Rajiv Malhotra, Indian-American author and Hindutva ideologue has been selected as an honorary professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Media Studies. On October 29, Malhotra tweeted that he is going to impart his first lecture as a visiting professor on November 2 and the topic would be “Sanskrit Non-Translatables.”
Malhotra who is a physicist and computer scientist by training is also said to be a fiery Hindutva activist and is retired from entrepreneurship to launch the Infinity Foundation in 1994 to undergo research, philanthropy and public service, as per his website.
Malhotra has gained name and fame for his video lectures and this is why some people also call him as the “Ayn Rand of Internet Hindutva.” The books written by him include Battle for Sanskrit and Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines, Indra’s Net: Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity.
In the year 2015, Malhotra was blamed of plagiarism by historian Richard Fox Young. The youths also accused him for not having academic integrity owing to his constant failure to acknowledge sources. Accpeting all the accusations and the charges levied on him by the young people, he stated on the twitter that academic standards expected by the Young were quite high.
This year, in the month of August, Malhotra has tweeted at the time of Kerala floods asking all to raise a helping hand for Kerala Hindus. He tweeted, “Muslims and Christians across the world are donating lots of money to support especially their own agendas and people.” However, he larer on deleted the tweet.
The other latest appointments at JNU, that have been involved in various controversies since the time M. Jagadesh Kumar has taken the charge as vice-chancellor, include an Indian-American computer scientist, Subhash Kak who has been selected as the adjunct faculty at the institution’s School of Engineering and an honorary visiting professor at the Centre for Media Studies. Swapan Dasgupta, Journalist and Rajya Sabha MP is among the centre’s honorary visiting fellows.
As per the reports of Scroll.in, Kak was one of the teachers at US universities who initiated a letter inviting the steps taken by PM Narendra Modi, as a response to a statement given by leading South Asian experts at US universities asking Silicon Valley industrialists to remain careful while doing business with PM Modi.
The selection of Kak, Malhotra and Dasgupta as honorary visiting professors was held after a number of allegations that were imposed on vice chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar by the JNU academic community for disrespecting the regulations to get the candidates close to the Sangh parivar as appointed at the university.