Vishal Agarwal

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Vishal Agarwal (born 1970) is an Indian-American scholar and author. He writes on Indian philosophy, history and contemporary Indian society from an academic standpoint.

His articles appeared among others in The Wall Street Journal and in publications such as the Journal of Indo-European Studies and the Journal of the Indian Archaeological Society.[1] Agarwal's work was analyzed and criticized by Martha Nussbaum in her work "The Clash Within". Nussbaum wrote that Vishal Agarawal has written an informed attack on Paul Courtright, and that he engaged "in detail with specific passages in the book, and its tone, though influenced by Malhtora's, is more courteous".[2]

In July 2006, Vishal Agarwal received the 'Praachavidyaa-paarangata' award by the World Association of Vedic Studies.[3][4]

Partial list of publications[edit]

  • A case study in Eminent Historiography, In: India's Only Communalist, ed. by Koenraad Elst, Voice of India: New Delhi (2005)
  • Misrepresentation of Ancient India in American School Textbooks. History Today, Vol 7 (2006-2007); pp. 72–89
  • Misrepresentation and Stereotyping of Hindu Dharma in History Textbooks in India [archive] In "History Today", vol. 5, 2004-05:61-76
  • Awakening Latent Spirituality, Nurturing Children in the Hindu Tradition. pp. 19–32 in Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality, ed. by Karen M Yust et al., Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc (Chicago); 2006

Criticism of bias in Indology

  • The New Stereotypes Of Hindus In Western Indology [1] [archive]

Criticism of pseudo-science / psychoanalysis in Indology

Wendy Doniger

Criticism of Vinay Lal

Criticism of Romila Thapar

Criticism of Witzel

California textbook anti-Hindu bias


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  1. *A Reply to Michael Witzel’s ‘Ein Fremdling im Rgveda’ [archive], (2003/2005). (Journal of Indo-European Studies, Vol. 31, No.1-2: pp.107-185, 2003). In Puratattva, Vol. 35 (2004-2005)
  2. Nussbaum, Martha (2007), The clash within democracy, religious violence, and India's future. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 9780674030596.
  3. A Reply to Michael Witzel’s 'Ein Fremdling im Rgveda' [archive], (2003/2005). (Journal of Indo-European Studies, Vol. 31, No.1-2: pp.107-185, 2003). In Puratattva, Vol. 35 (2004-2005)
  4. Nussbaum, Martha C. (2008), The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future, Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-03059-6<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Agarwal, "Is There Vedic Evidence for the Indo-Aryan Immigration to India?", Dialogue (Journal of Astha Bharati, New Delhi), vol. 8, No. 1, July-September 2006, pp. 122-145.

Further reading[edit]

  • McComas Taylor, Mythology Wars the Indian diaspora, Wendys children and the struggle for the Hindu past, Asian Studies Review, 2011

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