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Guided Research and Book Writing Fellowships On Kashmir

Today the nation is celebrating the steps taken by the Government to integrate Jammu and Kashmir with India. On this occasion Indic Academy‘s Inter Gurukula university Centre (IGUC) notes with pride how Bharatiya Vidwans are celebrating the occasion reminding the nation of how pre-modern Sanskrit and other Indian Literature paint a word picture of Kashmir and Kashmiris, highlighting what Kashmir meant to Indic culture and vice-versa.

IGUC wishes to join these celebrations by announcing three Short-term Guided Research and Book Writing Fellowships of Rs 30,000/- each with a three months duration.

Scholars, research students, public intellectuals and/or anyone who is interested in writing a well researched book on this topic may send their Statement of Interest along with their profile to IGUC at namaste@indica.org.in.

IGUC suggests the following topics for the books:

  • Shankara, Advaita and Kashmir: It is well known that Kashmir forms a part of the Shankara’s geo-cultural vision of oneness for Bharat. It is also well known that Mata Sarada of Sarada Peeth of Kashmir is a very significant part of Sankara’s vision. Sarada is an important deity in all the Sankara Peethas and Mathas. Kashmir has always been a cradle of various strands of Advaita.
  • Abhinava Gupta ‘s influence beyond Kashmir: One of the monumental icons of ancient India’s intellectual achievements, Abhinava Gupta and his literary contributions need no new introduction. A book focusing specifically on the influence of his contributions in philosophy, Tantra, Yoga and other intellectual, spiritual and cultural traditions of India is the need of the hour.
  • Tirthas and Kshetras of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in oral and written literature: It is well known that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh hold an intense sacral significance to Indians which is very well expressed through oral traditions and written literary works in Sanskrit and other Indian languages. A book compiling and analyzing all such expressions at one place is long overdue.

These topics are only indicative. Scholars, research students, public intellectuals and/or anyone who is interested in writing a well researched book celebrating the occasion may come up with other topics highlighting how pre-modern Sanskrit and other Indian Literature wrote about Kashmir.

The Fellowship begins from the 1st of September, 2019.

The last date for sending the Statements of Interest with profiles is the 20th of August, 2019.

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