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.
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
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
the latter were a scholar. Anyway, what is someone with Doniger's
personal and publishing
history doing on a conservative Christian website that publishes
anti-gay viewpoints? Hoping she won't be
many whose responses roiled the blogosphere, I was outraged by Joel Stein's columnin
TIME magazine (July 5, 2010)
in which he described how Indian immigrants have altered his hometown of Edison, New
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 IndiaReal Time. A
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.