[INDOLOGY] Tagore, Aurobindo, and Malhotra

Robert Zydenbos zydenbos at uni-muenchen.de
Mon Jul 27 17:06:03 UTC 2015

Forgive me, Dr. Resnick – also known as Hridayananda Dasa Goswami
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hridayananda_Dasa_Goswami) who is trying
to "Indian-ize the world"
– but what you are doing is really nit-picking. In any larger group of
people you
will find kooks and weirdoes as well as splendid persons.

As for Dr. Collins' post, which he sent in yesterday, I understand
perfectly what
he was saying: that the better mere Indologists deal too much with
explicit facts,
and do not sufficiently entertain politically correct fantasies of the
kind which
political actors at the right end of the spectrum like to exploit. For
which reason
Indology as an academic discipline needs to be discredited, however mildly.

Had Dr. Collins been a good Indologist, he might not have got the
context wrong. All this talk about the need for reversing the gaze, taking
back things, etc. does not apply in the real world in which Mr Malhotra
about quotation marks in a "Sanskrit character set" (which one? I thought
Sanskrit was traditionally written in the script of the region where it was
written...). I have already stated the facts in my post sent last Friday.
If somebody refuses to read that, or if that somebody is incapable of
digesting those simple statements, then I fear I cannot help that person.


Howard Resnick wrote:

> Despite my profound agreement with Dominik on the great good that
> Indology has done, I struggle with the statement below, since it
> seems to claim for all Indologists at all times a moral and
> methodological purity that history clearly belies. Please note that >
Al Collins said ‘at times’, a phrase that leaves open and debatable >
the frequency and severity of problems within Indology.
> Best, Howard

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