Wendy Doniger under attack again

Ronald Davidson rdavidson at FAIRFIELD.EDU
Mon Mar 1 12:40:33 UTC 2010

If one examines the names of petitioners, it is clear that at least part of
the impetus for this is drawn from the neo-Vedic crowd that operates under
the WAVES umbrella: http://www.waves-india.com/index.html

Conspicuous (#4 among the petition signers) is T.R. Narasimha Rao, who
chaired the 13th WAVES conference in Dec. 2009 in New Delhi.  He's a
computer scientist at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University
of Louisiana, Lafayette, and apparently an emblem of the activism of brahman
NRI-s who have embraced their heritage through the lens of modern Hindutva,
but with the added leverage of contemporary Indian fascination with American
institutions. The document they published on Google.docs
(http://tinyurl.com/yjs3vo3) is a classic statement of their position.

Ronald Davidson
Fairfield University

> From: Michael Slouber <mjslouber at BERKELEY.EDU>
> Reply-To: Indology <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
> Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:48:06 +0100
> To: <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
> Subject: Re: Wendy Doniger under attack again
> If you follow the links, they do have a list of examples:
> <http://www.petitiononline.com/dharma10/petition.htm>.
> One problem for the petitioners is that they don't give references for their
> claims, they just say "it is very well known" and "widely considered" and so
> on.  Their grievances may have merit, I don't know, but the way they are
> presented won't be taken seriously.
> Michael Slouber
> On Mar 1, 2010, at 11:34 AM, Viktoria Lyssenko wrote:
>> The Penguin may propose to Mr.Vishal Agarval to support his accusations with
>> examples, arguments and facts. Otherwise, it looks like purely emotional
>> Hindutva rethorics.
>> Victoria
>>> Trouble at t'mill once again.
>>> Vishal Agarwal has posted a message here:
>>> http://www.southasiamail.com/news.php?id=58891
>>> asking people to sign a petition to Penguin demanding that they withdraw her
>>> book*The Hindus: An Alternative History* from publication and that Penguin
>>> apologize (to whom?) for publishing her book.
>>> Best, 
>>> Dominik 
>> Здесь спама нет http://mail.yandex.ru/nospam/sign

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