Please add another anti-India intellectual: Christophe Jaffrelot, the most renowned Indologist in France

is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS, Paris, professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at King’s India Institute, London, and non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has spent a lifetime in denigrating Hindus and trying to prove that fundamentalism is as dangerous as Islamic fundamentalism if not more. He has recently targeted NRI’s saying that they finance homegrown Hindu fanaticism.

13 responses to “Please add another anti-India intellectual: Christophe Jaffrelot, the most renowned Indologist in France

  1. Shameful

  2. Gautier you may wish to one day meet Rajiv Malhotra. He has done a lot of great work through his Infinity foundation addressing similar prejudices in American academia. On his site there is a wonderful book called “Invading the Sacred” on this topic. It is available for free download there. It sounds like this French academic is as biased as some Americans.

    The description for the book:
    India, once a major civilizational and economic power that suffered centuries of decline, is now newly resurgent in business, geopolitics and culture. However, a powerful counterforce within the American Academy is systematically undermining core icons and ideals of Indic Culture and thought. For instance, scholars of this counterforce have disparaged the Bhagavad Gita as “a dishonest book”; declared Ganesha’s trunk a “limp phallus”; classified Devi as the “mother with a penis” and Shiva as “a notorious womanizer” who incites violence in India; pronounced Sri Ramakrishna a pedophile who sexually molested the young Swami Vivekananda; condemned Indian mothers as being less loving of their children than white women; and interpreted the bindi as a drop of menstrual fluid and the “ha” in sacred mantras as a woman’s sound during orgasm.

    Are these isolated instances of ignorance or links in an institutionalized pattern of bias driven by certain civilizational worldviews?

    Are these academic pronouncements based on evidence, and how carefully is this evidence cross-examined? How do these images of India and Indians created in the American Academy influence public perceptions through the media, the education system, policymakers and popular culture?

    Adopting a politically impartial stance, this book, the product of an intensive multi-year research project, uncovers the invisible networks behind this Hinduphobia, narrates the Indian Diaspora’s challenges to such scholarship, and documents how those who dared to speak up have been branded as “dangerous”. The book hopes to provoke serious debate. For example:

    How do Hinduphobic works resemble earlier American literature depicting non-whites as dangerous savages needing to be civilized by the West?

    Are India’s internal social problems going to be managed by foreign interventions in the name of human rights?

    How do power imbalances and systemic biases affect the objectivity and quality of scholarship?

    What are the rights of practitioner-experts in “talking back” to academicians?

    What is the role of India’s intellectuals, policymakers and universities in fashioning an authentic and enduring response?

  3. I have read this man’s articles. His blatant bias against India and Hindus is visible in every paragraph he writes. For a supposed scholar, his crass diatribe is overbearing and shameful.

  4. Under the guise of scholarly work and academia a lot of racism and bigotry is spewed under the veneer of respectability.

  5. Rajiv Malhotra wrote several books and “Breaking India” is the number one selling book in International Relations on Amazon. This book relates to some of the topics that have been brought up on this site regarding Westerners and NGOs. Malhotra has spoken at Princeton University about the breaking India forces. I do hope Gautier will one day speak with Malhotra.

    India’s integrity is being undermined by three global networks that have well-established operating bases inside India: (i) Islamic radicalism linked with Pakistan, (ii) Maoists and Marxist radicals supported by China via intermediaries such as Nepal, and (iii) Dravidian and Dalit identity separatism being fostered by the West in the name of human rights. This book focuses on the third: the role of U.S. and European churches, academics, think-tanks, foundations, government and human rights groups in fostering separation of the identities of Dravidian and Dalit communities from the rest of India. The book is the result of five years of research, and uses information obtained in the West about foreign funding of these Indian-based activities. The research tracked the money trails that start out claiming to be for “education,” “human rights,” “empowerment training,” and “leadership training,” but end up in programs designed to produce angry youths who feel disenfranchised from Indian identity.

    The book reveals how outdated racial theories continue to provide academic frameworks and fuel the rhetoric that can trigger civil wars and genocides in developing countries. The Dravidian movement’s 200-year history has such origins. Its latest manifestation is the “Dravidian Christianity” movement that fabricates a political and cultural history to exploit old faultlines. The book explicitly names individuals and institutions, including prominent Western ones and their Indian affiliates. Its goal is to spark an honest debate on the extent to which human rights and other “empowerment” projects are cover-ups for these nefarious activities.

  6. The lecture at Princeton University by Malhotra is on You Tube if you wish to see the discussion and debate on Breaking India.

  7. People both Invading the Sacred and Breaking India can explain pro-Pakistan anti-India and anti-Hinduism movies coming out of Islamist funded Bollywood like Haider and PK.

  8. 60% of France’s prison population is of Muslims. 10% of France’s population is Islamic. France is facing increasing Islamic lawlessness and violence. France has over 700 no go zones. Jaffrelot lives in a la-la land if he thinks Hinduism is dangerous at all especially compared to Islam. With a growing Muslim population France problems will increasingly look no different than India’s. Then people like Jaffrelot will realize that all the tensions between Hindus and Muslims was due to Islam, as the French are already having tensions between French and Muslims.
    “The Islamization of France in 2014”

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