The Story of Manu (Murty Classical Library of India) Paperback – 16 Jan 2015
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Velcheru Narayana Rao is Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University.
David Shulman is Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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If your interest is understanding Indian culture, especially Hindu culture, you can be absolutely certain that these books are insidious and anti-Hindu and biased. Please see how cleverly Sheldon Pollock writes the preface to Series on their website. Insidious!! This Western gaze is about first 'de-hinduizing' Hindusthan, making us ashamed of our past, taking advance of our tolerance to clothe us in a contorted 'secular' garb and then active conversion in the pursuit of souls in the 10-40 latitude.
Either this was a ill-considered step by Rohan Murthy to outsource a classical 'legacy' to authors and subjects he doesn't personally understand, or this is for further 'opening up' the American market for undeserved fancy degrees and more IT business. Please see some youtube videos where he mouths some shallow-isms like 'the truth is the truth and it should be laid bare' in explaining 'why this series'. What exactly is the 'truth' he expects about our heritage that should be laid bare or make us diffident?
You will also notice that most of the 'rave' reviews on the books in these series are about the binding, color etc. Judge a book by it's cover? : )
At a minimum, please ask the question why Murty could not find anyone worthy among 1.3 billion Indians to be the editor / producer of these books if this was about our Nation's proud heritage and culture. Nice binding though.
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