re IG/IE, Germans and other scum

bpj at bpj at
Fri Feb 28 17:25:35 UTC 1997

At 15:56 28.2.1997 +0000, George Thompson wrote:
>Although RZ has asked us not to respond to his last post, and although the
>list has seen enough of this thread [I'm sure], and although I myself swore
>off of it after my last post, one final word, it seems to me, needs saying:
>The history of Indology can and should be discussed.  The references by
>Dominik and Edwin Bryant [et al.] show that others have considered these
>questions important as well.
>And none of this implies any general or personal hostility toward the
>so-called "Dalitas of Europe", nor, more pertinently, toward any member on
>this list.
>Of course, I'm sure that for most of us, this goes without saying.  But
>sometimes it seems a good idea to say it anyway.

Having been met with the attitude "he can't be a serious scholar, because
he has adopted one of their religions" -- albeit openly only among
"Historians of religion" rather than among linguists/philologists, I can
only say that a lot of housecleaning needs to be done, in western thinking
in general, and not only in certain countries and within certain scholarly
diciplines, because our mindset is still: either you colonialize or you're

May there be happiness to all of you, and indeed to all beings!

Philip Jonsson <bpj at>

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