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Why the Outrage on Wendy Doniger’s Controversial Book ?

Why the Outrage on Wendy Doniger’s Controversial Book ?



A lot people are saying India and Hindus should be more tolerant, open minded and should allow this so called pathetic excuse of a “book” to be sold in India. I am not sure how many of you and them have read this book and know what is written by this uneducated, misinformed and biased Jewish American who claims to be an Indologist and teaches at a University.

Now there are petitions out by some muslim groups and “writers” who feel this is impeding freedom of speech and artistic expression of the author. I wonder how they would feel if Satanic Verses (much milder than this one) is put out for sale at every corner!?

Please read some of the highlights from this and decide it for yourself if this should even be allowed to be printed leave alone distributed.

~Sanskriti

Wendy Doniger’s controversial book ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ (Penguin, 2009) has outraged Hindus around the world like never before for allegedly insulting and offending Hindus and Indians. Seventy-three-year-old Doniger is an American Jewish Indologist and has been a professor at the University of Chicago since 1978. Although she is a well-known authority on Hinduism, her bestseller book has been pointed out to have many factual errors and her perspective of things Indian, Vedic, and Hindu has been questioned time and again.

Here are 10 outrageous excerpts from the book that may explain the outspread uproar against the Doniger which ultimately led to the banning of her book in India.Read more about the controversy and join the discussion.

  1. The Motto of the History of Hinduism:
    “Clearly the two—the animals of the terrain and the animals of the mind—are intimately connected, and both are essential to our understanding of Hinduism. If the motto of Watergate was “Follow the money,” the motto of the history of Hinduism could well be “Follow the monkey.” Or, more often, “Follow the horse.” Three animals—horses, dogs, and cows—are particularly charismatic players in the drama of Hinduism.” (Page 39)
  2. The Monkeys and Peoples of India:
    “The mosque, whose serene calligraphic and geometric decoration contrasts with the perpetual motion of the figures depicted on the temple, makes a stand against the chaos of India, creating enforced vacuums that India cannot rush into with all its monkeys and peoples and colors and the smells of the bazaar and, at the same time, providing a flattering frame to offset that very chaos. (Page 305)


  3. Rape as a Legitimate Form of Marriage:
    “… a form of rape that came to be regarded as a bad, but legitimate, form of marriage: having sex with a sleeping or drugged woman. It appears that a woman’s brother too is someone she might expect to find in her bed, though the Rig Veda severely condemns sibling incest; it is also possible that the brother in question is her husband’s brother, a person who, as we shall see, can have certain traditional, though anxiety-producing, connections with his brother’s wife.” (Page 92)
  4. God Rapes Worshipers:
    “Abortion is, together with the killing of a Brahmin, the defining mortal sin in the dharma texts. Here, however, abortion is called for because the god has raped the worshiper, with overtones of the king’s power to possess sexually any woman in his realm. The mythological possibilities encapsulated in the last two lines—“so, in your image, / I’ll bear you a son”—are staggering; the whole mythology of gods fathering human sons (think of the divine lineages of the Mahabharata heroes!) is cast in a different light, for in the end the woman intends to bear the child, not to have an abortion after all.” (Page 369)
  5. Dasharatha was a Sex Addict:
    Rama said, “Sita had to enter the purifying fire in front of everyone, because she had lived so long in Ravana’s bedrooms. Had I not purified her, good people would have said of me, ‘That Rama, Dasharatha’s son, is certainly lustful and childish.’ But I knew that she was always true to me.” Then Rama was united with his beloved and experienced the happiness that he deserved. “Dasharatha’s son is certainly lustful” is a key phrase. Rama knows all too well what people said about Dasharatha; when Lakshmana learns that Rama has been exiled, he says, “The king is perverse, old, and addicted to sex, driven by lust.” (Page 153)
  6. Rama, Sita, Sex & Politics:
    Rama thinks that sex is putting him in political danger (keeping his allegedly unchaste wife will make the people revolt), but in fact he has it backward: Politics is driving Rama to make a sexual and religious mistake; public concerns make him banish the wife he loves. Rama banishes Sita as Dasharatha has banished Rama. Significantly, the moment when Rama kicks Sita out for the second time comes directly after a long passage in which Rama makes love to Sita passionately, drinking wine with her, for many days on end; the banishment comes as a direct reaction against the sensual indulgence. (Page 153)
  7. The Sultan As an Incarnation of Krishna:
    “In Bengal in 1418 a Hindu actually became sultan, Raja Ganesh. His son, converting to Islam, ruled under his father’s direction until 1431. He was succeeded by an Arab Muslim, Ala-ud-din Husain (r. 1493-1519), who revered the Vaishnava saint Chaitanya, in return for which the Hindus regarded the sultan as an incarnation of Lord Krishna. (Page 299)
  8. Humans as Animals:
    “As the Hindu idea of nonviolence (ahimsa) that emerged from debates about eating and/or sacrificing animals was soon taken up in debates about warfare, the resulting arguments, which deeply color the narratives of the Mahabharataon all levels, were simultaneously about the treatment of animals, about the treatment of Pariahs symbolized by animals, and about human violence as an inevitable result of the fact that humans are animals and animals are violent.” (Page 170)
  9. Vedas Revered Violence:
    “…the Vedic reverence for violence flowered in the slaughters that followed Partition.” (Page 627)
  10. Gandhi Did Not Utter ‘Hey Ram’ While Dying:
    “…Gandhi…was killed, apparently with those [Ram Rahim] on his lips*….” “* The words are inscribed on a plaque near the place in Delhi where he was shot. There is much dispute as to whether he said “Ram Ram” or “Ram Rahim” when he died.”  (page 446)

 

 

 

 

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13 Responses to "Why the Outrage on Wendy Doniger’s Controversial Book ?"

  1. Namita  February 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I regularly go through your articles, but I didn’t understand this topic, why are you so keen to give importance to this book.

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  2. C.R.Arun  February 19, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Book should not have been published. We object very-very strongly to the publishing and sale of this book through out the world. Youngsters will surely get misguided by it’s utter nonsense contents. Looks like this was the sole purpose of the Wendy and her publishers, to misguide youths.

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  3. Sudipta Barat  February 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Burn all copies of the book and what what elese can you expect from a SEXUALY PERVETED ABRAHAMIC WOMAN where they are still coming to terms with the ORIGINAL SIN

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  4. Devashish Shrestha  February 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    It would be an insult to ones intelligence to argue with Ms. Dollinger (daughter of whoever and whatever vice that implies)

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  5. rajneesh kumar  February 23, 2014 at 11:36 am

    It is problem of their culture and their mentality…they cant think for purity.. Sita,Savitry….. They can only think for sex,sex and sex

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  6. Cindy  February 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I find this outrage particularly amusing considering how widespread Hitler’s Mein Kampf is distributed in India. You can find it everywhere in any bookstore, even in the smallest airport bookstore or newstand. This is unique, I have never seen this in any other country I have visited.

    Is the Hindu culture so fragile that it can be blown away by a book? An academic book at that? Furthermore there have been very well documented response published to the book. “Invading the Sacred” by Aditi Banerjee is one of those.There seems to be much more important issues one could be outraged about than this….

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  7. Shyam Sunther  March 7, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I have not been able to read this book, however I think that the best way to negate anything negative in this book is to respond to their absurdities and expose them and not necessarily by banning the book. That is the “Hindu” way.

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  8. sanjay khanna  March 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    this dick head perverted woman doesn’t know anything abt Hinduism just to gain popularity she wrote this book remember by creating controversy u can sell ur thing easily in todays world specially in the west or can say in usa world ofcourse jewish teach this things like u don’t follow what v say then u r our enemy same thing happening between muslim and jewish fighting from century because who the fuck gave her the title of indologist might b bigger dickhead then her n the university where she teach might b running by some dickheads rabayee or rubayi what those cunts r called does she knows what Hinduism teach n for ur fuckin dickhead knowledge when ur fore fathers where roaming in the jungle like cannibals n animals n barbarians that time v where having universities in india n when u say indian n hindus animals go n read the jewish history when u jewish rats bastards were fucked everywhere in the world v indian gave u bastards shelter I think so what hitler did with jewish cunts u deserve that surely there is political motive behind this book might b the jewish community might have got some setback from hindu community

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  9. Kumar  March 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    People with sick brains cannot understand the greatness of Sanatan Charm. Sanatan Charm is original human phylosphy and Sanskrit is the root of all languages. Other beliefs are distortions of original Sanatan Charm to which is the true beginning all humanity.

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  10. Robby N. Tirbaney  April 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

    wonder how much the church financed her, another thing most north american are so stupid (stupid) that anything comes to their mind AND THEY COME UP WITH A REMOTE EXPLANATION that seems right in their
    only in their box thinking, they not only publish for a Phd or but they believe it with all their heart, and when some gets a Phd, in the americas their words are truth to the following public, without question or examination , one only has to look at their short history as a nation and see the folly of the leaders and the foolishness of the followers…… sadly the wise are only a few among them!!!

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  11. Ashutosh Upreti  March 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    it is funded by foreign national religion group perhaps!

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  12. dhongee communal  April 1, 2015 at 5:40 am

    A (USA) country without culture and philosophy will have this type of dick head experts who think that they have answers for every thing. It is high time people do not pay any heed to such bull shit books and debates from the whites.

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  13. ANUPAM  September 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    hinduism is a religion which is way beyond the small minds of the western so called intellects. this old lady doesn’t needs this kind of footage. history knows it they are all killers. how the hell will they know anything about hinduism. bloody materialists. America never had a history, their history died with the red Indians. what filth she teaches in her class?? faithless moron…

    talking about god and worshipers sexual relations… will she explain how MARY concieved JESUS???
    before pointing such shit towards Hinduism she must be ready to eat her christianity shit.

    advice for her…. you are on death bed… pray some ram ram…. the one true GOD…

    anyways hell is waiting for you…. yama will send his most tortureous doot for you…

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