Petition regarding plagiarism

Rajiv Malhotra, whose criticisms of scholarship on India will be familiar to many on this blog, has been accused by Richard Fox Young of plagiarism in his recent book Indra’s Net. Examples of the problematic passages are publicly available. Many of them appear to be drawn, unacknowledged, from the work of Andrew Nicholson, a member of this blog. Malhotra has himself issued public criticism of plagiarism in the past. There is now a petition circulating to HarperCollins, the book’s publisher, to withdraw the book from publication on these grounds.

About Amod Lele

Amod Lele is Lecturer in Philosophy, Educational Technologist in Information Services & Technology, and Visiting Researcher in the Study of Asia at Boston University. He administers the technical side of the Indian Philosophy Blog, as well as running his own cross-cultural philosophy blog, Love of All Wisdom. He holds a PhD with a South Asia focus from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. You can find out more about him than you ever wanted to know at his ePortfolio.

4 Replies to “Petition regarding plagiarism”

    • I just want to thank Professor Nicholson for his statement. This should put an end to any further discussion but apparently Mr. Malhotra is still determined to fight on. In case Mr. Malhotra is following this, he might want to remember the legendary words of Joseph Welch in the McCarthy hearings: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

  1. The allegations hurled at Rajiv Malhotra were proved completely false. Most western scholars have no real idea about India and look at India with western lens and their own history of hatred, lies and bloodshed. Rajiv ji is a one man army against these fake historians. Indian men need such inspiration, hope he inspires many to become like him.

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