Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Launch - Prof. Vamsee Krishna Juluri's Rearming Hinduism - 5 Apr 2015


An initiative under the aegis of
Centre for Educational and Social Studies (CESS) organizes

Bangalore Launch of Prof Vamsee Krishna Juluri's 

  Rearming Hinduism - Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence

The book will be introduced by
 Shatavadhani Dr R Ganesh,
Writer, Scholar

   The event will be presided over by
Shri P V Krishna Bhatta,
Member of Legislative Council, Karnataka
and President, CESS

The event will be followed by an open house.

Date: 5 Apr 2015
Time: 3:45PM

(Please be on time as mark of respect to fellow attendees)

Venue: Jnana Jyothi Auditorium,
Central College Campus, Palace Road,
Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore

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This event will be webcast Live on Jijnasa Youtube Channel.

Speaker Profile:

Prof Vamsee Krishna Juluri

Vamsee Krishna Juluri is a Professor of Media Studies at the University of San Francisco and a novelist, author and public intellectual whose writings have been published in Swarajya, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Hinduism Today, Patheos, Indian Express, The Hindu, India Currents, and First Post.

Books by Vamsee Juluri:

Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence (Westland, 2015)

Bollywood Nation: India through its Cinema (Penguin India, 2013)

The Mythologist: A Novel (Penguin India, 2010)

Becoming a Global Audience: Longing and Belonging in Indian Music Television (Peter Lang, 2003).

About the book:

Rearming Hinduism is a handbook for intellectual resistance. Through an astute and devastating critique of Hinduphobia in today’s academia, media and popular culture, Vamsee Juluri shows us that what the Hinduphobic worldview denies virulently is not only the truth and elegance of Hindu thought, but the very integrity and sanctity of the natural world itself. 

By boldly challenging some of the media age’s most popular beliefs about nature, history, and pre-history along with the usual Hinduphobic myths about Aryans, invasions, and blood-sacrifices, Rearming Hinduism links Hinduphobia and its hubris to a predatory and self-destructive culture that perhaps only a renewed Hindu sensibility can effectively oppose. It is a call to see the present in a way that elevates our desa and kala to the ideals of the sanathana dharma once again.

About Jijnasa:


The literal meaning of the word Jijnasa in Sanskrit is Inquiry. Jijnasa is a platform under the aegis of CESS, which is an effort to promote the quest for knowledge.
It is hard to obtain the company of the noble.
It is easy to obtain the company of the ignoble.
Pebbles are available in plenty; but it is hard to obtain the precious diamond.

India is not just a nation state but a civilization state. A civilization that prides itself for the spirit of inquiry, and is not based on a contrived belief system or historicity. A civilization that is firmly rooted in Dharma. A civilization that has much to offer and inspire the world.

However, our ignorance about ourselves is profound. It is therefore Jijnasa’s desire to invoke the spirit of inquiry, which can set people on the journey of self discovery. Its aim is to provoke and equip people to see things beyond the limited mainstream discourse on issues of national importance and seek solutions to contemporary issues facing the country.

It is important to understand ourselves before we can understand the issues around us. Enlightened individuals make for an assertive society, which has the womb to carry traditions along with modernity. Jijnasa’s attempt is to make fellow travelers discover the heterogeneity of the Indian traditions yet the cohesiveness that has stood us in good stead for several thousand years. At the core of Jijnasa, is the desire to build an innate ability to see the world from an exalted position, which is so essential for a country aspiring to play center stage in world affairs.

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