September 11 for Indologists
Jan E.M. Houben
j_e_m_houben at YAHOO.COM
Thu Sep 5 13:41:32 UTC 2002
In previous message pl. read GWF Hegel; thanks
Roland Steiner for pointing this out.
--- "Jan E.M. Houben" <j_e_m_houben at YAHOO.COM>
> According to the Indology Archive of September
> 2001 the events of the "eleventh" went entirely
> unnoticed. Justly so, because the focus of the
> List is on "classical Indian civilisation".
> then, although it is not widely known,
> Indologists have their own almost classical
> "September 11".
> Since Herodotus and esp. since F.W.J. Hegel,
> "history" is in the hands of "the West". "The
> West" makes and writes history, even in the
> -- see now also Ranajit Guha, History at the
> Limit of World History, Columbia Univ. Press,
> 2002. September 11 seems to have been an
> exception. At that moment "the East" manifested
> itself unexpectedly -- wrote history -- in "the
> West". It created an impact which redefined the
> relation between the continents and between the
> world religions. After all, it was on September
> 11, 10 o'clock, that Swami Vivekananda's speech
> for the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago
> 1893, took place -- exactly 108 years before
> events on that other September 11, in 2001.
> (Swami Vivekananda spoke on Monday, whereas 11
> September in 2001 was on Tuesday.)
> The link between the two events was *perceived*
> and suggested to me last year by G.B. Palsule
> (author of biography in Sanskrit of
> Jan Houben
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