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Being Different by Rajiv Malhotra
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Jun 11, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

The author is attempting to challenge the very notion "that institutions based on Western Philosophy are the solution to world's problems". Though some Westernized Indians know that there is a huge problem with the western solutions to the world problem, we are not sure about the exact cause of these problems.

To explain that he first needed to explain the origin of Western Universalism framework and interpret it in terms of Indic Philosophical (or Dharmic philosopical) perspective. This was done brilliantly. Being a moderately westernized Indian, I have some trouble to understand the full depth of the Indian Philosophical overview he provides in this book. It will take some time for me to sink in views he presented. As he suggested, I may have to master the sanskrit language in order to fully appreciate his views.

Nevertheless a great read for those who are interested in "connecting the dots" of various aspects of society (politics, economics, science etc ).

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