Doniger was Rejected for the Award: Congrats to all supporters of the Hindu cause

via Dr S Kalyanaraman published on March 13, 2010

In a stinging rebuff to Penguin Publishers, the National Book Critics Circle did not award Wendy Doniger’s book the non-fiction award. It is rumored that the publishers lobbied heavily to get the award for this book and this did not go down well with the judges.

The book is full of factual errors and makes many leaps of logic. It also assigns dates to Christian mythological events such as a vision of Jesus and this has not gone down well with scholars. In general, the book’s author is not considered a scholar but a beneficiary of the affirmative action program.

A few years ago, Microsoft Encarta conducted a thorough investigation and pulled Doniger’s article from its encyclopedia after complaints that it had many factual errors and was racist in nature. Scholars have pointed out that Doniger lacks a good knowledge of Sanskrit and her translations are really paraphrases of works of translation done by others.

Antihinduism of Doniger and Penguin is on par with the hate literature of White Supremacist and Antisemitic academics.The legal action started in India by issuing lawyer notices, has to go on in consultation with legal experts.

We shall dare defend Hindu civil rights.

Univ. of Chicago has an ethical and social responsibility to initiate action to remedy academic misconduct by Doniger. After all, the society supports the University and its furniture. A good debate has been started by Pres. of Ohio Univ. questioning the tenure status of some professors, a status not accorded to other professionals in non-education sectors.

The moral of the story is the imperative of Hindu unity to protect dharma.

Dharmo rakshati rakshitah

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