining the basic point I continue to get stupid issues raised like: "Hindu name is new because ....; and therefore, ...." Please focus on what this thread is about, what Stietencron's thesis is, what Neo-Hinduism thesis is.

I am attaching one of his papers referenced in IN. You cant blame his rigor, level of intensity or hard work. The question to ask is whether he exaggerates differences and downplays underlying unity. Does he fail to see the integral unity at the foundation?

To understand the issue from my viewpoint will force you to read IN. Only those who have done so may genuinely contribute to this thread. We are not looking for personal "opinions" or blaming his intentions, or any such generic level of discussion.

Due diligence: I cannot believe the GOI did proper due diligence in this situation, before creating a major Indology conference behind closed doors with some select few voices invited. They might now be claiming due diligence out of defensiveness. This is GOI's very formal and official stamp of approval on Western Indology.

Purva-paksha and uttara-paksha on Stietencron would require GOI to read my critique and address it alongside his work. Otherwise it is one-sided propaganda and awe of a white man just because he is a Sanskrit scholar. Our inferiority complex is so deep towards any Westerners who seems to say a few words of praise for us, who worked hard to study us, etc.

Our purva-paksha tradition does not permit making evaluations based on the personalities of the parties; this must be done strictly on the merits of the intellectual positions they adopt. If GOI claims to have done purva-paksha, can they please publish it as its our civilization and we must be parties to it?

In any case, it would be a better scholarly event if the opponent voices that have critiqued Steitencron were also allowed to discuss their response. I was not even aware of such an event until someone told me on twitter.

Dilemma: Am I wasting my life producing hard research works if the authorities simple do not care to read it? Ironically, many of the persons involved in making such decisions know me and appreciate my work privately. But have they read it? And what happens in "official" decision making?

I mean no disrespect, but merely wish to raise issues articulated in IN. These deserve a hearing before the Neo-Hinduism voice gets GOI blessing.