In other words, according to Dr. Elst, Indic studies by westerners during the colonial period must not always be viewed through a jaundiced political prism... Therefore, to an extent I do agree with Dr. Elst when he says that there were quite a few Indic scholars who had truly gone native and whose views on Hindus and Hinduism were far from being uncharitable.
A synthesis beyond Orientalism - Posted on 19 January 2014 by Amod Lele — 21 Comments↓[Cross-posted at Love of All Wisdom]
The most exciting and polished work of scholarship I’ve seen in this new way of thinking is Andrew Nicholson’s excellent Unifying Hinduism. Nicholson’s book is a study of Vedānta, the Indian philosophical tradition that sees itself as expounding the Upaniṣads. He turns a close and critical eye on nineteenth-century scholars like Richard Garbe and A.E. Gough, pointing out their misrepresentations of Vedānta tradition and how many of those misrepresentations endure today (especially with respect to Vijñānabhikṣu, the main subject of his study). But he also points out the continuities of these Orientalists with the earlier tradition.
Is Liberalism the Cure for India's Socialist 'Virus'? By Chandrahas Choudhury January 23, 2014 21 Comments
“There is an important role,” Sen said, “for a clear-headed, pro-market, pro-business party that does not depend on religious politics.” ... Liberalism stresses the primacy of the individual as an economic and ethical agent -- and, therefore, emphasizes individual power and responsibility, as well as a reduced role for government in making decisions for society. But, as Kaviraj points out, one of the prominent peculiarities of India's democracy is that it was introduced to the nation without a prior historical process of social individuation, as in the West, or “a prior tradition of liberal political thought.”
AAP's guerrilla warfare: Its extraordinary tactics have brought it limited gains and more losses - Economic Times-Jan 23, 2014 By G R Gopinath, TNN 24 Jan, 2014
Being an ex-army officer, i couldn't help thinking that the Kejriwal-led AAP siege of Delhi was classic guerrilla warfare, in which a small group of combatants use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics and extraordinary mobility to fight a larger and less mobile, traditional army. Guerrilla warfare usually succeeds only when the cause is just and the guerrilla leader leads his band of irregular fighters fearlessly and selflessly.
The AAP's woes continue. The admonishments keep flowing in and suddenly it seems as if the same party that had fired so many imaginations can do nothing right.