The occupation with the most cowardly and brainless record…

Rajiv Lochan

A few years ago we had the sorry example of Indian professors of history from Indian universities who bent over backwards, hid facts, refused to be even handed in their analyses. When the judges asked them about the bases of their strongly held views on say the demolition of the Babri masjid, the #historyprofessors from JNU, DU etc. cut a very sorry figure

It would be hard to name any other occupation with a more cowardly record than academics, wrote Thomas Sowell in 2008. He was referring to American academics. His remarks would well fit Indian professors too. In addition to being cowardly the typical Indian academic is also brainless, without any honour and eager to follow someone in power– whether it be ideas from white America or sucking up to sundry prime ministers in India, Narendra Modi included. Little wonder that such academics are ignored by everyone, including those whom they revere.

A few years ago we had the sorry example of Indian professors of history from Indian universities who bent over backwards, hid facts, refused to be even handed in their analyses. When the judges asked them about the bases of their strongly held views on say the demolition of the Babri masjid, the #historyprofessors from JNU, DU etc. cut a very sorry figure and had to confess that they had no bases for the views that they had been propagating in favour of the #Babrimasjid for so long.

Similarly, the professors of political science, sociology and economics. They revel in reproducing ideas and opinions they learn by watching graduate students from universities in the US and UK. They feel scared in providing details of their own field studies, especially when their field studies controvert the assertions of the white men from the west. Even their radicalism and questioning of the state and society in India is based on mindlessly copying various fashions from American and British universities.

Being a ‘leftist’ or a ‘Marxist’ came in as a good excuse for the cowardly Indian academic for claiming that their brainlessness was actually part of some wider academic trend in the world.


Rajiv Lochan is an acclaimed scholar, historian and columnist.

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