bpj at netg.se bpj at netg.se
Mon Jun 16 20:28:43 UTC 1997

At 18:25 16.6.1997, Bijoy Misra wrote:
>> If modern
>> Indians want to rehabilitate themselves of the effects of centuries of
>> foreign domination they should stop trying to out-English the English,
>> whining over lost glory, and instead do away with tribalism and amassed
>> social stagnation and injustices and again prove in practice the potential
>> of their great land and its inhabitants!
>> 'Nuf ranted. I've said what I got to say...
>I wish you hadn't said what you said.  This sounds more
>political than scholarly.  While there is tremendous ignorance
>and lack of facts in the subcontinent, we need not advise
>people what they may or may not do.  India is trying to
>struggle and it needs help.

My statements should be seen in context and contrast to that which they
were ment to answer.  Bogus scholarship aimed at political ends surely
helps nobody.  I for one am convinced that scholarship no more than
anything else exists in some kind of ideological vacuum.  We better be open
about this fact.

>To claim that india has the
>social stagnation and freedom rolls everywhere else, is

I never claimed anything of the sort.  I've seen social stagnation on four
continents and live with it daily in northern Europe.

>only an expression of self-righteousness.

If I have offended you I beg your pardon.  I only spoke my heart wrt
certain postings to this list that were self-righteous, if anything is.

>As I have said before, my cultivation to Indology is
>marginal.  And I appreciate the great work done by
>the great scholars in unraveling the roots of India.

Me to.

>At the same time, it is necessary that we keep the
>people out of Indology research, since it amounts to
>reflecting on conduct, morality and sociology,
>which are not necessarily the topics of interest for
>this group.

What do you mean by 'keep the people out of Indology research'? That
Indology should be elitist, only open to an elite and only deal with elite
culture?  I doubt that anything useful can be said on anything that has to
do with culture if one is leaving out social issues.

Well, I know that I can be rather passionate sometimes.  I better stick to
linguistic matters -- hopefully a different passion with a clearer truth...


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