Dr Ali's message regarding "Negationism" by Koenraad Elst
Voice of India
voi at stallion.jsums.edu
Tue Mar 28 17:31:28 UTC 1995
Dear Dr. Ali,
It was not our intention to single out the Indology net. Being a
non-specialist myself, as are our other volunteers in the US, I was not
aware of other scholarly networks like H-ASIA, which was brought to our
notice by a mail responding to our introductory message.
The cacophony we referred to is what we have come to expect from
other networks like soc.culture.indian.
I understand that people who study pre-modern India are not an
automatic audience for political propaganda. However a book which deals
with the way history is written is not merely of interest to people who
specialise in politics. A few readers of this net have responded to our
earlier message, without reacting in the way you have. We feel justified,
therefore, in posting such messages.
We make no pretensions to scholarship -- we will refrain from trying to
hijack this group. If you have any other objections to this sort of
messages, other than a visceral antipathy to subjects you do not wish
to deal with, we will be glad to hear from you, and to learn from your
I remind you that I am only inviting people to tell me if they
wish to have an electronic copy of the book sent to them -- at their
personal address. Except for another couple of introductory messages, I
will not send any more mesages.
I will post some excerpts from the book, which should make it clear that
the book is of interest to bona fide historians.
I will also ask other friends who had volunteered to proof-read
the book for the net, not to send any messages to this newsgroup. This
way I will be solely responsible for the messages that appear.
We are having some problems with our account and mails sent to it are
bouncing back. I apologise to all those who tried to reach us, but could
not. The VOI is not on the indology net, so please respond to me directly.
If the learned members of the net do not object, I will try to get the
VOI on the indology mailing list. I will be very grateful to anybody who
can tell me how to do so.
Please read "I" for "We" in this message. I promise to learn about the
Indolgy nettiquette from your response.
(Volunteering for VOI)
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Date: Tue, 28 Mar 1995 04:42:53 BST
From: Daud R. Ali <daudali at uclink3.berkeley.edu>
To: Members of the list <indology at liverpool.ac.uk>
Subject: VOI message
It seems that Indology is not so a-political after all. Of the various
venues, indology has been singled out by Voice of India as "cacaphony"
free for the dissemination of such a book.
I believe that VOI should understand that just because we study
pre-modern India does not mean that we should be receptive to what I think
can hardly be considered an a-political message. Of course I am
assuming, perahps naively, that everyone would agree on this point.
I suggest that we, if there is some consensus, should respond to Voice
of India that this venue is not for politics. If we fail to do so,
then, well, we must admit that a very hot political topic has been
dropped in our midst, and then, I'm afraid, we will be forced to talk
about it. Communalism and the writing on pre-modern India might actually
be a very interesting topic. If we don't want to take it up, and stick
to our stated "apolitical agenda," then, I think a response to VOI is
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