[INDOLOGY] India and Bharat

Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan Palaniappa at aol.com
Tue Mar 22 19:59:23 UTC 2016

Vamsi Juluri is not a ‘she' but a ‘he’. He is one of the prominent exponents of the Hindutva viewpoint in this country. Just take a look at the endorsers of his book on the back cover of the book ‘Rearming Hinduism’. This fight between ‘India’ and ‘South Asia’ is a favorite of the Hindutva and especially Rajiv Malhotra. Should the Indology list be involved in this? See his article http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/treasurehunt/it-is-time-to-speak-up-against-the-hinduphobia-of-foreign-writers-vamsee-juluri/ <http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/treasurehunt/it-is-time-to-speak-up-against-the-hinduphobia-of-foreign-writers-vamsee-juluri/>.

On a positive note, I am glad somebody on the Hindutva side acknowledges the existence of regional languages and presumably they are Indian and they have a ‘voice’ too. The vision plan for Sanskrit said, "Sanskrit, it is acknowledged, is not just a language. It is the voice of India’s soul and wisdom. It is the link between India’s past and present. It has been the vehicle of Knowledge Tradition of Bharat.” [emphasis mine]


> On Mar 22, 2016, at 1:55 PM, Harsha Dehejia <harshadehejia at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Friends: 
> I was sent this email and since I am not able too respond sufficiently I am taking the courage and liberty of sending it to you all.  Appaentlty Vamsi is fighting to prevent India being lumped with South Asia in her University in California. Her questions are probing and sincere and she needs our support in her fight.
> Please respond to her directly at juluri at usfca.edu <mailto:juluri at usfca.edu>
> Kind regards,
> Harsha
> Prof. Harsha V. Dehejia
> This is the email for Vamsi Juluri
> May I request the historians in the group to share a few points if possible on the following so I could try and put it into a table?
> 1) What are the oldest references in Sanskrit literature to something like "Bharata"? What texts? What periods? What geographical spaces are referred to?
> 2) Are there other names for the Indian subcontinent in Indic texts? Did regional language literatures also have names of their own or was Bharata widely used? If so, from about when? (there's a lot of s asian bs in their letter accepted by the board on how india never had a sense of itself, no unity etc.)
> 3) What are some of the non-Indian names for India from ancient times? Roman/Greek texts, periods, names will be useful. Would anyone in the group also have an idea about Chinese/Korean/Japanese names ? What texts/periods?
> 4) Any other facts and anecdotes and citations that might be helpful.
> Thank you!
> Warmly
> Vamsee
> Vamsee Juluri, Ph.D.
> Professor of Media Studies, University of San Francisco
> Author of Becoming a Global Audience: Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television (Peter Lang), The Mythologist:A Novel (Penguin India), Bollywood Nation: India through its Cinema (Penguin India), Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence  <http://www.rearminghinduism.com/>(Westland, 2015) and The Guru Within (Westland, forthcoming)
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