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Thursday November 07, 2002
03:51 AM

Paranoia

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Dear Log,

«Yet as Colin Thubron recently pointed out in an important article in the TLS, it is ridiculously simplistic to see all attempts at studying, observing and empathising with another culture necessarily "as an act of domination - rather than of understanding, respect or even catharsis... If even the attempt to understand is seen as aggression or appropriation, then all human contact declines into paranoia."»

--review of Charles Allen's The Buddha and the Sahibs

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  • Quoting the same article:

    What is perhaps especially valuable about The Buddha and the Sahibs is Allen's gentle reminder of exactly how and why Buddhism died out in the land of its birth. Every child in India knows that when the Muslims first came to India that they desecrated temples and smashed idols. But what is conveniently forgotten is that during the Hindu revival at the end of the first millennium AD, many Hindu rulers had behaved in a similar fashion to the Buddhists.

    I don't know what exactly th