The best way to combat anything in life is to produce a better product. Rajiv Malhotra has done that, I am glad to read both sides of the issues – that’s what ups us to see things rationally. I watched the Video, it is good as well. Indeed, some of the references made were not there either.
This was done to Quran as well in 1142 AD – the Europeans deliberately mistranslated the Quran – to paint it in bad light. It was to cause Christian subjects to hate Islam and Muslims. All the European and American scholars of Islam base their knowledge on that mistranslated book. Unfortunately, even a Muslim has mistranslated it to do the opposite.
All of this is being picked up in the last ten years, I have done quite a lot of work on it and more needs to be done to undo the damage done.
We will be launching “Journal of Pluralism” to set a few things right, we will publish both sides of the issue, if there is a controversy.
However, the ban on the Hindu book by Wendy Doniger and Satanic Verse by Salman Rushdie are wrong. The right thing to do is publish a counter book – as is done by Rajiv Malhotra.
The real issue is freedom of press. No matter how bad and ugly it is, freedom is the right way to guard all in the end. I have opposed any censorship of freedom of expression. If we introduce discretion, then it will create more problems. Thank you
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Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and a book with the same title is coming up. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes all his work through many links.
Interview on Penguin's controversial book withdrawal
- Wendy Doniger lost her clout in the American academy, and being on the defensive, she lost most of the students who earlier thronged at her doorstep for PhDs in Hinduism.
- The American academy made numerous changes (still not enough) to become sensitive to Hindus' views concerning Hinduism, or at least these academics become less blatant in their denigration of Hinduism.
- The most significant change was that there emerged a new appreciation among Hindus and a new mobilization of their leaders. It became widely accepted that it was a bad idea to outsource the study of our tradition to scholars whose lenses were programmed with Judeo-Christian and Marxist premises. In fact, no other major world faith is studied by outsiders with the same authority and power as Hinduism is.