Rajiv Malhotra: In my book “The Battle For Sanskrit”, there is a whole analysis of the power structure that Sheldon Pollock is part of. You must understand that he is part of neo-orientalism – this is what I call the fifth wave of scholarship that has entered India. Before this there were waves such as Post-modernism, Subaltern studies, Post-colonial studies and Marxism etc. They have all evolved and now this huge power structure has a large presence in India in the minds, in the lives of Indian scholars who are part of this structure.
Since Indian scholars are part of this structure, this whole thing is able to function with impunity. That’s what has happened. They can just get away with it. They control the media, they control academic presses, they control journals and we have also discussed that. I have a chapter on that. Then I have a chapter also on the harm and impact it is doing to our society. Then I have a chapter on the sleeping Hindus. After I wrote the book, the biggest attacks that I got was from our own people.
Sonal Mansingh – Liberal Hindus?
Rajiv Malhotra – No. Some Orthodox Hindus are saying who are you to do it? Yeh to humara kaam hain (This is our job). I said but you people are sleeping. Tumne nahin kiya you haven’t done a darn thing so that’s why I’m doing it.
So there is a lobby of people saying that he is not the adhikari, we are the adhikari. If we don’t do it that is okay but you (Rajiv) should not do it. It is more like turf protection.
Then there are people who want to quickly get ahead, who are over-ambitious, over-enthusiastic. Therefore they want to put me aside and just get ahead. So this kind of mentality that shows up in our own people is quite disgraceful.
I started this 25 years ago and now I’m in the third stage. First stage was criticism of western Indology. Second stage was to expose the Indian Left. Now in the third stage, I am against some Hindu intellectuals, or pseudo- intellectuals. Some are opportunists, some are bombastic, over emotional. Some don’t have rigor. So therefore we started this Swadeshi Indology Movement to try and create our own young scholars. To create our own team. This was because I could not go and get people interested in Swadeshi Indology from the Sanskrit universities.
There was an instance when a Sanskrit scholar came to meet me and says that he wants to work with me and discusses the proposal of next conference. I was pleased and told some of my people that it was good that we are getting support. Next day this scholar writes an email to another Sanskrit scholar and stupidly for him copies me also. In this email he says that Sudha Murthy would give them crores while Rajiv cannot give us that much so why to join Rajiv? In other words, he blatantly put in an email that he will sell out to a higher price. So this is the pettiness of our people.
Sonal Mansingh – But tell me who finances them? Who funds Sheldon Pollock?
Rajiv Malhotra – Narayan Murthy funds them big time. Because he gets access to through Columbia University when they put him on Board and Harvard he gets access to deal making. He gets access to the elite, high class club. It is a top level club of prestigious elite kind of people.
Sonal Mansingh – It’s a sellout.
Rajiv Malhotra – It’s like you join some club where you meet the who’s who, you make business deals and you are part of the big circle and all that. It’s like that. So this is our people. This billionaire club is not really very dharmic for us. Many of them are really sold out. Many of these billionaire types are using Indian market and Indian labor to become very rich but really not putting it back into our systems.
Sonal Mansingh – Rajiv, what you said just now about why do they finance it – this whole thing should come out. This should go viral.
Rajiv Malhotra – I have written this in my book called The Battle For Sanskrit.
Sonal Mansingh – But Rajiv everybody is not reading the books.
Rajiv Malhotra – I’m saying I don’t get mainstream platforms. Even some top RSS leaders like Ram Madhav do not invite me to his conclaves.
Sonal Mansingh – What about Social media?
Rajiv Malhotra – On social media we are doing the best. We have a very large number of young people following us. I have now got about 2 million followers on Facebook and about 6000 a day adding. And I checked the demographics – 80% are under the age of 35.
Sonal Mansingh – Great.
Rajiv Malhotra – So this means the youth are following. Twitter I’m not as active. I am putting more time in Facebook and this is a good thing. It means a lot of our people are fed up with what these people are doing what being told. They are fed up of their own leaders, they are fed up of their own some religious leader, their parent, university, or even political leaders.
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