He Gets to Tell Our Sto­ries?

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Ra­jiv Mal­ho­tra, re­cently ap­pointed an hon­orary vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at JNU, used the floods in Ker­ala to flog a cher­ished Hin­dutva dead horse—con­ver­sions. Obliv­i­ous to irony, he called on Hin­dus to do­nate money to Ker­ala Hin­dus only be­cause Chris­tian and Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tions were rais­ing money to push agen­das. His books, crit­ics say, are re­liant on pla­gia­rism and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion. He de­fends the likes of Swami Nithyanand­a, who claims to have dis­proved Ein­stein’s most fa­mous equa­tion and to be able to make cows speak San­skrit and Tamil. More se­ri­ously, Nithyanand­a has been ac­cused of rape. Mal­ho­tra and his sup­port­ers on­line call In­di­ans who dis­agree with him “se­poys”. Does his ap­point­ment, along­side oth­ers’, turn an in­sti­tu­tion des­ig­nated as anti-na­tional into a suit­ably na­tion­al­ist one?

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