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Sheldon Pollock, Free Will and Agency

by Divya Jhingran Sheldon Pollock proclaims that “the characters of the ‘Ramayana’ believe themselves to be denied all freedom of choice; … and consequently can exercise no control.” He laments the dire consequences our epics have had on our civilization and wants to set things right by liberating us Hindus from our fatalistic beliefs. If only we could see things through his lens we... 

Andrew Nicholson on Hinduism: Rhetoric of ‘Good Cop/Bad Cop’

by Shrinivas Tilak, PhD, Montreal, Canada In Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History (2010), American Indologist Andrew Nicholson collects evidence in order to argue that there was no single understanding of what it meant to be a Hindu in medieval India. Hindu unity was not a structure created in the late medieval period that has existed unchanged from that point... 

Rajiv Malhotra’s Copy-Editor Thom Loree responds to plagiarism allegation

Recently, a few indologists have tried to corner Rajiv Malhotra with their baseless allegation of plagiarism in his last book Indra's Net. In the midst of war of words, here is an important statement by the copy editor of the book Mr Thom Loree, who labels these allegations as 'unreasonable and grossly unfair'. Here is what he had to say: "As Rajiv Malhotra’s copy-editor, I can state categorically... 

Idea Plagiarism, Paraphrasing, and Quotation Marks

by Praveen Chaddah A clever change of words, or paraphrasing, allows an idea to be plagiarized without detection by plagiarism-check software. Those who cannot manipulate words get the so-called ‘7-word jitters’. Standards being imposed require them to use quotation marks. This requirement is being used by hobbyists and political opponents to seek retraction, or withholding of publication. As... 

Rajiv Malhotra’s attackers must stop playing dangerous childish games and engage his ideas seriously

by Ram Kumar Recently, Indian-American author and historian, Mr. Rajiv Malhotra, has been charged with allegations of plagiarism of some passages in his book Indra’s Net. He is charged with having used certain small passages from Nicholson’s book “Unifying Hinduism” without proper attribution. This lack of attribution has been rightly argued to be a simple oversight, since Nicholson’s... 

Plagiarism is not Indian problem as contended by Sharma

by Naveen Chandra Ph. D. A Christian, parading as a Hindu. Jesuits of 15th Century invented it when they stole from Hindu scriptures and published it as their own without mentioning the source. An American with the help of a Telugu person had the Sumati Satakam translated and then he published it as his own without mentioning the source. He also made money and fame. It now looks from what I read... 

The battle of intellectual Kshatriyas

by Chakravarty Sulibele ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದ ಪ್ರಿಸ್ನಟನ್ ನ ಶಾಲೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಶಿಕ್ಷರರೊಬ್ಬರು ದೆಹಲಿ ಮೂಲದ ಹಿಂದೂವೊಬ್ಬರನ್ನು ವಿವೇಕಾನಂದರು ಮತ್ತು ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣರ ಕುರಿತಂತೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಪಾಠ ಮಾಡಬಾರದೆಂದು... 

Religious Tolerance or Universal Acceptance

(Excerpts from speech delivered by Balesh Dhankhar at 'Youth and Religion - A Multi-faith Conference in Sydney, Australia. Date 21/10/12)  Ekam Satyam Vipra Bahudi Vadanti Friends I wish to start today’s talk with this verse from Ancient Rig Veda (1-164-146), which says - Truth is One. But awakened ones express it differently. It is an attempt to discuss Hindu perspective on Religious... 

How many Holocausts?

How many Holocausts?
By - Balesh Singh Dhankhar There were nine million innocent and helpless Jews perished during the Holocaust while the world at large remained silent. Humanity has paid the price of that silence, and yet didn’t learn anything. Even today a much larger holocaust is taking place, in much larger magnitude, much larger in number of deaths, much more heinous to humanity, just because these innocent... 
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