Shadow Warrior

This column was published by rediff.com on Jan 20, 2016 at http://www.rediff.com/news/column/column-why-the-battle-for-sanskrit-needs-to-be-joined/20160120.htm 

Here’s an excerpt from the original content I sent to them, which was published essentially unchanged. The title has been rewritten (and has lost its punch, i think).

Book Review of “The Battle for Sanskrit”: Preventing terrorism by other means

Rajeev Srinivasan

“The destruction of culture has become an instrument of terror, in a global strategy to undermine societies, propagate intolerance and erase memories” – Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO

Irina Bokova wrote this in reference to the visible destruction of heritage sites in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya (“Terrorists are destroying our cultural heritage. It’s time to fight back”, World Economic Forum Global Agenda, Jan 18, 2016), where she also talked about the #unite4heritage campaign, launched last year. She had three suggestions: prevent trafficking in objects, reinforce preventive actions, and strengthen international cooperation.

The wholesale rape and…

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The Abrahamists at their original selves.


There is probably no other country where members of other religions were as safe as in India. Hindus always gave shelter to those who were persecuted in their homelands. Jews gratefully acknowledged that India is the one country where they were never persecuted. Syrian Christians under their leader Thomas of Cana (Thomas the Apostle did not come to India) were given refuge in the 4th century. Parsis came in the 10th century to escape the Muslim invaders in Persia. And in 1959, some 100,000 Tibetan Buddhist refugees found shelter in India – only 12 years after the British had left the country, divided and poverty-stricken.

In contrast, the rich USA with an area three times the size and only a quarter of India’s population allowed only in 1991 one thousand Tibetan families to enter.

Indians never hesitated to accept those who were in trouble and who wanted to preserve their…

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