Graydon Chiapetta writes about anti-Hindu activism in American institutions and ends with this insight about the real agenda behind prominent strains of Western scholarship about India today – the effacement of Hinduism – Sanatana Dharma - as a living 6000 (plus) year tradition from the world. In other words, cultural genocide:
“One scholar, facing the complexity of increasing Harijan, Christian and Muslim sympathy for Hindutva, echoed the true feelings that most Western scholars have always exhibited towards India. Asked how he could analyze such a complex civilization, he replied: “When Hinduism dies, We’ll do a better job.”
My first question is – who is “we” in the last line?
Whom/what does this scholar think he represents?
Is he so politically aware that he openly refers to the major foundations that finance university research?
Is he a conspiracy researcher who approves of the agenda of the money-power, which is to subvert religious beliefs that stand in its way?
Or does he believe that he and his fellow sociologists can really do better for a billion people than their own six thousand year old religious heritage?
Frighteningly, I think this latter is the correct answer.