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BEING DIFFERENT  (English, Paperback, Rajiv Malhotra)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harper Collins
    • Genre: Philosophy
    • ISBN: 9789351160502, 9351160505
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    India is more than a nation state. It is also a unique civilization with philosophies and cosmologies that are markedly distinct from the dominant culture of our times — the West. India's spiritual traditions spring from dharma which has no exact equivalent in Western frameworks. Unfortunately, in the rush to celebrate the growing popularity of India on the world stage, its civilizational matrix is being co-opted into Western universalism, thereby diluting its distinctiveness and potential.

    In Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, thinker and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra addresses the challenge of a direct and honest engagement on differences, by reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the observed to the observer and looking at the West from the dharmic point of view. In doing so, he challenges many hitherto unexamined beliefs that both sides hold about themselves and each other. He highlights that while unique historical revelations are the basis for Western religions, dharma emphasizes self-realization in the body here and now. He also points out the integral unity that underpins dharma's metaphysics and contrasts this with Western thought and history as a synthetic unity.

    Erudite and engaging, Being Different critiques fashionable reductive translations and analyses the West's anxiety over difference and fixation for order which contrast the creative role of chaos in dharma. It concludes with a rebuttal of Western claims of universalism, while recommending a multi-civilizational worldview.

    About the Author
    Rajiv Malhotra is an Indian-American researcher and public intellectual on current affairs, worlds religions, cross-cultural encounters and science. A scientist by training, he was previously a senior corporate executive, strategic consultant and entrepreneur in information technology and media. He is the author of Breaking India (Amaryllis, 2011), was the chief protagonist in Invading the Sacred (Rupa & Co.), and is an active writer and speaker. He is chairman of the Board of Governors of the India Studies program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

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    An Indian who's not read this is not a true Indian!

    If we really want to realize our motherland India and its greatness as compared with mimicking of the west that Nehruvian India does since past 60 years, one cannot live without reading this masterpiece that:

    1. Is the essence of 15-20 years of indepth global research
    2. Is authored by a man who donated Rs.200 cr. (in 1994) worth of business wealth to dedicate his life to this sole cause

    Go right ahead, buy it and you will love India all the more, nay be proud of it!
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    Deepak Verma

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    Its different and relevant!!!

    anyone who is interested in philosophy, india and eastern ideas must read this book. I personally feel that atleast the book's summary must be made a compulsory read in schools. One realises the extent to which an indian mind has got colonised by the western universals which is widely evident in the way our so-called Indian intellectuals present their case wrt reformation of Indian society while largely ignoring the western problems!!!
    Order vs Chaos and Non-translatable Sanskrit vs Digesti...
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    Vishnu Ram

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    A Book Must Read for All those Who want to See India from Its own Perspective

    The legacy of the British Rule is that we Indians especially social scientists and philosophers think like the westerners. We use western categories, models, theories and perspectives to look at our selves. Our culture, society, religion, our problems etc are analysed by ourselves from the point of view of the west. In fact our policy makers, politicians, social activists all are trying to transform our society and culture in the direction of the west. Rajiv Malhotra a true modern Maharishi s...
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    Dr.Kanagaraj Easwaran

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    A must for every Hindu, especially "english educated and confused" lot.

    This book is a must buy for every Hindu, especially "english educated/confused" lot. Rajiv ji made a strenuous effort in coming up with this book. The cover rightly depicts the deep "manthan" he did to present the arguments in his book. Appendices are also a compelling read to understand the integral unity of Dharmic traditions. With christian/western appropriations of Hindu concepts and spiritual methods, the importance of Sanskrit non-translateables can never be over emphasized. A major ins...
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    A P Kumar

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    5 Feb, 2014

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    A new thought

    Rajiv Malhotra traces the ills of indian society to some roots and points out the many commonly held fallacies that we, educated under the Macaulay system, have often had doubts about, but never knew whom to ask.

    Highly recommended for free-thinking individuals who wonder why is India, and specifically Hinduism, only about casteism, cows and corruption, like none other country.

    Be careful this book has the ability to turn you into a "Hindu Nationalist" unless you take precautions.
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    Manoj Khare

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    30 May, 2014

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    GO AHEAD!! CHALLENGE YOUR INTELLECTUAL PARADIGMS (not for faint hearts) :-)

    I congratulate flipkart for meeting our expectations every time, including this one's.
    For author: #RESPECT, I would like to bow to Shri Rajiv Malhotra for this masterpiece.
    Now on the book: First of all I would like to warn all casual readers who may buy this book for just some spicy and leisurely reading, It will give you a nasty headache (like it gave to my naïve younger brother, who picked it up for just some casual time pass at airport) as its highly dense concepts and matter will chal...
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    praveen kumar

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    Excellent Book Describing the view of Hinduism over western religions and its Greatness.

    This book explains about the identity of indian civilization in depth, and also explains with clear Evidence about how the indian education system and the civilization and the culture is ruined by the continuous invasions. SUPERB work by Rajiv Maljotra as a single man Hats off to him. MUST READ FOR EVERY TRUE INDIAN.
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    Harish

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    21 Nov, 2013

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    Fabulous!

    Very good Packaging. Book delivered on the very next day. Happy with the service.
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    Raghava Chaitanya

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    27 Dec, 2017

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    Excellent

    A must read book . Great work
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    Rajat Kumar

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    3 Oct, 2017

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    Terrific

    If you are even a bit interested in your"matribhumi" ,"sanskriti",culturer ethos,and unity of diversity,game of internatinal hinduphobia u need this as your guid book
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    divyanshu gangal

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