N. S. Rajaram

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Navaratna Srinivasa Rajaram (born 1943 in Mysore) is an Indian mathematician, notable for his publications with the Voice of India publishing house focusing on the "Indigenous Aryans" controversy in Indian politics, in some instances in co-authorship with David Frawley. He is also a member of Folks Magazine's Editorial Board since 2009.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Rajaram holds a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Indiana University, and has published papers on statistics in the 1970s[2][3] and on artificial intelligence[4][5] and [6] in the 1980s.

Indian history[edit]

Rajaram has published on topics related to ancient Indian history and Indian archaeology, alleging Eurocentric bias in Indology and Sanskrit scholarship, arguing within the "Indigenous Aryans" ideology instead. According to Rajaram,

"Indology is a ‘secular eschatology’ built around a Euro-centric view of the world... Its creators were driven mainly by European colonial and Christian missionary interests."[citation needed]

Rajaram's work and publications claim to expose the "lack of scientific methodology" that has gone into the field of Indology. He has criticized the process by which, he says, eurocentric 19th century "Indologists / missionaries" arrived at many of their conclusions. Rajaram questions how it was possible for 19th century European evangelical "Indologists / missionaries" to study and develop hypotheses on Indian history, claiming many of them were "functionally illiterate" in Indian languages, including even the fundamental classical language, Sanskrit, suggesting that "every available modern tool from archaeology to computer science" be used to "clearing away the cobwebs cast by questionable linguistic theories" as he chooses to refer to mainstream historical linguistics and philology.[7]

Rajaram has also published on historical Indian mathematics found in the Sulbasutras and the Vedas.

Criticism[edit]

Rajaram's some view points are characterized by physicist and pseudoscience expert Alan Sokal as pseudoscience,[8] and by Asko Parpola as "trash" and "crude" or "nonsensical propaganda".[9][10] Rajaram's and Jha's claim of having deciphered the Indus script were also questioned by other competing experts such as Iravatham Mahadevan.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Magazine, Folks. "Folks Magazine's Editorial Board". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ robotics[5]
  7. ^ Rajaram 1995, page 230, (cited in Bryant 2001 page 74
  8. ^ Rajaram's claim that Many of the questions arising in Quantum Physics today had been anticipated by Swami Vivekananda heads the chapter on Hindu nationalism in Alan Sokal's 2004 essay on Pseudoscience and Postmodernism
  9. ^ A. Parpola, Of Rajaram's 'Horses', 'decipherment' and civilisational issues,
  10. ^ Frontline, November 2000 [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Alan D. Sokal, Pseudoscience and Postmodernism: Antagonists or Fellow-Travelers? in: Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public, ed. Fagan (2004). Downloadable
  • "Horseplay in Harappa" review by Witzel & Farmer, Frontline, October 2000.
  • A Tale of Two Horses, Frontline, November 2000, includes:
    • N. S. Rajaram, "Frontline Cover has 'the head of a horse'" [7]
    • "Jha sent the photo... I have not computer enhanced it" (interview with Rajaram)
    • A. Parpola, Of Rajaram's 'Horses', 'decipherment' and civilisational issues
    • I. Mahadevan One sees what one wants to [8]
    • Witzel & Farmer, New Evidence on the 'Piltdown Horse' Hoax

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