Indology's Future?

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 15 17:45:24 EST 2000


>3. Maybe it is time ask Western scholars to curtail, indeed extinguish,
>their
>interest in non-Western cultures and histories, and let each group write
>its
>own history the way it thinks is appropriate or truthful.

Gosh, no. I think Indians (and people from other non-Western
cultures) who feel isolationistic should ask themselves how
much they are themselves influenced by Western ideas and
patterns. And make an honest attempt to answer this, before
harping upon isolationism. The answer is not to tell "them"
to go away and leave "us" alone. Instead, some of "us" should
study "them" in turn. In today's world, people should look
for more and better channels of communication, rather than
shutting down the existing ones.

Vidyasankar
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