THE WENDUS: AN ALETRNATIVE VISION OR PERVERSION
A KHANDA FROM THE EPIC WENDYAYANA
BASED ON WENDIAN (NOT INDIAN) PERCEPTION AND INTERPRETATION
OF WENDYSKRIT (NOT SANSKRIT) AND WENDUS (NOT HINDUS)
A BOOK REVIEW OF "THE HINDUS: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY" BY WENDY DONIGER
BY GURU GANESAN
(edited and modified by Shree Vinekar)
There was a little girl from Kansas who traveled in a fantasy world and reached OZ where she found a wizard; she woke up after a dream full of fantasy and scared to see that she was safe in her bed at her Kansas home.
Similarly there was a girl in New York who went to Cambridge, Massachusetts and learnt a language that had literature "full of sex, violence including beheading,suppressing women, children, animals etc." She was so fascinated by such a literature that she studied the original language in which the lterature was written. In a short time admiring her 'scholarship' she was given the degree of Ph.D. at Harvard; also she was recognized as a scholar in that language. Later she went to the country where that language originated to expand and confirm her scholarship.
She stayed there for less than one year and came back to her motherland.
Suddenly she woke up terrified from a dream in which she was in a strange land with knowledge of a language of that land with these horrifying experiences.
However she was very much comforted and relieved to find herself back in her homeland U.S.A.. With such an enriching experience, she was associated with
School of Divinity at the University of Chicago. In her divine pursuit of "knowledge" she was determined to impart her experience focused
with a telescopic vision to her students. Her indomitable enthusiasm, energy and industry made her students scholars of the same experience without actually experiencing it. Scholar begets scholar. And, the scholars who created such scholars should also become authorities. Deservedly she became an authority on a religion of sex and violence and its language that well articulates its despicable nature.
Now there are the liberal instincts that induce her to fight such horrible aspects of a religion. To emancipate the victims of such a religion one has to take a firm stand against such horrible things she is able to perceive in that religion. She is also moved to publicly castigate perpetrators of such a religion.
One cannot fight a windmill assuming it to be an army but one can bracket each and every one who practices that religion as the source of such despicable way of life. This she realized by her telescopic vision through which she discovered that the Wendus in the strange land all had a double vision. This has caused a problem. There is opposition to her approach to an understanding of that religion.
How can one handle such an opposition?
One should say that all those who practice or profess as belonging to that religion must be condemned as bad as Nazis. (She has roots in the Asiatic middle east religious tradition and deep seated justifiable reasons to hate the Nazis). Then build a castle built on publications, lectures, scholars she had created, book reviewing admirers of her scholarship and the status of "a foremost authority" on that religion.
This is the saga of a mouse trying to shake the mountain. In this case it is the Himalayan Mountains.
A Wendian(not Indian) perception of Wendyskrit(not Sanskrit)and Wendus(not Hindus)
The Epic: "Wendyayana"; Kanda: "The Wendus (not the "The Hindus"): An alternative vision(or perversion)"
WENDY HAS FORGOTTEN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
Wendy has forgotten the history of the United States when she talks so extensively and authoritatively about the others being suppressed in India over several centuries and millennia. Look at the following quote about what was happening in the US just a hundred or so years ago.
"In Harpers Weekly Magazine in 1874, a cartoonist named Thomas Nast drew a cartoon which demonstrated the South’s temperament concerning the education of newly freed Blacks. The illustration depicted two Black people kneeling down holding a baby and two armed white men standing over them. In the background of the cartoon lay a schoolbook and a burning school, while an ex-slave is being lynched. This cartoon reflected the national psyche of America at that time in world history. Anderson writes:
It is crucial for an understanding of American educational history, however, to recognize that within American democracy there have been classes of oppressed people and there have been essential relationships between popular education and the politics of oppression. Both schooling for democratic citizenship and schooling for second class-class citizenship have been basic traditions in American education (Anderson, 1988, introduction)."