Phalgun Krushna Dwadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5111
- Anti-Hindu Wendy Doniger was rejected for the NBCC Award after protest by HJS (12 Mar 10)
- Hindus denounce Doniger’s book "The Hindus: An Alternative History" (11 Mar 10)
- New York : Protest Rally against Anti-Hindu book written by Wendy Doniger (7 Mar 10)
March 12, 2010
Phalgun Krushna Dwadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5111
As per the following e-mail sent by a devout Hindu, it was came to know that Anti-Hindu writer Wendy Doniger was rejected for the NBCC award for her book in non-fictional category.
Doniger was Rejected for the Award: Congrats to all supporters of the Hindu cause
In a stinging rebuff to Penguin Publishers, the National Book Critics Circle did not award Wendy Doniger’s book the non-fiction award. It is rumored that the publishers lobbied heavily to get the award for this book and this did not go down well with the judges. The book is full of factual errors and makes many leaps of logic. It also assigns dates to Christian mythological events such as a vision of Jesus and this has not gone down well with scholars.
In general, the book’s author is not considered a scholar but a beneficiary of the affirmative action program. A few years ago, Microsoft Encarta conducted a thorough investigation and pulled Doniger’s article from its encyclopedia after complaints that it had many factual errors and was racist in nature. Scholars have pointed out that Doniger lacks a good knowledge of Sanskrit and her translations are really paraphrases of works of translation done by others.
Antihinduism of Doniger and Penguin is on par with the hate literature of White Supremacist and Antisemitic academics.
The legal action started in India by issuing lawyer notices, has to go on in consultation with legal experts.
We shall dare defend Hindu civil rights.
Univ. of Chicago has an ethical and social responsibility to initiate action to remedy academic misconduct by Doniger. After all, the society supports the University and its furniture. A good debate has been started by Pres. of Ohio Univ. questioning the tenure status of some professors, a status not accorded to other professionals in non-education sectors.
The moral of the story is the imperative of Hindu unity to protect dharma.
Dharmo rakshati rakshitah.
A devout Hindu
Hindu activists protest professor Wendy Doniger’s book
Devout Hindus protesting against Anti-Hindu writer Wendy Doniger
The organization Hindu Janajagruti Samiti gathered before a reading of finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards Wednesday night in New York. At issue was the book "The Hindus: An Alternative History" by Dr. Wendy Doniger, a finalist in the nonfiction category.
The group led a protest against Doniger’s book, which they say contains "factual errors, mischaracterizations and hatred for Hindus." Her book, they say, "is a work that promotes bigotry, racism and intolerance. No civilized or decent human being, organization or society will ever support such a book given Dr. Doniger’s persistent verbal violence against Hindus." Despite the strong language, the protest was cordial and peaceful; protesters planned to have samosas afterward.
Doniger, a professor at the University of Chicago, did participate in the reading, along with more than 20 other finalists. On the National Book Critics Circle blog, Eric Banks writes:
For all its historical sweep, The Hindus is a surprisingly personal text, written with vivacious pluck and playful verve. Doniger switches back and forth between a lens wide enough to pack in the panorama of several centuries of subcontinental dynastic history and conquest and one microscopically sharp enough to sort through the granular life in the hoariest myth. Whether writing on bhakti devotional practices of the South or the complicated aftermath of Raj Orientalism, Doniger never misses the bigger picture for the intimate or allows the broad view to get in the way of the key detail. Much as the dynamics of exclusion are a central — maybe the central — part of her interpretation and understanding of the religious complexes of South Asia, The Hindus is acutely sensitive to delve into much in addition to the canon of revered texts. (“To the accusation," she writes, "that I cited a part of the Hindu textual tradition that one Hindu ‘had never heard of,’ my reply is: Yes! and it’s my intention to go on doing just that.”)
The Hindus is the passionate distillation of a career’s work by one of the most accomplished Sanskritists of the past century, a generous and ambitious and gregarious book. As she writes about placing the Ramayana in its historical context, she amply shows how “the human imagination transformed the actual circumstance of the historical period into something far more beautiful, terrible, challenging, and elevating than the circumstances themselves.” At a moment when fundamentalisms of all stripes make absolutist demands on the imagination, Wendy Doniger’s gift of The Hindus stands as a blessed alternative.
The National Book Critics Circle awards are Thursday night in New York. Doniger is joined in the nonfiction category by Greg Grandin for "Fordlandia," Richard Holmes for "The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science," Tracy Kidder for "Strength in What Remains" and William T. Vollmann for his book about the California county, "Imperial."
Source: LA Times blogs
March 11, 2010
Phalgun Krushna Ekadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5111
From Our Correspondent
New York: Scores of Hindus representing various organizations held a protest in front of New School University Building 66 West 12th Street, New York,NY 10011 against the decision of National Book Critics Circle to Honor Dr. Wendy Doniger’s latest book titled "Hindus – An Alternative History" The protest was organized by USHA (United States Hindu Alliance), a national organization of Hindus dedicated to protecting the interests of Hindus Worldwide. USHA is opposed to any acts of racism, bigotry and intolerance.
Dr. Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is the author of several books on Hindu Scriptures. Her focus has been on translating,interpreting and comparing elements of Hindu Dharma through modern contexts of gender, sexuality and identity. She has come in for a bitter attack by the Hindus who claim that her book is not only factually incorrect and offensive but it is also replete with serious errors in its content. Narain Kataria, one of the organizers of the protest said that many Hindu Scholars do not think highly of Prof. Wendy Doniger. According to one Hindu Sanskrit scholar "Her RigVeda – I own a copy – illustrates her poor knowledge of Sanskrit and her translation is just literal, if at all.
She does not have the depth of knowledge to delve deep into Hindu texts and unravel their real meaning". Narain Kataria further said, "Professor Wendy Doniger has been for decades masquerading as a scholar on Hindu Dharma. We have come here to expose her bogus scholarship about Hinduism and discredit her in the eyes of academia using objective and factual criteria. Our purpose is to caution National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) to think twice before considering Prof. Doniger for any honor.
"By giving pornographic twist to Hindu objects of veneration and worship, Prof. Doniger is trying to create an illusion and authentic evidence that Hinduism is nothing but crap. This has the potential to create disaffection, disillusionment and abhorrence in the minds of Hindu children about Hindu Dharma. "We are here to expose those who willingly and deliberately support Prof. Wendy Doniger’s anti-Hindu agenda,including its publisher – Penguin Book."
March 7, 2010
Phalgun Krushna Saptami, Kaliyug Varsha 5111
HINDU PROTEST MARCH IN NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: To protest the decision of National Book Critics Circle to Honor Dr. Wendy
Doniger’s latest book titled “Hindus – An Alternative History”
Date: March 10, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Venue: In front of New School University Building
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
Dr. Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is the author of several books on Hindu Scriptures. Her focus has been on translating, interpreting and comparing elements of Hindu Dharma through modern contexts of gender, sexuality and identity.
Almost all of her books contain factual errors, mischaracterizations and is loaded with hatred for Hindus. Since most of her books are interpretations of Ancient Hindu Scriptures, which is written in Ancient Sanskrit, at the minimum, she must possess a working knowledge of Sanskrit. Dr. Doniger’s Sanskrit credentials are as good as the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scholarship on the Hebrew Language and the Jewish Scriptures. Renowned Scholars of Sanskrit, from the West and India, have rejected Dr. Doniger’s deceptive claims of being a Sanskrit Scholar. But, due to the support she receives from the University of Chicago Divinity School, a private Christian Institution, and major American Publishers, many have endorsed her books without considering her qualifications and overlooking Hindu Sentiments. Since Hindus are deeply hurt by her writings, we are requesting the National Book Critic Circle to respect the sentiments of a billion Hindus worldwide and withdraw the name of Dr. Wendy Doniger being considered for its prestigious award in the non-fiction category. Her book titled “Hindus – An Alternative History” is a work that promotes bigotry, racism and intolerance. No civilized or decent human being, organization or society will ever support such a book given Dr. Doniger’s persistent verbal violence against the Hindus. We request all Concerned Hindus to join us in the Protest March.
USHA (United States Hindu Alliance), is a national organization of Hindus dedicated to protecting the interests of Hindus Worldwide. We do not believe in any form of violence. We, as Hindus, believe that hurting anyone, whether through speech, the written word or physical action are all forms of violence. USHA will always protest against acts of racism, bigotry and intolerance. The protest march is only a beginning. USHA is garnering worldwide support for further actions against the writer and all those who willingly and deliberately support her Anti-Hindu Agenda, including its publisher – Penguin Books.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS: In order to ensure the success of this peaceful protest march, please register by sending an e-mail confirmation to [email protected]. Vegetarian Samosas will be served after the March to registered participants. Placards for use during the March will be provided by USHA volunteers at the venue. All participants must adhere to the high standards of USHA and Hindu Scriptures. Even though the book is highly provocative and insensitive to the sentiments of Hindus, the use of any profane, indecent or uncharitable language is strictly prohibited, and for the record, inconsistent with Hindu Belief and Practice. Only pre-authorized Speakers will be allowed to address the participants.
For more information on USHA, please visit our website at www.ushaonline.org
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