River Sarasvati: Atomic scientists reconfirm location

Sam Garg gargsam at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 8 16:09:14 UTC 2000

As an Indology layperson, who has recently subscribed to the list, I find
myself in agreement with John Smith.  I do not see any hate mongering or
racial prejudice in the statement made by Dominik Wujastyk.  I think we
should err on the side of caution in the Saraswati debate.

I do wish to make the point, though, that Indian scientists/ philosophers
tend, much more than their counterparts in the West, to overlap with
'religion'.  Presumably, this is because there is not the fundamental divide
between science vs. religion in Hinduism. In fact, 'rational learning'
(Gnyana) is considered one of the paths to the 'ultimate truth'.

>From: John Smith <jds10 at CAM.AC.UK>
>Reply-To: Indology <INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK>
>Subject: Re: River Sarasvati: Atomic scientists reconfirm location
>Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 14:47:23 +0000
>On Wed, 8 Mar 2000, Tarek Wani wrote:
> > Dominik Wujastyk <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK> wrote:
> >
> > >I'm afraid that I neither trust nor believe anything said by atomic
> > >scientists about humanistic subjects (or most other subjects).  Let's
> > >to keep this list scholarly, shall we!
> > ...
> > Is it too much to ask to keep racial prejudices and
> > hate-mongering out of this list?
>Bizarre. I might not agree with what Dominik wrote, but I can see no trace
>whatever of racial prejudice or hate-mongering in it.
>I don't think I can be bothered to subscribe to Indology any more: with
>honourable exceptions -- including many Indian contributors, but not
>including Tarek Wani -- it has degenerated into an endless sequence of
>flamewars on topics that are of little interest to me as a fairly
>mainstream Indologist with interests in both ancient and modern India.
>What a pity.
>John Smith
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