[INDOLOGY] sad day

David Mellins dmellins at gmail.com
Thu May 22 16:23:43 UTC 2014

I suspect – though I have not done a survey – that many scholars on this
list might also refrain publishing their books at SUNY or Oxford and
similarly sign a petitions should that publishing house begin printing or
distributing *Mein Kampf. *So I think discussions about ethnocentrism and
condescension are inconsequential and misplaced here. Since many scholars,
including myself, are personally acquainted with Jain family, it's
reasonable to express feel and express concern about such a choice in


David Mellins

On Thu, May 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Walter Slaje <slaje at kabelmail.de> wrote:

> Speaking of „the best” – any democratic forum of scholars would certainly
> welcome the request made earlier for more transparency, particularly in
> terms of the precise number of members they (unknowingly) communicate with.
> As to the petition as such, which was launched by a member of the
> committee of our list, a brief check just made reveals a number of 62
> signatories put under the general label of “success” ("Erfolg" on the
> German site):
> http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/motilal-banarsidass-stop-publishing-and-selling-hitler-s-mein-kampf?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides
> We need of course to know how many of us actually are on this list, as it
> is always only the total of a certain fraction that can be used as a
> criterion for assessing something as “success” (or not). Since the petition
> was made an agenda of this, and only this, list, members may justifiably
> expect unrestricted statistical information to gauge its results.
> It was sad to witness how the juste milieu privilege themselves by
> claiming sovereignty over the accessibility, distribution and
> interpretation of a book in an independent state where they cannot claim
> citizenship, and arrogantly try to lecture their colleagues together with a
> publishing house from India very much after the colonial manner of
> educating their (former) subjects. Those schoolmarmishly disciplined could
> now with the same right demand a demonstration of the higher morale
> preached in this list by addressing the committee with the request for
> something rather simple, though essential in the given context, to wit,
> democratic transparency.
> WS
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> 2014-05-22 14:29 GMT+02:00 Rosane Rocher <rrocher at sas.upenn.edu>:
>> It is a sad day when a member of this list chooses to insult the totality
>> of his Canadian and US colleagues with an ethnic/national stereotype and
>> claim such a slur as "truth."  It is the kind of day when one has to remind
>> oneself of the many acts of kindness, generosity, and collegial sharing of
>> information and resources across cyberspace to refrain from hitting the
>> "unsubscribe" option. May the best in us continue to prevail!
>> Rosane
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