[INDOLOGY] Malhotra's motives

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann reimann at berkeley.edu
Mon Jul 20 04:40:40 UTC 2015

Agreed, Dominik.

It is surprising to see all these posts on INDOLOGY trying to justify 

Malhotra proudly says in his 'challenge' to Andrew Nicholson that:

"For the first 10 years of my work in this area, I gave away a 
substantial portion of my life savings in an unsuccessful attempt to 
fund and change the Indologists’ hearts."

So he got tired of giving money to "Western" indologists (whatever a 
Western indologist is) and institutions because those Indologists would 
not change their hearts. In other words, he was not interested in 
sponsoring open research, only research that conformed to his ideology. 
Then, he explains, he turned against /them/, and "became their harshest 

And he profers a threat:

"I have on file a lot of grant correspondence with Harvard, Princeton, 
Columbia, to name just a few. Naturally, they worry that I am exposing 
their secrets. One day I will get someone to organize all that material 
into a publication."

So he is now threatening to punish these /rogue/ Indologists for not 
having converted to his ideology.

Malhotra quotes are from:



On 7/19/2015 9:23 AM, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> I disagree with Al Collins' assertion that plagiarism implies intent.  
> To continue the simile, plagiarism is like manslaughter rather than 
> like murder.  It's what you actually do, not limited by what you 
> intended to do.
> All university-level scholars know that plagiarism is one of the 
> cardinal sins of academic life.  A significant part of our time as 
> teachers is spent drumming it into our students' heads that they can 
> copy stuff, but it *must* be clearly flagged and attributed, and there 
> are limits.  Plagiarism is one of those academic wrongs like moral 
> turpitude, for which people lose their jobs.   As the WikiPedia page 
> says 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism#In_academia_and_journalism>,
> For professors and researchers, plagiarism is punished by sanctions 
> ranging from suspension to termination, along with the loss of 
> credibility and perceived integrity.^[16] 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism#cite_note-16> ^[17] 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism#cite_note-17> Charges of 
> plagiarism against students and professors are typically heard by 
> internal disciplinary committees, by which students and professors 
> have agreed to be bound.^[18] 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism#cite_note-18>
> Precisely because plagiarism is a very big deal, and precisely because 
> we all know about cryptomnesia and false memory (at least, that we're 
> fallible in general terms), academic writers and academic editors must 
> take responsibility for checking written work for plagiarism, just as 
> they check for spelling errors or data errors.  You couldn't defend 
> the publication of a paper full of mathematical errors on the grounds 
> that you never /meant/ to make those errors, and they were unconscious!
> I fail completely to comprehend an argument based on the idea that a 
> book of revisionist historical and intellectual advocacy may be 
> allowed to contain plagarized passages because it does not qualify as 
> research. Plagiarism is a mechanical process of copying without 
> attribution: it doesn't matter whether it's in a book or in a bus ticket.
> It's your responsibility as an aspiring participant in human 
> intellectual life to make your work as good as possible, and that 
> includes /not copying out other people's work and passing it off as 
> your own/.  Consciously or unconsciously, for research or for mere 
> advocacy.
> Best wishes,
> Dominik Wujastyk
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