[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Hitler and MLBD

Jan E.M. Houben jemhouben at gmail.com
Sat May 17 22:15:39 UTC 2014

MLBD and its "New Age" wing should withdraw the book OR be boycotted by
authors, readers and conferences.
A longer description is found on:
where we also learn that the book is in English (no translator's name is
given), that its Territory is "Available For Sale Worldwide", and that the
book "will give you an insight into one of the greatest evil geniuses of
the last century".
"About the book" contains no justification (attempt) why a scientific
indological or new age publisher should publish this book.
Jan Houben

On 16 May 2014 15:40, <jacob at fabularasa.dk> wrote:

> New Age Books is an associate of Motilal Banarsidass (
> mlbd.com/contactus.aspx). The website of the former (newagebooksindia.com)
> leads directly to the website of the latter (mlbd.com).
> Best,
> Jacob
> Toke Knudsen skrev den 2014-05-16 15:30:
>  Looking up the ISBN number of the book, it appears that it was
>> published by New Age Books on 1/1/2014; see
>> <http://www.lookupbyisbn.com/Search/Book/978-81-7822-464-0/1>.
>> All best,
>> Toke
>> On May 16, 2014, at 9:17 AM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
>> wrote:
>>  Pirated or not, Mein Kampf has been a regular fixture of street-corner
>>> and railway station booksellers in India for decades. I recall it all over
>>> the place even during my first visit to India in 1970. What is surprising is
>>> to see a "respectable" publisher dealing with it. This is why I wanted
>>> to know whether MLBD has
>>> actually published it, or whether it appears only in their distribution
>>> list. In the latter case, higher
>>> management might not be at all responsible, though this would certainly
>>> be a great oversight
>>> on their part.
>>> In any case, it seems to me to be necessary to determine just what MLBD
>>> is doing with this, and
>>> then to make known to them that the Indological community (many of us at
>>> least) consider this
>>> to be unacceptable and that we will recommend that our libraries stop
>>> dealing with them if
>>> they are indeed committed to publishiing or distributing this particular
>>> item. I imagine that
>>> such a move would get their attention in a hurry.
>>> And, if they have indeed published it, I think we should insist very
>>> publically (e.g. in an op ed in
>>> The Times of India or The Hindu) that they have the thing "pulped."
>>> There's not much we can do about the fly-by-night publishers, but MLBD
>>> should know better.
>>> best to all,
>>> Matthew
>>> Matthew Kapstein
>>> Directeur d'études,
>>> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
>>> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
>>> The University of Chicago
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