[INDOLOGY] Hitler and MLBD

Herman Tull hermantull at gmail.com
Mon May 19 14:36:31 UTC 2014

Thank you, Dominik,  for your fine,  thoughtful letter. It is a truly
eloquent document.

Herman Tull
On May 18, 2014 11:38 PM, "Dominik Wujastyk" <wujastyk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yesterday I wrote to MLDB, protesting about their publication of Mein
> Kampf.  My letter is open, and I've posted a copy<http://cikitsa.blogspot.com/2014/05/mlbd-publishing-mein-kampf.html>to one of my blogs.
> Dominik Wujastyk
> On 15 May 2014 19:54, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I see from the April 2014 issue of the MLBD Newsletter that MLBD is
>> bringing out an edition of *Mein Kampf *by Adolph Hitlar (sic).  It
>> nestles incongruously between Alonso on the Mahabharata and the Black on
>> the Upanisads.
>> This was a shock!  My immediate reaction was that I wish furiously to
>> sever all links with MLBD.  I have already written to Penguin Delhi, asking
>> to withdraw my book from them because of their scandalous pulping of
>> Doniger's book.  Now MLDB is publishing "Hitlar."  Has Indian publishing
>> gone completely mad?
>> My second reaction was, it's not wrong to publish even Hitlar's writings,
>> because how else can interested people find out how misguided he was, and
>> how else can historians combat his ideas.  Free speech and all that.
>> But my final conclusion is that this is indeed completely inappropriate
>> because MLBD presents itself as an Indological publisher, and *Mein
>> Kampf* isn't even remotely connected with serious Indology.  Even
>> participants in the "Indology under National Socialism" debate don't really
>> need a new edition of *Kampf*, surely.
>> I shall therefore be writing to MLBD in protest in the strongest terms
>> about this pubication.  I urge all my colleagues to do the same.  If
>> someone wants to set up a petition, I'll gladly sign it.
>> Best,
>> Dominik Wujastyk
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