Many thanks for the news. A hostel at BORI would indeed be very
However, before we untie our purse strings, a few questions must be put
1. Only a few months ago it was announced that the Union Govt. in Delhi
would give BORI a lot of money. So how does this square with the
2. More importantly, some 4 years ago, during the heyday of the
nationalistic BJP Govt., BORI took some serious steps against
non-Indian members (I think, even against life members) and restricted
their voting rights and activities (please correct me in details).
Now, I know that the Mughal proverb "Dilli duur ast" still applies, and
that regulations are one thing, and every day activities another. But
one would like to know whether we would now help funding an
organization that has recently put anti-foreign legislation on its
books, and why do they (still?) keep it.
(All of this happened well before the more recent (sub-)nationalistic
violence directed against the BORI library and even against some of
its members, as mentioned by J.Kirkpatrick.)
A clarification would be welcome.
Personally speaking, I had only the best experiences at BORI, and Pune
in general, but that was in Dandekar's time, well before the current
So, the persons who might know should let us all know.
On Apr 1, 2007, at 6:24 AM, George Cardona wrote:
> Dear colleagues, It's the weekend, so that a message that is not
> strictly academic is also in order. I just received a note from Prof.
> M. G. Dhadphale, Honourable Secretary of the Bhandarkar Oriental
> Research Institute, Pune, in which he asks me to circulate an appeal
> for assistance. In order to create better facilities for visiting
> scholars, he proposes to have built a new small hostel along with
> related facilities. To this end, he asks that interested Indologists
> offer contributions. I hope we may all help in this project. Thanks.
> George Cardona
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