William Dalrymple is another character whom I admired in my confused days. I considered him to be a true admirer of India. I had browsed some of his books and seen them in many book shelves of friends and family.
I got suspicious when I learned that he is one of the main organizers of the Jaipur literary festival and has hosted and showered praises on Sheldon Pollock. While at the same time blocked Rajiv Malhotra from being invited to the festival.
That is guilt by association, and not a clinching evidence. I agree. Now read these articles:
- Does Willy get it Wilfully wrong? by Farrukh Dhondy (Outlook 2004)
- William Dalrymple’s incurable colonial hangover by Arvind Kumar (Indiafacts 2014)
Still not convinced. Ok, just consider this a red flag and BEWARE!