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Spotlight: A Courageous Exposé

Spotlight: A Courageous Exposé by Kalavai Venkat The movie Spotlight won the Academy Award for best picture recently. It is an admirable movie for many reasons. It retells of a real-life story. It is, ... Continue Reading →
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The Straw Man Fallacy and the Battle for Sanskrit

The Straw Man Fallacy and the Battle for Sanskrit Kalavai Venkat The Battle for Sanskrit: Is Sanskrit Political or Sacred, Oppressive or Liberating, Dead or Alive? (TBFS) is Rajiv Malhotra’s latest book, ... Continue Reading →
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The Doniger Book Controversy

Penguin India reached an agreement with a litigant and agreed to voluntarily withdraw Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History from the market within six months. Doniger decried the decision, ... Continue Reading →
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A Critical Review of Rajiv Malhotra’s Being Different

A critical review of Rajiv Malhotra’s Being Different – An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism By Kalavai Venkat “Dharma traditions resemble Silicon Valley innovation and freedom (whereas) ... Continue Reading →
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Caste: A HAF-baked Lamentation

Caste: a HAF-baked lamentation By Kalavai Venkat A critique of the Hindu American Foundation’s report “Hinduism: Not Cast in Caste Seeking an End to Caste-based Discrimination 2010” Why this critique? The ... Continue Reading →

Is Madhav Deshpande an amnesiac?

Is Madhav Deshpande an amnesiac? By Kalavai Venkat  You are by now aware of the Hindu initiative to end selective discrimination against Hindus in California textbooks, and the organized opposition they ... Continue Reading →

A Critical Review of Paul Courtright’s “Ganesa, Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings”

A Critical Review of Paul Courtright�s �Ganesa, Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings� (Oxford University Press, 1985) Vishal Agarwal and Kalavai Venkat 10 July 2004   Background and Importance ... Continue Reading →

A Critical Review of Romila Thapar’’s “Early India – From The Origins to AD 1300”

A Critical Review of Romila Thapar’’s “Early India – From The Origins to AD 1300” By Kalavai Venkat 21 July 2003   Politics The first striking feature of this revised edition ... Continue Reading →