He Gets to Tell Our Stories?
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?