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Since its appearance in late 2011 Rajiv Malhotra’s Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism (HarperCollins India) has provoked strong reactions among its readers, both within and outside the academy. Malhotra challenges what he calls Western scholarship’s “grand narrative” of religion with its self-serving presumption of the superiority of the Judaeo-Christian worldview over the “dharmic” perspective of the Indian religions, i.e. of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

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