Top positive review
Excellent work on Orientalism disguised as academic freedom
Reviewed in India on 4 November 2017
This book is a bold and very well researched critique of orientalists trying to subvert scriptures and texts for purely political motives. It isn't just a book full of citations but also brilliant argumentation alongwith facts to different eras and the prevalent means of communication and knowledge dissemination in vogue around that time. The author has gone on an in-depth analysis of oral and cultural traditions that have evolved, emerged and reformed themselves from time to time owing the requirements of the time. Rajiv Malhotra's work has refuted claims of orientalists with immense fact based research and with a deep understanding of Indian society. It is a must read for people who want to explore how Orientalism works and what it's implications are. This work must be taken into consideration while thinking about academic freedom and relevant debates and discussions must happen between the two sides. The way Ramayana and the Vedas have been interpreted with a western lens by completely ignoring it's context is appalling. While analysing any text, any historical event it is important to consider the circumstances and context of that era. This is a must read book and worth investing time and money. Hopefully people interested in Indic studies will read this and be motivated to conduct research of their own.