If anybody had wondered, like I have done, about whether the works of Rajiv Malhotra (a highly influential Hindu thinker and writer of today) took inspiration or influence from the illustrious Sita Ram Goel (1921 – 2003) and Ram Swarup (1920 – 1998), I recently mailed him this question and the following was the response (which is quoted with permission):
I did not know either of them, but today in hindsight I hold them in high regard. Had I known them I would have liked to collaborate.
But my journey through westernization in outer lifestyle alongside my Hindu interior was very different than most Hindu thinkers. This is both a handicap as well as asset – I know the west far deeper and better than most Hindus do.
2 – Wiki bio of Sita Ram Goel – I don’t generally recommend Wiki bios, but I feel this particular one is of good quality.
3 – Ram Swarup (1920-98): outline of a biography by Koenraad Elst