Vedanta and the Resolution of Human Ego PDF Print E-mail
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By Chitra Raman, on 04-02-2012 21:04

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cr_the_sun_and_canis_majoris.png Humans are now able to split the atom, manipulate a gene, capture and transmit thoughts electronically, and peer into the oceanic abyss as well as the interstellar void. They can even tell a robot stationed in Mars to pick up a rock sample. But these very advances also make possible mutually assured nuclear annihilation, horrific biological warfare, globally coordinated acts of terrorism, and irreversible resource depletion. In every corner of the world today there are escalating cycles of retaliatory violence. There is tremendous and unconscionable economic disparity... In short, we are frequently reminded that knowledge is not the same as wisdom.

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Poses and Poseurs PDF Print E-mail
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By Chitra Raman, on 05-01-2011 00:00

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A recent essay by Wendy Doniger on the website of The Christian Post (December 30, 2010) is titled: Is Yoga a form of Hinduism?  Is Hinduism a form of Yoga? Which leads me to ask: Is American anthropology a form of Donigerism?  Or does Doniger manifest a form of American anthropology? More amazing to me than Doniger's inventiveness is her reputation as an infallible authority on Hinduism.  Many Americans would sooner turn to her than to a Hindu for answers on Hinduism, even if the latter were a scholar. Anyway, what is someone with Doniger's personal and publishing history doing on a conservative Christian website that publishes strongly anti-gay viewpoints?  Hoping she won't be noticed, perhaps?

 

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"Time" for a Sensitivity Check? PDF Print E-mail
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By Chitra Raman, on 26-07-2010 12:58

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joel_stein_blog_pix.jpgLike many whose responses roiled the blogosphere, I was outraged by Joel Stein's column  in TIME magazine (July 5, 2010) in which he described how Indian immigrants have altered his hometown of Edison, New Jersey. But when I shared the letter of protest I sent TIME's editors, I found to my surprise that several on my email list thought I had overreacted to the column. I found similar sentiments reflected in the Wall Street Journal blog India Real Time. A commentary on the furor by Pranay Gupte appeared in the Indian newspaper, The Hindu. (July 1 2010). In it, Mr. Gupte says "I know Mr. Stein well, and he is scarcely a racist." I'm sure that is true. I'm sure too, that Mr. Stein has soft puppy-brown eyes; that he is kind to his grandmother; and that he writes columns that many find hilarious. All of the above does not change the fact that the column in question is just plain offensive.  Which is why it baffles me when, instead of rapping him on the knuckles for knuckleheaded writing, fellow Indians jump up to provide more creative excuses for Stein than does Stein himself.

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