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Issue No.: 550 | April 2013
 

The Hijacking of Wharton

Rajiv Malhotra
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Though American universities are amongst the best in the world, there also exist many compromised academics that promulgate theories on India which are racist, colonial and downright inimical to India’s interests. Many naïve Indian donors have unwittingly sponsored such scholars. My earlier book, Invading the Sacred, analyzed how certain professors at top American schools view Indian culture as oppressive and destructive, using outmoded theories; my next book, Breaking India, exposed the nexus between such academics and civic groups that are promoting separatist identities and schisms in India. I analyze the long-term trend that I have called "breaking India,” in which many colonized Indian intellectuals are funded to dish out divisive and biased materials on India. Such meta-narratives can put Indian business leaders on the defensive in their international negotiations. 

Wharton should not have capitulated to political petitions from persons outside of the business world. It ought to have turned this into an opportunity to debate Modi, and confront him on the controversies that swirl around him. That would have been true to the spirit of intellectual freedom. Universities are not known to shy away from controversial figures, and students are supposed to learn multiple sides of complex issues. This was meant to be a ‘business students’ forum that has been organized entirely by students for several years. Most of them will have careers involving non-Western countries with controversial leaders and circumstances. They are better off being taught to think for themselves rather than running away from complexity or letting others make decisions for them.

Excerpted from the article by Rajiv Malhotra in
The Huffington Post Blog. Posted on 7 March 2013
Contributed by Ram Narayanan
To read this highly readable article visit 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rajivmalhotra/the-hijacking-of-wharton_b_2814421.html
 
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