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Being Different

Being Different

An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism

by Rajiv Malhotra

"Being Different is a memorable book...it asks us to look freshly at India and the West, ... a necessary virtue, essential to understanding our neighbors and even ourselves."

 

—Francis X. Clooney, Society of Jesus and Parkman Professor of Divinity, Harvard University

About the Book

About the Book

An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism

Being Different addresses the challenge of direct and honest engagement on differences, by reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the observed to the observer and looking at the West from the dharmic point of view.

Read the Book's Introduction

Read the Book's Introduction

"This book is about how India differs from the West, and hopes to set the terms for a deeper and more informed engagement between dharmic and Western civilizations." Read the full Introduction from Being Different.

About Rajiv Malhotra, Author

About Rajiv Malhotra, Author

Rajiv Malhotra is an Indian-American researcher, writer, speaker and public intellectual on current affairs as they relate to civilizations, cross-cultural encounters, religion and science. Contact Rajiv at RajivMalhotra2007@gmail.com.

Radio Interview

Radio Interview

Listen to Rajiv Malhotra's interview with Dr. Alvin Jones of WCBQ AM.
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Visit the Book Website

Visit the Book Website

Check out the book website for more reviews, videos, discussion forums and commentary on Being Different.

The Importance of Being Different: A Q&A with Rajiv Malhotra

The Importance of Being Different: A Q&A with Rajiv Malhotra

"I feel that the dharmic approaches to "difference" offer a new and fresh approach to interfaith relations, which till now have been pursued with little success, and mainly through the paradigms of Abrahamic religions."

Rajiv's Blog @ Patheos

Rajiv's Blog @ Patheos

Read daily posts by Rajiv Malhotra and join the conversation.

Praise for Being Different

Praise for Being Different

By Many Diverse Voices

Read what other authors, scholars and thought-leaders have to say about Being Different.

Book Club Roundtable

Being Different Without Rancor

Being Different Without Rancor

For the older generation of Indians, which was just about gathering their wits when India became free from the British yoke in 1947, Being Different was like a breath of fresh air, which echoed their deeply felt perceptions & feelings about the importance of India as a land, which had still a great deal to give to the rest of the world.

An Indian Renaissance

An Indian Renaissance

Christopher Shannon

A new renaissance in Indic thought and culture is gathering force, and Rajiv Malhotra’s latest book, Being Different, is at this the forefront.

Moving Beyond Binaries

Moving Beyond Binaries

Brianne Donaldson

As a scholar of Jainism—one of the four Dharma traditions—I couldn't be happier to have another voice emphasizing the instructive precepts of Indic philosophy, among them the authority of individual experience over doctrines, the body as an instrument of knowledge, the anticipation of ongoing change in the world, and the interconnected unity among all life forms.

Being Different: A New Classic for Inter-religious Dialogue

Being Different: A New Classic for Inter-religious Dialogue

Ravi Ravindra

Rajiv Malhotra's book Being Different is a masterpiece and a must read for anybody interested in the East-West dialogue or in Hinduism or Christianity.

Belonging and Being Different

Belonging and Being Different

Indrani Rampersad

This should be prescribed reading for people trying to understand why they find it difficult to "belong" in hegemonic societies, and for those who exercise the hegemony so they can appreciate the violence that they are perpetuating and perhaps do something about it.

Confessions of a Western Universalist

Confessions of a Western Universalist

Carl Gregg

Having read a fair amount of postmodern philosophy, I was sympathetically inclined to Malhotra's general perspective, but I am willing to confess that at the end of the book I remain, for better or worse, a fairly unreconstructed Western Universalist.

The Difference That Matters

The Difference That Matters

Rita Sherman

Being Different uses Indian civilization and its interaction with the West as a case study for the problem of the erasure of differences that matter.

The Gift of Difference

The Gift of Difference

Brad Hirschfield

Malhotra argues that ignoring difference in favor of a Pollyannaish, if well-intentioned, flattening of distinction, is not only foolish but arrogant and even dangerous. I could not agree more

Towards an Honest Pluralism

Towards an Honest Pluralism

Jim Burklo

Malhotra's book is an eye-opener, if we recognize the inner vision that can see the seldom-examined presuppositions we use to define and categorize the world.

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