Friday, April 19, 2013


How Indian ideas get appropriated by the West, re-formulated and then re-exported back to India as something "Made in America"

Rajiv Malhotra is the founder and president of the Princeton, NJ-based Infinity Foundation. An Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader, he has devoted himself, for the last ten years, to clarifying the many misperceptions about Indic traditions in America and amongst Indians.
He is an active writer, columnist, and speaker on a variety of topics, including the traditions and cultures of India, the Indian Diaspora, globalization, and East-West relations. Rajiv has been appointed to the Asian-American Commission for the State of New Jersey, where he serves as the Chairman for the Education Committee, which was created to start an Asian Studies program in schools. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross and has volunteered in local hospice and AIDS counseling.
On April 1, 2013 Rajiv Malhotra made an outstanding presentation at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai of some of his research findings on how Indian ideas get appropriated by the West, re-formulated and then re-exported back to India as something "Made in America". His 58.48 min. lecture was so absorbing that it kept me glued in till the end.
Besides the lecture itself, separate videos are listed below for each major topic of Q&A. I found these Q&A as stimulating as the lecture itself.
I would commend the lecture and the discussion to the attention of every person of Indian origin.
Ram Narayanan

1) Lecture: Are Indians buying back their own ideas from the West? - View

2) Discussion: Brand India & Narayan Murthy - View

3) Discussion: How does one attribute "discovery"? - View

4) Discussion: My argument with a social scientist - View

5) Discussion: Overview of how/why I got personally involved in these issues - View

6) Discussion: Pro's & Cons of Chaos, Decentralization, Self-Organization - View

7) Discussion: Our own neglect as a factor causing UTurns - View

8) Discussion: Loss of our purva-paksha tradition and its consequences - View

9) Discussion: Decolonization - View

10) Discussion: Comment on social sciences in India - View


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