Thursday, November 12, 2009

After the eggs and rotten tomatos thrown at her

The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger "reads like a long letter by an ignorant tourist with some pretensions to scholarship," remonstrates Debashish Banerji [Thu 12 Nov 2009 Science, Culture and Integral Yoga]. One expects of him equal honesty on Heehs' weighty tome.

Banerji, thankfully, offers a corrective to the tomfoolery of Bibek Debroy who had proclaimed colourfully, "Doniger’s is an amazingly breathtaking book in its sweep... As far as I am concerned, four books from my bookshelf have now been dislodged (A.L. Basham, Agehananda Bharati, Percival Spear, Romila Thapar) to make room for this one and this is reflective of the content. It is a great book." [IE » Columnist » Om School » Saturday 10 October '09]. [TNM]

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