The Rethinking Religion in India (RRI) conference was held in January 2009 at New Delhi’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis. RRI is a “five year international conference cluster” organised by the Ghent University of Belgium.
I find it quite curious why a Belgian University would take it upon itself to spend money to hold conferences in India on “rethinking religions,” with provocative topics such as “Are there Native Religions in India?” (Is there any doubt about this?)
I dislike the Western academics from far-away countries coming to India to hold conferences about our civlisation and culture, control our national discourse about these critical issues and produce output that Indians don’t agree with. It is none of their business. Indians are the best judges and commentators about Indian history, religions and culture, thank you.
I mean, how many times has Delhi University organised “international conference” in Washington about “Are Blacks Getting a Fair Deal in the US?” or “The Influence of Bible Thumpers in American Foriegn Policy?” These Western academics have a habit of making everyone else’s business their own business. Instead of welcoming them in India, they should be gracefully shown the door. Do we really need them to prod us Indians to rethink our religions and history?
This kind of behaviour also shows that the Western academics are very much integrated into the power structure of Western countries and work in tandem with their governments to further Western interests and operations in various parts of the world.
I am again and again seeing proofs of this alliance between Western academics and Western government agencies to conduct psyops on various societies of Africa and Asia. The objective is either to make these societies break up by interfering in their national discourse, or to weaken their native faiths and cultures and cause social strife through contrived criticism, distortions, bogus scholarship and outright lies.
Anyway, the RRI had one good outcome. It held a discussion on “Is Secularism the Solution to Communal Conflict in India?” The participants were Achin Vanaik, Jakob De Roover, S.N. Balagangadhara and Neera Chandhoke. The panelists then took questions from the audiences.
I am glad to say the “secularists” such as Neera Chandhoke had their arse handed out to them on a platter by Roover and Balagangadhara. You can see the video of the conference here. It is a series of 20 videos and is a must-watch. Highly recommended.