SV: Romila Thapar appointed Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at Library of Congress

Jonathan Silk silk at HUMNET.UCLA.EDU
Tue Apr 29 20:21:27 UTC 2003

>Humbly: doesn't the academic and intellectual freedom of a noted Indian
>historian (and threats to that freedom) meet the suggested subject
>David Magier
Please tell me the academic value or contribution to intellectual
freedom offered by the following:

Given that the United States right now has a right-wing government, any
intervention in this case should be couched in careful language.
Otherwise, ignorant republican senators and congressmen might draw the
conclusion that you are just a bunch of leftists trying to keep an
honest conservative out of the job.

My fear is that this *type* thing will quickly degenerate into the
polemics that drove Indology out of business once (? at least once)

I suggest that any further exchanges on this issue should be carried
on off-list.

Jonathan Silk
Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Center for Buddhist Studies
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Box 951540
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
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