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Indology And Indologists,
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1. haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?PageID=11325&SKIN=B

Interview with Prof Prodosh Aich, author of "Lies With Long Legs"



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A: Max Mueller. It is not his name. His name was Friedrich Maximillan Mueller. He did not publish in German. He did not get a job in Germany. He got a job with the East India Company in England. Most of his writings are in English. He was neither a scholar nor he knew Sanskrit. He was a swindler.



Q: You call him a swindler?



A: I call him a swindler. I can provide proofs in support of my assertion. I can reason it out also. Max Mueller had assumed that he was a scholar. From his own autobiography, from biographies written by his son and wife, from other biographies, from his other writings, and from his letters, we can reconstruct his life from birth to his death. After passing the High School, he never appeared in any examination rather never cleared any examination. So obviously he can not possess any academic degrees. Yet he calls himself a Master of Arts (MA). His wife calls him a Doctor of Philosophy. His wife maintains that he was a Ph. D. from the Leipzig University. There is no record at the Leipzig University or any proof that he appeared in any examination there. So how would you describe him:



Q: You devote considerable space in your book to William Jones. What about him?



A: He had not written an auto- biography but lot of biographies have been written about him. He had left behind his letters. Two volumes of his letters have been published. If one goes through his biography from his childhood till he came to India, one finds out that William Jones was an opportunist. He did everything to make a career and ultimately he claimed that he knew 32 languages And it has come to be accepted by the educated community.



Q; What about his knowledge of Sanskrit?



A: In 1885, he has confessed in a letter to Charles Wittkins in Calcutta that he is too old to learn Sanskrit. But, it is absolutely certain that he did not have command over Sansrkit. He had no time to pick up Sanskrit.



Q: But he has translated some Sanskrit works?



A: Only one work he has published. That is Manu's laws but even this has been done by others, by hired Pundits. He has put his name on it.

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How true is this stuff on Jonesy? Not that his turning out to be a charlatan is a shock. (I go by the general rule of thumb that christobrits/christocolonials/christos don't know what they are/were talking about. My pre-judging them has never been proved wrong yet, so it's statistically safer than being neutral about them.)



More such stuff at the link. (I don't agree with all of what's there - such as on Kamadeva and Samskritam not being a spoken language etc - but that's beside the point of my posting the link.)





2. More info about Prodosh Aich's book at Kaushal's blog which opens with:

Quote:Book Review Lies with Long legs by Prodosh Aich



This book forms a good source of reference material for the assertions we have been making in the South Asia File,. Prof Prodosh Aich of Oldenberg university has demolished the notion that many of the people who studied India over the centuries have any pretensions to scholarship or knowledge about India. It is clear that neither Max Muller nor Sir William Jones would have passed their PhD qualifying exams had they proposed their hypothesis about the history of india based on such flimsy and shoddy work. But such is the reality of the age we live in that an occidental heritage is the major qualification for international acceptance of one's work. it is this heritage and not the content of the scholarship that determines whether one gets published in the journals of the west. Clearly the dream of Martin Luther King has a long way to go before it becomes reality.



In a sequel to the South Asia File we will document the works of Indologists through the millennia and show that beginning with the Jesuits in 1540 CE there was a concerted effort to purloin the intellectual property of the Indic civilization while at the same time denigrate it as being of little value.



The work of Prodosh Aich is of great value in exposing the fact that the Emperor has no clothes (see Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales), and that the entire history of India is based on the work of people with meager scholarship in the traditions of the Indic civilization. I trust this book will be read by every Indian who can afford to buy the book or borrow it from a library





http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/2005091.../book1.htm

Macaulays, Muellers exposed

Satish Misra



Lies with Long Legs

by Prodosh Aich. Samskriti. Pages 404. Rs 650.

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