Sunday, March 06, 2016

Harvard project aimed at translating anciet text sparks outrage among Hindu right

A group of Sanskrit scholars in India are calling for an American professor working on a groundbreaking project on Indian classics at Harvard University to be removed because of his “deep antipathy” to Indian ideals and culture, according to a petition filed Saturday.

Columbia University Professor Sheldon Pollock, a respected Sanskrit scholar and the author of "The Language of Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern India," is the editor of a $5 million project by Harvard University Press to publish dozens of Indian classical texts with English translations.

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