Friday, November 18, 2011

21/11 - Bangalore event for BEING DIFFERENT - An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism

18th nov, 2011 CE

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From: sri venkat <>
Date: Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 3:18 AM
Subject: 21/11 - Bangalore event for BEING DIFFERENT - An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism

Dear Friends

Rajiv's "Being Different: Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism is an eye opening book.  A good book review is here

From: Rajiv Malhotra <>


Prasthutha ('Relevant Thoughts for Responsible People')

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

cordially invites you to the launch of the book



Shri Rajiv Malhotra

Date:  21st November 2011 (Monday)
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: 'Satish Dhawan Auditorium', CSIC Building,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Tea: 5 pm

Sri TV Mohandas Pai
(Chairman, Manipal Universal Learnings)
will release the book & address the gathering

Prof. Roddam Narasimha,
ISRO Distinguished Professor, CAOS, IISc
will preside.




Rajiv Malhotra's Being Different is a path breaking book filled with
original perspectives on both Indian and Western civilizations. It is
not a business book per se. It's concerns are mainly metaphysical,
cultural and civilizational. It challenges Western categories of
knowledge as well as the Western perspective's de facto status as
arbiter of what is considered universally true. To the businessperson
or entrepreneur – both Indian and Western - its value lies in raising
cultural awareness and thereby enhancing the intercultural competence  needed in today's business world. "India is its own distinct andunified civilization with a proven ability to manage profound
differences, engage creatively with various cultures, religions and
philosophies, and peacefully integrate many diverse streams of
humanity. These values are based on ideas about divinity, the cosmos and humanity that stand in contrast to the fundamental assumptions of Western civilization. This book explores those ideas and assumptions."

- Rajiv Malhotra

About the author:

BEING DIFFERENT is the result of 40 years of practice under several
Indian spiritual masters, combined with a serious study of Indian and
Western philosophical systems and histories. The author, Shri Rajiv
Malhotra, is an Indian–american researcher, writer, speaker and public
intellectual on current affairs as they relate to civilizations,
cross-cultural encounters, religion and science. A scientist by
training and now full-time founder-director of the Infinity Foundation
in Princeton, NJ, he was previously a senior corporate executive, then
a strategic consultant and finally an entrepreneur in information
technology and media. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of
Governors of the center for Indic Studies at the University of
Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and as adviser to various organizations.
Rajiv has been churning a wide range of issues and ideas related to
this book for the past two decades (hence the imagery of the churning
of the ocean on the cover). Using the ancient practice of purva
paksha, he has benefited from the advice and criticism of scholars
from many Western and Indian traditions during the churning, and he
hopes this book will serve to expand these dialogues in the future. He
is the main author of Breaking India: Western Interventions in
Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines
, (Amaryllis, 2011). He is also the main thinker represented in the earlier book Invading the Sacred (Rupa, 2007).

P.S.: Book of Shri Rajiv Malhotra will be available for sale at the
venue at discount rates

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