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By: Rajiv Malhotra
This compilation opens with an interview of me conducted by another independent scholar who resides in the United States and who has followed the works of these biased academics for over two decades. Thereafter, this book republishes some of the main writings that first appeared more than a decade back. Hence the writings are of historical value to anyone wishing to have a fair background on what transpired then. I hope you will read this collection of articles with an open mind and form your own views. I wish to thank Abin Sur for editing and formatting the articles into this electronic book.
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The Battle for Sanskrit: Is Sanskrit political or sacred, oppressive or liberating, dead or alive?”
By: Rajiv Malhotra
There is a new awakening that is challenging the ongoing westernization of the discourse about India. The Battle for Sanskrit seeks to alert traditional scholars of Sanskrit and sanskriti ‑ Indian civilization ‑ concerning an important school of thought that has its base in the US and that has started to dominate the discourse on the cultural, social and political aspects of India. This academic field is called Indology or Sanskrit studies. From their analysis of Sanskrit texts, the scholars of this field are intervening in modern Indian society with the explicitly stated purpose of removing ‘poisons’ allegedly built into these texts. They hold that many Sanskrit texts are socially oppressive and serve as a political weapon of the ruling elite; that the sacred aspects need to be refuted or side lined; and that Sanskrit has long been dead. The traditional Indian experts would outright reject or at least question these positions. The start of Rajiv Malhotra’s feisty exploration of where the new thrust in Western Indology goes wrong, and his defence of what he considers the traditional, Indian approach, began with a project related to the Sringeri Sharada Peetham, one of the most sacred institutions for Hindus. There was, as he saw it, a serious risk of distortion of the teachings of the peetham, and of sanatana dharma more broadly. Whichever side of the fence one may be, The Battle for Sanskrit, offers a spirited debate marshalling new insights and research. It is a valuable addition to an important subject, and in a larger context, on two ways of looking. Is each view exclusive of the other, or can there be a bridge between them? The reader can judge for himself.
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Indra's Net: Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity
By: Rajiv Malhotra
Originating in the Atharva Veda, the concept of Indra’s Net is a powerful metaphor for interconnectedness. It was transmitted via Buddhism’s Avatamsaka Sutra into Western thought, where it now resides at the heart of post-modern discourse. According to this metaphor, nothing ultimately exists separately by itself and all boundaries can be deconstructed. This book invokes Indra’s Net to articulate the open architecture, unity and continuity of Hinduism. Seen from this perspective, Hinduism defies pigeonholing into the traditional, modern and post-modern categories by which the West defines itself; rather, it becomes evident that Hinduism has always spanned all three categories simultaneously and without contradiction.It is fashionable among intellectuals to assert that dharma traditions lacked any semblance of unity before the British period, and that the contours of contemporary Hinduism were bequeathed to us by our colonial masters. Such arguments routinely target Swami Vivekananda, a key interlocutor who shattered many deeply rooted prejudices against Indian civilization. They accuse him of having camouflaged various alleged ‘contradictions’ within traditional Hinduism, and charge him with having appropriated the principles of Western religion to ‘manufacture’ a coherent and unified worldview and set of practices known today as Hinduism. Indra’s Net: Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity provides a foundation for theories that slander contemporary Hinduism as illegitimate, ascribing sinister motives to its existence, and characterizing its fabric as oppressive. Rajiv Malhotra offers a detailed, systematic rejoinder to such views, and articulates the multidimensional, holographic understanding of reality that grounds Hindu dharma. He also argues that Vivekananda’s creative interpretations of Hindu dharma informed and influenced many Western intellectual movements of the post-modern era. Indeed, as he cites with many insightful examples, appropriations from Hinduism have provided a foundation for cutting-edge discoveries in several fields, including cognitive science and neuroscience.
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Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines
By: Rajiv Malhotra and Arvindan Neelakandan
India's integrity is being undermined by three global networks that have well-established operating bases inside India: (i) Islamic radicalism linked with Pakistan, (ii) Maoists and Marxist radicals supported by China via intermediaries such as Nepal, and (iii) Dravidian and Dalit identity separatism being fostered by the West in the name of human rights. This book focuses on the third: the role of U.S. and European churches, academics, think-tanks, foundations, government and human rights groups in fostering separation of the identities of Dravidian and Dalit communities from the rest of India. The book is the result of five years of research, and uses information obtained in the West about foreign funding of these Indian-based activities. The research tracked the money trails that start out claiming to be for “education,” "human rights," “empowerment training,” and “leadership training,” but end up in programs designed to produce angry youths who feel disenfranchised from Indian identity. The book reveals how outdated racial theories continue to provide academic frameworks and fuel the rhetoric that can trigger civil wars and genocides in developing countries. The Dravidian movement’s 200-year history has such origins. Its latest manifestation is the “Dravidian Christianity” movement that fabricates a political and cultural history to exploit old faultlines. The book explicitly names individuals and institutions, including prominent Western ones and their Indian affiliates. Its goal is to spark an honest debate on the extent to which human rights and other “empowerment” projects are cover-ups for these nefarious activities.
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Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism
By: Rajiv Malhotra NOW SHIPPING IN PAPERBACK
India is more than a nation state. It is also a unique civilization with philosophies and cosmologies that are markedly distinct from the dominant culture of our times - the West. India's spiritual traditions spring from dharma which has no exact equivalent in Western frameworks. Unfortunately, in the rush to celebrate the growing popularity of India on the world stage, its civilizational matrix is being co-opted into Western universalism, thereby diluting its distinctiveness and potential. In Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, thinker and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra addresses the challenge of a direct and honest engagement on differences, by reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the observed to the observer and looking at the West from the dharmic point of view. In doing so, he challenges many hitherto unexamined beliefs that both sides hold about themselves and each other. He highlights that while unique historical revelations are the basis for Western religions, dharma emphasizes self-realization in the body here and now. He also points out the integral unity that underpins dharma's metaphysics and contrasts this with Western thought and history as a synthetic unity. Erudite and engaging, Being Different critiques fashionable reductive translations and analyses the West's anxiety over difference and fixation for order which contrast the creative role of chaos in dharma. It concludes with a rebuttal of Western claims of universalism, while recommending a multi-cultural worldview.
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Invading the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America
By: Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas, Aditi Banerjee
India, once a major civilizational and economic power that suffered centuries of decline, is now newly resurgent in business, geopolitics and culture. However, a powerful counterforce within the American Academy is systematically undermining core icons and ideals of Indic Culture and thought. For instance, scholars of this counterforce have disparaged the Bhagavad Gita as a dishonest book ; declared Ganesha's trunk a limp phallus ; classified Devi as the mother with a penis and Shiva as a notorious womanizer who incites violence in India; pronounced Sri Ramakrishna a pedophile who sexually molested the young Swami Vivekananda; condemned Indian mothers as being less loving of their children than white women; and interpreted the bindi as a drop of menstrual fluid and the ha in sacred mantras as a woman's sound during orgasm. Are these isolated instances of ignorance or links in an institutionalized pattern of bias driven by certain civilizational worldviews? Are these academic pronouncements based on evidence, and how carefully is this evidence cross-examined? How do these images of India and Indians created in the American Academy influence public perceptions through the media, the education system, policymakers and popular culture? Adopting a politically impartial stance, this book, the product of an intensive multi-year research project, uncovers the invisible networks behind this Hinduphobia, narrates the Indian Diaspora's challenges to such scholarship, and documents how those who dared to speak up have been branded as dangerous . The book hopes to provoke serious debate. For example: how do Hinduphobic works resemble earlier American literature depicting non-whites as dangerous savages needing to be civilized by the West? Are India's internal social problems going to be managed by foreign interventions in the name of human rights? How do power imbalances and systemic biases affect the objectivity and quality of scholarship? What are the rights of practitioner-experts in talking back to academicians? What is the role of India's intellectuals, policymakers and universities in fashioning an authentic and enduring response?
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The Experience of Meditation
By: Jonathan Shear (Editor), Ken Wilber (Foreword) OUT OF STOCK
The major meditation traditions of the world, each in their own way, aim at the creation of an inner peace and happiness which provokes a solid foundation for action and compassion in the world. This book describes the techniques and experience of the major meditation traditions impacting the West in the words of highly respected practitioners of each tradition. Taken together, they constitute a solid overview of meditation and how the major traditions are similar or different from one another.
Harappan Architecture and Civil Engineering: Contributions to History of Indian Science and Technology Series
By: Joshi & Pati
Scholarly study of the civilization, buildings, approach to science. many illus, maps,including color
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Marvels of Indian Iron Through the Ages
By: Balasubramaniam
Looking back on the glorious tradition of iron making in India, Marvels of Indian Iron Through the Ages provides concrete evidence of the expertise of India's metallurgical knowledge in ancient and medieval times. It describes some of the most marvelous iron creations in India s history: the Iron Pillar of Delhi, the technology behind forge-welded cannons, and the famous wootz-steel of the subcontinent. Simply written and illustrated with line drawings and photographs, the book incorporates the latest research into the history of iron, and is certain to fascinate both serious scholars and general readers by providing them with a rare glimpse into India s rich metallurgical heritage. Science and technology have always been an important part of India s story, as the substratum of its civilization s rationality and secular progress, the basic for pre-colonial Indian Ocean global trade, the foundation for building India s future knowledge society, and a key element in projecting Brand India. This volume is part of a multi-volume series on the subject.
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History of Iron Technology in India
By: Vibha & Tripathi
Detailed historical analysis, chapters on British period, earlier experiences, and growth of new industry
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History of Yoga DVD English
By: Deepika and Ramji OUT OF STOCK
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The Film 'History of Yoga – the Path of my Ancestors' is a 6000 year journey into origin, evolution & development of yoga. Six years of extensive research, filming; contribution of 30 eminent scholars; 35000 kms travel, 137 locations to record from 84 Archaeological sites, 37 Museums, Libraries, Temples & Shrines. The story explores the elements of Yoga in Harappa Civilization, Veda, Jainism, Buddhism, Hath-Yogic practices of medieval times & other peripheral doctrines. The film ends in 19th century where modern science acknowledges the potential of yoga in a new light. India's magnificent Iconography, Temple Art, Diverse Culture & Ancient Relics, Wall paintings, Manuscripts unfold with wisdom of yoga in this path defining Documentary.
WESTERN INDOLOGY & ITS QUEST FOR POWER: Reclaiming Sanskrit Studies Book 1)
Editor: Dr. K. S. Kannan
Infinity Foundation India conducted two conferences in the recent past (in July 2016 and February 2017) which examined the impact of some of the writings of Prof. Sheldon Pollock of Columbia University. While the first conference had four themes, the second had six more; and all these ten topics pertained to the interpretations proffered by Pollock.A conspectus of the various papers in this volume is quite in order here. This volume presents eight papers in two parts – three on what is perceived by the ilks of Pollock as the diabolical influence that Sanskrit and the Śāstra-s have had, directly or indirectly, on Nazism; and five on the vile theme of the putative death of Sanskrit. Available on Amazon Kindle India and also at 12 other global marketplaces.
ŚĀSTRA-S THROUGH THE LENS OF WESTERN INDOLOGY: A Response (Reclaiming Sanskrit Studies Book 2)
Editor: Dr. K. S. Kannan
Infinity Foundation India conducted two conferences in the recent past (in July 2016 and February 2017) which examined the impact of some of the writings of Prof. Sheldon Pollock of Columbia University. While the first conference had four themes, the second had six more; and all these ten topics pertained to the interpretations proffered by Pollock.A conspectus of the various papers in this volume is quite in order here. This volume presents seven papers which respond to Pollock's views on Sastra and Indian knowledge systems. Available on Amazon Kindle India and also at 12 other global marketplaces.
RECLAIMING RĀMĀYAṆA: Disentangling the Discourses (Reclaiming Sanskrit Series Book 3)
By: Manjushree Hegde
This monograph problematises Professor Sheldon Pollock’s interpretation of the Rāmāyaṇa. Available on Amazon Kindle India and also at 12 other global marketplaces.
Traditional Water Management
By: Shah & Manikant OUT OF STOCK
The author has done an exhaustive documentation of the whole diversity of traditional hydraulic structures including their technology of Uttarakhand. This monograph is richly illustrated with photographs maps and several tables. The documentation becomes very precious as the traditional hydraulics today is a vanishing folk heritage. The book demonstrates the direct relevance of this folk scientific heritage in finding solutions to the prevailing water crisis. The author rules out any solution based on privatisation of water. The book strongly pleads for harvesting every drop of rain and every snowflake. The book written in a very lucid style is of interest to both a lay reader and a specialist interested in traditional knowledge culture hydraulics and folk heritage.
Indian Zinc Technology in a Global Perspective
By: J. S. Kharakwal OUT OF STOCK
The book presents the story of this glorious chapter of zinc technology in a global perspective but is aimed at the lay reader. Technical data for the specialists are given in three appendices.
Emerson and the Light of India
By: Robert C. Gordon OUT OF STOCK
Ralph Waldo Emerson was the first American to pioneer the serious exploration of Indian philosophy, and as his own thinking grew over time, Indian philosophy profoundly influenced the course of that growth. Emerson and the Light of India thoroughly investigates the ways in which the scriptures of India shaped the maturing Transcendentalism of this great American thinker. In addition, by analyzing in concrete detail the crucial ways in which the scriptures of India influeneced Emerson's metaphysical development, Light of India repudiates the arguments of those who maintain that Emerson abandoned the optimistic faith of his youth. It makes plain that those who ascribe to Emerson a "Fall" from his early beliefs are demonstrably in error, primarily because of their serious misunderstanding of the influence, on Emerson, of Hindu and Buddhist teachings.
Harappan Technology and Its Legacy
By: D. P. Agrawal OUT OF STOCK
The ancient civilization of the Harappan people covered a vast area and made significant contributions to the evolution of human culture and society. One of its salient features was its technological innovativeness which is somewhat overshadowed by the modesty and functionality of its architecture and artefacts. Its technological expertise is reflected in the architectural, hydrological and engineering feats it achieved. Various aspects of life of the Harappans, that is, their town planning, their system of weights and measures, their drainage, wells and baths, art and crafts, transport, metal artefacts, ceramics, domestication of life and agricultural practices, all reveal the extent of technological skill and knowledge they possessed. This volume documents the various technologies developed by the Harappans by examining a vast amount of data about the Indus civilisation. It reveals the Harappans' architectural achievements, expertise in hydraulics engineering, ceramic technology, metallurgical achievements, and the varieties of artefacts they produced. It explains why the culture has been termed a 'culture of water splendour'. It discusses their many marvels of hydraulic engineering like the Great Bath at Mohenjodaro, extensive reservoirs and water harvesting systems at Dholavira, the underground drainage and storm drains, their techniques of casting, joining and alloying copper and so on. The Harappan technology displays a functional aptness and adaptation to varied ecological settings. Much that exists in the northwestern part of India today has been seen as a refection of this inheritance. The volume would interest historians and archaeologists interested in understanding the achievements of the earliest civilisations and their legacy. Prof. D. P. Agrawal is a noted archaeologist who has participated in excavations of the Harappan site of Kalibangan in Rajasthan and worked on copper technology of the Harappans.
Himalayan Traditional Architecture:with Special Reference to the Western Himalayan Region
By: O.C. Handa OUT OF STOCK
The ancient monuments in the Himalayan interiors are already well-Known to scholars the world over for their artistic grandeur, However, tittle is known about the equally interesting traditional secular architecture-the dwelling houses and other such structures. Made of local material, mostly wood, these buildings form an organic part of the Himalayan biosphere. These buildings, built in different environmental settings, have been cost-effective, congenial, functional and eco-friendly, blending harmoniously with their surroundings. The present work deals with the secular architecture of this region in a holistic manner. How the geo-physical, ethnic, socio-economic and religio-cultural multiplicities have contributed to the development of a variegated architectural mosaic in the Himalayan region, has been lucidly and methodically brought out. An exhaustive glossary of the local technical terms is added for further information. Traditional wisdom in planning and architecture, and functional structural aspects may prove valuable for modern house planning, especially as modern builders seek compatible and eco-friendly architecture in the Vastushastra. Thus, this pioneering work is not only useful and interesting for social scientists and professionals, but for the general reader as well.
History of Metals
By: Chattopadhyay OUT OF STOCK
This book focuses on the important metal objects that have been unearthed from excavations or obtained by explorations from various places to build a cogent account of metals in the region.