Krishna’s eternal message in the Bhagavadgita is the civilizational vision of India that inspired its freedom struggle and found a new expression in the writings of Sri Aurobindo.
By reducing the motives of those involved in debates on Indian history to racial prejudice, Devdutt Pattanaik lazily brushes aside the diversity in the politics of those engaged in the intellectual battle. Predictably, he turns out to be wrong on many counts.
Romila Thapar's recent lecture on Max Weber, in which she rightly pointed out the many misrepresentations of Hindu society in his body of work, demonstrates why ideological adversaries in scholarship should not be branded as evil. Rather, engaging them with reason and objectivity is a much more useful and productive course of action for both sides of the debate.