Rajiv Malhotra


Purva Paksha Being Different

Purva Paksha: Reversing the gaze

The antidote to Western universalism  that privileges Western gaze and reduces all differences to sameness, lies in the dharmic practice of purva paksha, a deep and respectful  engagement  with divergent…





Hindu Good News

The world is in a time of transition. Globalization, increasing movement of people across national boundaries, environmental challenges, religious conflict, emerging economies and a multi-polar world all demand shifts in…




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Challenging Western Universalism

One of the most important objectives of my recent book, ‘Being Different, An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism‘ (HarperCollins, 2011) is to refute Western claims of universalism. According to these…


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Stereotyping Hindu Dharma in American Education

This essay is based on an inquiry in which I wondered why: Hindu kids and even adults in America are apologetic about their religion, generally preferring to distance themselves from…