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Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Mon Aug 3 21:53:42 EDT 2020


Dear Indology Members,

     I am forwarding this email from Professor Radhavallabh Tripathi about
a Twitter campaign of vilification against Professor Balram Shukla of Delhi
University.  If you have any further questions regarding this matter,
please contact Professor Tripathi [radhavallabh2002 at gmail.com].  With best
regards,

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

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> From: Radhavallabh Tripathi <radhavallabh2002 at gmail.com>
> Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 at 06:32
> Subject:
> To: <indology-owner at list.indology.info>
>
>
> Dear Sir,
> Recently a group on twitter used indecent language against Balram Shukla,
> a well known scholar. I hope you will agree that the fraternity of scholars
> in Indology should show their solidarity to discourage any kind of
> hooliganism aimed against real researchers in Indology. This is to request
> you to put the following statement to be signed by 52 scholars, on your
> group -
>
> “Last week, a group of Twitter users, including the anonymous Twitter
> handle known as True Indology (@TIinExile), launched a series of attacks on
> Dr. Balram Shukla. Dr. Balram Shukla is a distinguished scholar in the
> world of Indological studies. With perfect command over Sanskrit, Prakrit,
> Urdu, Persian, and other languages, he has made remarkable contributions to
> the studies of literatures and cultures of these languages, broadening the
> horizons of comparative literature and culture. With fictitious citations
> and views incorrectly attributed to him, some members of the aforesaid
> group used improper language against Dr. Shukla. We as scholars,
> intellectuals, and authors from diverse fields of cultural and intellectual
> life in this country and beyond would like to condemn the attack on the
> integrity and intent of Dr. Balram Shukla’s scholarship. We speak both as
> inheritors and interpreters of the great culture of plurality, debate, and
> democracy cherished in Indian intellectual traditions. We are equally
> committed to the democratic values and traditions of our contemporary
> social and political life.
>
> India has always been a multi-lingual and multi-cultural country. Some
> groups which have surfaced during the past few decades on social media and
> other platforms are making vicious attempts at tarnishing its unique
> cultural mosaic. It is the need of the hour that all sensible persons
> should stand to resist such moves leading to the erosion of ethics and
> values, which have been the hallmark of our cultural and intellectual
> traditions.
>
>  e- Signed by
>
>
> Radhavallabh Tripathi, Rakesh Pandey, Krishna Kant Chaturvedi, Vijay
> Bahadur Singh, Navjeevan Rastogi, Ashutosh Dayal Mathur, Ramakant Pandey,
> Rita Rani Paliwal, Jayashri Rajgopalan, Avadhesh Pradhan, Sadanand Shahi,
> Mithilesh Chaturvedi, Anamika, Kaushal Tiwari, Vasant Kumar Bhatta, Neelam
> Trivedi, Shilpi Mishra, Anil Pratap Giri, Dinesh Kushwah, Brij Ratan Joshi,
> Sachchidanand Mishra, Alka Tyagi, Shankar Rajaraman, Bajrang Bihari Tiwari,
> Peeyush Daiya, Rajeev Kumar Shukla, Madhav Hada, Probal Dasgupta,
> Satyanarayan Hegde, Archana Joshi, Hitendra Patel, Naresh Keerti, Sadashiv
> Kumar Dwivedi, Pankaj Mishra, Mahesh Champaklal, Rama Shankar Singh,
> Anand Singh, Bharatendu Mishra, Kshetrabasi Panda, Rajesh Joshi, Ram
> Prakash Tripathi, Sangita Gundecha, Shankar Nene, Leena Sakkarwal, Hari
> Prasad Tripathi, Sunil Kumar, Prem Suman Jain, Ashta Bhuja Shukla,
> Sanandan Kumar Tripathi, Pravin Pandya, Manu Lala Sharma, Krishna Kanta
> Sharma and Madhava Deshpande.”
>
> RADHAVALLABH TRIPATHI,
> Former Vice Chancellor,
> Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi.
> Former Professor of Sanskrit,
> Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar.
> Address: Karnatak Chair of Orientology,
> Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
> 812, Shivaji Nagar, Chiplunkar Road,
> Near ILS Law College, Pune 411004 (India)
> Mb. 9999836088, 9399223097
> web site <radhavallabh.co.in>
>  Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIxVtb8ZiBGZxiSBbk_TCZA
>
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