[INDOLOGY] Eli Franco and the Fate of Indology

George Thompson gthomgt at gmail.com
Mon Jan 16 23:11:05 UTC 2017

Dear List,

This discussion was initiated by a pair of Hindu nationalists who wish to
discredit those of us Indologists who are not Hindu, especially Germans,
for some reason.  I am not Hindu and I am not German.  I am
Anglo-Siberian.  I can say with confidence that my German colleagues here
on this list are not anti-Semitic.  This discussion is not worthy of our

I agree entirely with the view expressed by Roland Steiner, and I think
that Herman Tull's 'two cents' were offensive.

George Thompson

On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 10:25 AM, Roland Steiner via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> I, for my part, am irritated by the insinuated interpretation of Professor
> Falk's remark which I understand in the following way:
> The incriminated subclause "because they are Indians"  -- in the phrase:
> "they want to be taken as authorities, because they are Indians" -- does
> *not* specify the reason of "their" wish for being "taken as authorites"
> (in the sense: because they are Indians, they want to be taken as
> authorities, i.e. Indians want generally to be taken as authorities).
> Instead, it specifies their presumed *individual* reason for being "taken
> as authorities" (= they want: to be taken as authorities merely for the
> reason that they are Indians). One may agree or disagree to this analysis
> of their motives, but I cannot see any reason for being "appalled and
> saddened" by this phrase.
> With best wishes
> Roland Steiner
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