[INDOLOGY] Dr. Bagchee (was: Re: Exploratory session for Mahābhārata seminar at AAR)

Robert Zydenbos zydenbos at uni-muenchen.de
Thu Nov 7 19:36:03 EST 2019

Dear Readers,

To avoid any possible misunderstandings, I would like to state, once 
again, that Dr. Bagchee has never been affiliated with the Institut für 
Indologie und Tibetologie of the University of Munich, in any way. Nor 
does he ever seem to have approached us. (We would not have accepted his 
kind of work as academically or otherwise intellectually beneficial 

His being listed here among the panelists as “Joydeep Bagchee, 
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich” qualifies as masquerading, to 
the detriment of my institution. As Dr. Grünendahl has already 
mentioned, Dr. Bagchee is not entitled to suggest such a connection.

Dr. Bagchee’s very brief affiliation with another department of the 
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität expired already a year ago, and he was 
explicitly requested by the head of that department to no longer use the 
LMU affiliation. I leave it to the readers on this list, and especially 
to the organizers of that exploratory session at the AAR meeting, to 
draw their own conclusions from this about the academic integrity of the 
person(s) who are responsible for this false mention of affiliation, 
whether Dr. Bagchee and / or others.

Robert Zydenbos

On 2019-11-06 16:42, Collins, Brian via INDOLOGY wrote:

> Dear INDOLOGY List,
> If you will be at the AAR meeting on Monday the 25th, please plan to 
> join us at an exploratory session on "The _Mahābhārata:_ A Text for 
> Classical Hinduism." […]
> Bruce M. Sullivan, Northern Arizona University,
> Vishwa Adluri, City University of New York
> Arti Dhand, University of Toronto
> Frederick M. Smith, University of Iowa
> Michael C. Baltutis, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
> Joydeep Bagchee, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich
> Brian Collins, Ohio University
> Thanks,
> Assoc. Prof. Brian Collins
> Department Chair and Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian 
> Religion and Philosophy
> 234 Ellis Hall
> Ohio University
> Athens, Ohio
> 740-597-2103
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Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos
Institute of Indology and Tibetology
Department of Asian Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (University of Munich – LMU)

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