abbas at IOPB.RES.IN
Tue Jun 1 05:30:40 UTC 1999
On Mon, 31 May 1999, George Thompson wrote:
> I'd even like to discuss, for example, the dating of the Rgveda, but I do
> not know how to do that without stepping into an enormous swamp of
The only solution is the excellent subject line: Resist ! Fight for you
theories, and crush your opponents ! You can't do that on a list where
everyone agrees with you. So indology is the best place to do so. If you
think that somebody is talking nonsense, the only solution is to smash
> but for obvious reasons I do not want to argue with them.
I do not think that by crushing one's opponents that `academic
credibility' is harmed. Rather, good polemics helps the standing of a
theory. It is a useful skill, and is becoming increasingly necessary.
Indeed, the lack of resistance is what encourages the rise of nonsense.
A few years down the road, people will ask, howcome indologists in the
1990s could not refute theories like:
- " Bacchus and Dionysis, among the earliest invaders of Bharat, suffered
such a defeat that feelings of terror ran in Greece"
- " The theory that Rajputs are descendants of Sakas is a European
- " India itself was the original home of the Aryans. All other theories
are Christian conspiracies."
- " The North Pole was in central Bihar "
- " Jesus Christ roamed the Himalayas and drew his ideas from Hinduism."
- " Homer adapted Valmiki's Ramayana into an epic called Iliad. "
- " The cow is the mother of us all, in whose body Gods are believed to
- " Alexander's army was defeated at the hands of Puru and Alexander
himself had to seek forgiveness "
- " Qutb Minar was constructed by Samundragupta, and its original name was
Vushnu Sthambha "
- " When Peshava Madhav Rao came to the throne no one could raise his
eyes. The English, the French and the Portuguese shivered; they
presented gifts in homage in his court with their heads bowed. "
( source : http://www.secularindia.com/Inthenameofhistory.htm )
`Sitting quiet is what has allowed the weeds to grow to the extent that
they have. If they grow further, it shall be difficult to uproot them
later.' - Chinese Proverb
`Fight fire with fire' - Ancient Wisdom
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