S. N. Balagangadhara is a professor at the Ghent University, Belgium. He is currently the director of ‘Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenscap’ and the UGent India Platform. He is interested in a comparative study of Indian and Western cultures and is active in multiple academic domains, including Cultural Psychology, Comparative Law, Philosophy and Ethics, and Religious Studies.
During the last two decades, I have been pursuing an unorthodox way of studying cultural differences, focusing mainly on the Indian and the western cultures. Because I believe that one can answer questions about the circumscription of the words ‘Indian’ and ‘western’ cultures satisfactorily (Balangangadhara, 1994), I will assume their intelligibility in what follows. In this paper, I want to raise a rather intriguing problem about comparing these two cultures. I shall do that without looking at other approaches to the issue and in the form of an argument. In order to come to the point quickly, let me make use of Said’s Orientalism.