Voice of India

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Voice of India is a publishing house based in New Delhi, India, that specialises in books about current affairs, socio-cultural and political issues, and challenges before India and its people from the perspective of Hindu Culture, society and Hindu revivalism. It was founded by Sita Ram Goel in 1983 and joined by Ram Swarup.

History[edit]

Mr. Goel's motive and objective in his own words behind founding the publishing house is to equip Hindu society with the information, knowledge and perspective needed to fight and counter the ideological, cultural, political, psychological and physical aggressions upon it by ideological and political forces that have been inimical and predatory towards it from the beginning, namely radical Islam, evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity, and Communism/ Marxism.[citation needed]

According to Heuze, the Voice of India authors draw their inspiration from democratic texts, European thought and secular and democratic polemicists to justify their anti-Islamic crusade, and they distance themselves from everything that could be perceived as extreme-right. [1]

It is notable for English language books by eminent journalists, historians, social commentators and academicians such as Arun Shourie, David Frawley, Shrikant Talageri, Francois Gautier, Harsh Narain, Subhash Kak, Koenraad Elst, and N. S. Rajaram.[2][3] VOI has also published the official VHP evidence bundle in the book "History versus Casuistry, Evidence of the Ramajanmabhoomi Mandir". It has also published on the controversial Out of India theory.[2][3] Voice of India books are reportedly widespread among the ranks of the leaders of the Sangh Parivar.[3]

Critics of Voice of India have claimed it is part of a "cottage industry" indulging in historical revisionism, as put forward by Michael Witzel and Steve Farmer in their debunking of "horse seal," of The Deciphered Indus Script (by N. S. Rajaram and N. Jha, Aditya Prakashan, 2000) in 2000:[4]

The Greek Indologist Nicholas Kazanas, in a reply to Witzel's criticism, wrote that Witzel's comments on Voice of India in the Frontline magazine have "the shrill tones of McCarthyism or any totalitarian dogmatism (and censorship)". [5]

Voice of India has also received praise from admirers, David Frawley stated:[6]

Koenrad Elst stated that it is "remarkable that all the writers who have published contributions to Hindu thought in the Voice of India series, are not members of any RSS front".[7]

The magazine Hinduism Today has for many years honored the views of Ram Swarup[8] in a number of its articles and publications, as it has also honored the views of Sita Ram Goel and the work of VOI.[9] This reflects their writings wide influence on contemporary Hindu thought.

Arun Shourie praised the work of Voice of India published authors, stating: "One final reason for being confident is that because of the work of Ram Swarup, Sitaram Goel, Koenraad Elst, David Frawley, and Rajiv Malhotra the corpus is now reaching a critical mass. So, that we can think that within few years we will have a library for India and a library of India. " [10][11]

Partial list of publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heuze, Gerard (1993). Où va l'inde moderne?. Harmattan. pp. 91ff,114ff,123ff. ISBN 2738417558. 
  2. ^ a b Michael Witzel, 'Rama's Realm: Indocentric rewriting of early South Asian archaeology and history' in: Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public Routledge (2006), ISBN 0-415-30593-4, p. 205.[1]
  3. ^ a b c Michael Bergunder, "Contested Past", Historiographia Linguistica xxxi:1 (2004), 59–104.[2]
  4. ^ Witzel, Michael and Steve Farmer. 2000. Horseplay in Harappa, Frontline, 17(20), September 30-October 13.
  5. ^ The RV Date - a Postscript', by N Kazanas. Athens, Greece. http://www.omilosmeleton.gr/english/documents/rdp.pdf
  6. ^ David FrawleyHow I became a Hindu: My discovery of Vedic Dharma
  7. ^ Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society (1991) Footnote 311
  8. ^ "Hinduism Today's farewell tribute to Sri Ram Swarup". Hinduism Today. 
  9. ^ "The Sagely Activist, Sita Ram Goel". Hinduism Today. 
  10. ^ "Arun Shourie's lecture of Indra's Net". 
  11. ^ Das, Sankhadip (3 March 2014). "Transcript: Arun Shourie's Lecture on 'Indra's Net'". Hitchhiker's Guide to Rajiv Malhotra's Works. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

Sources

  • Hock, H.H. 1999. Through a glass darkly: modern “racial” interpretations. In J. Bronkhorst and M.M. Deshpande (eds), Aryan and Non-Aryan in South Asia – Evidence, Interpretation and Ideology, pp. 145–74. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Oriental Series, Opera Minora, Vol. 3, Harvard University.University.
  • Heuze, Gerard (1993). Où va l'inde moderne?. Harmattan. ISBN 2738417558. 

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