[INDOLOGY] Fwd: Hitler and MLBD

Dipak Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Mon May 19 02:47:59 UTC 2014

Dear Colleagues,
I am all praise for the noble sentiments expressed. We may, perhaps, also
add the name of Jeanne Corbin (France and Canada) among the fighters
against Hitler. She did not leave an autobiography but one may consult
Louise Watson (1976) on Annie Buller. Unfortunately the relevant writings
are considered taboo in some Western countries.

What strikes me as discordant is that the Indian version of the MLBD
Newsletter, April 2014 does not have any advertisement on the Mein Kampf.
It is necessary to assert if the MLBD authorities in India are aware of its
appearance in the UK. I enquired but have not yet got a reply. But there
are neo-Nazis in the West.
Another point. There are quite a few in the book business who promote the
Mein Kampf. They are of course, free to do so. But List members and their
organizations shoiuld be careful of Amazon etc.
Best wishes and greetings.

On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 10:51 PM, Jan E.M. Houben <jemhouben at gmail.com>wrote:

> Dear list members,
> An indological publisher claiming to  be a "leading Indian publishing
> house on Sanskrit and Indology" and the first to win a Padma award for
> outstanding community service through publishing (accorded to Shantilal
> Jain in 1992), has a scientific reputation which it can choose to maintain
> or throw away.
> To decide to add an isolated non-indological book to the indological and
> new age books published and marketed world-wide is a free choice and it
> makes a free statement.
> Especially if this isolated non-indological book happens to be Mein Kampf
> (already widely available and widely read in India since 1928) -- rather
> than giving the word to real heroes of the period such as Anne Frank (
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diary_of_a_Young_Girl) or the
> non-violent resistance group the White Rose (
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rose).
> Although it contains many unverified points "(citation needed)", it may be
> instructive to have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf
> and associated references to
> http://jungle-world.com/artikel/2013/33/48296.html
> http://rt.com/news/mein-kampf-sales-india/
> Mein Kampf may be tucked away toward the bottom of p. 10 of MLBD
> Newsletter vol. XXXVI No. 4 (April 2014), it appears most prominently on
> the Motilal homepage where it cannot be missed: http://www.mlbd.com/.
> Jan Houben
> On 18 May 2014 10:54, Veeranarayana Pandurangi <veerankp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear list members
>> I dont understand the hues and cries in this list which is mainly a forum
>> for indology on availability of hitlars book on MLBD.
>> Off course I am neither against your decision to cut ties with MLBD  (it
>> is your decision anyway) nor a fan of hitler.
>> hitler has nothing to do in india. there are more national heroes in
>> india to follow.
>> this book is available virtuallly in every nook and corner of the world,
>> freely on WWW http://www.angelfire.com/folk/bigbaldbob88/MeinKampf.pdf,
>> http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mein-kampf-official-nazi-translation-adolf-hitler/1016335572?ean=9780977476091 and
>> even on amzon
>> http://www.amazon.com/Mein-Kampf-Deutsch-Sprache-ungek%C3%BCrzte/dp/1480191353
>> all these editions must be pirated one as it is still in copyright.
>> what is the crime of MLBD if it publishes it for scholarly use just like
>> it is sold on many booksellers cited above.
>> more over MLBD is free institute to publish anything they want. there is
>> no need of justification. this book is not banned even in Germany
>>  according to http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17837325  Mein Kampf:
>> Bavaria plans first German publication since WWII.
>> "The book is not banned by law in Germany, but Bavaria has used ownership
>> of the copyright to prevent publication of German editions since 1945."
>> On Sun, May 18, 2014 at 3:45 AM, Jan E.M. Houben <jemhouben at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> MLBD and its "New Age" wing should withdraw the book OR be boycotted by
>>> authors, readers and conferences.
>>> A longer description is found on:
>>> http://www.mlbd.com/BookDecription.aspx?id=18815
>>> 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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>> Chamarajendra Samskrit College
>> Chamarajpet, Bengaluru.
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