Editor’s note: Below is an important article Rajiv wrote on Swami Vivekananda that shows his not-so-well known influence and his importance to western philosophy today.…

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INTERVIEW: Rajiv Malhotra on where his work fits within the Hindu tradition

Medha Editor Note: Below was first published at: Re-published here for wider circulation of this clear articulation of his position by author, the “Medha…

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Being Different-Book Positioning

Dear friends, … I wanted to share some thoughts below regarding what reader segments are targeted by the book, and what I hope it offers…

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Being Different-Book Reviews

Medha Editor Note: In its attempt to keep readers updated on the activities regarding this seminal book, we publish below a few important reviews of…

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New Book:Being Different

‘I am simply using the dharmic perspective to reverse the analytical gaze which normally goes from West to East and unconsciously privileges the former. This…

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Can Hindus Self-Govern Competitively?

Lessons from the Nithyananda Scandal-II

 The Christian Church has the longest continuous history of governance, with a tremendous track record of protecting its interests under all circumstances. Its history of corporate governance is not only remarkable amongst religions but also when compared to commercial multinational corporations. Most people are unaware that it was the Church that first invented many of the corporate management procedures, norms and laws in use today by multinational corporations. The Church floated the first commercial multinationals as well, such as the Knights Templar, centuries before the British East India Trading Company and other multinationals emerged using similar methods.

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Harvard and the Indian Billionaires

Rajiv Malhotra, Oct 15, 2010. This morning, Times of India celebrates the headlines, “Harvard gets biggest international donation in 102 yrs, from Tata group.”“.The timing…

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Lessons from The Swami Nithyananda Saga

When the sex scandal of Swami Nithyananda suddenly erupted on March 2, 2010, I was already in Delhi as part of a group to go to Kumbh Mela. I was also finalizing my new book which deals specifically with Tamil Nadu religious politics, and in particular with the role of various nexuses based overseas. So I decided to jump into the eye of the storm of this scandal in order to investigate whether similar nexuses were at work in this case. Naturally, at one level I have seen this scandal through the framework of a civilization encounter in which Vedic culture is pitted against the Dravidian divisiveness that is being backed by Christian evangelism. At another level, I found that the sensationalized media reports were too one-sided, and none of them had a single statement to report from the swami himself. Furthermore, there was chaos and mismanagement of the crisis from Swami Nithyananda’s inner circle. In hindsight, things might have turned out differently had they managed more sensibly and faster – which I will elaborate later in this article. Given this, another interest of mine has been to extrapolate important lessons from this episode for other Hindu organizations, which I predict will face similar scandals as and when their weaknesses become understood by those opposed to them. This article highlights my findings at these multiple levels and issues.

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