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Book Review: ‘The Sabarimala Confusion: Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’ By Nithin Sridhar

The whole issue of menstruation and related matters came to the fore during the recent Supreme Court Judgement which allowed women of the reproductive age to enter the sacred hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala in the state of Kerala. The self branded liberal intellectuals viewed this judgement as a step towards the ‘empowerment’ and ‘emancipation’ of Hindu women. Women, especially those hailing from Kerala itself showed great resentment towards this judgement and initiated the ‘Ready to Wait’ Movement which was a clear indication that the Hindu women of the menstruating age had patience to visit the Sabarimala Temple after crossing this stage. There were a lot of misconceptions- many of them deliberately generated by the so called liberals about the Hindu view of menstruation and the entire issue of Sabarimala Temple Entry came to be linked to menstruation alone. Against the background of such rampant misconceptions Sri Nithin Sridhar’s book titled ‘Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective’ has been published at the opportune moment to give a fitting reply to the wrong ideas …

Tantrayukti – An Indic Approach to Scientific Discourse

Ancient India’s scientific/shastric tradition is so insistent on coherent and concise expression of thought that it has even codified and classified the various conventions employed in any discourse or exposition of a topic. These conventions are called Tantrayukti. While they are used in numerous Indic texts, some have explicitly identified and enlisted them to help readers. Understanding Tantrayukti and identifying their usage is crucial for correctly interpreting seminal Indic scientific treatises such as Ayurvedic texts and Arthashastra. About 35-40 yuktis have been identified as most handy. Examples include “enumeration of a taxonomy, term definition, forward/backward reference, extrapolation, etc.). The word Tantrayukti has multiple meanings. One of them is the “logic/rationale (yukti) that binds a discourse (tantra or shastra) or its elements together. Through this workshop, we’d like to revive this glorious tradition for authentic study of Indic knowledge as well as contemporary applications. We will also take a look at what makes a thesis sound and some commonly seen shortcomings in many theses. Expected Outcomes Understanding the Indian systematic approach to organize thoughts and writing …

International Vakyartha Sadas

Indic Academy’s Inter-Gurukula University Centre in collaboration with Bharatiya Shikhan Mandal and under the auspices of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University is proud to present the 1st International Vakyartha Sabha. The Sabha will be held in Varanasi from the 4th to the 6th of July. Introduction to Vakyartha Sadas Sadas is a formal but affectionate assembly, especially of scholars. Vakyartha is a format of sadas. A proposition about a highly minute and profound aspect of a shastra is made by one of the members of the assembly. Arguments for the proposition and counter against all the possible objections to the arguments are also presented. A rigorously methodological and critical questioning of the validity of the same as per that shastra is done by the remaining members. The member defends his proposition using the rigorous dialectical and critical methodology referencing from all the relevant vast, deep and intricate aspects of the shastra. Such sessions are usually relished by the audience. Though various Vedic disciplines such as Mimamsa (hermeneutics), Nyaya (logic), Vyakarana (grammar), Vedanta (liberation) etc. have vakyartha as …

Travel Grants For Seminar On Purva Mimamsa

Pūrva Mīmāṃsā is one of the oldest School of thought, probably dating back to the 3 rd century BCE, that engages deeply in the interpretation of Vedic texts for a pragmatic application of prescribed rituals in the daily life of a Vedic adherent. In the early phase of philosophical development in the Indian sub-continent, the Pūrva Mīmāṃsā or simply the Mīmāṃsā school reigned supremacy over other schools owing to its popularity of practical ritualistic application. The Mīmāṃsā, emphasizing on the karmakāṇḍa portion of the Vedas, found its systematic presentation in the aphoristic work of Maharṣi Jaimini (300 – 200 BCE) which emphasized the philosophy of life, viz., karma in the form of dharma in the very opening aphorism – athāto dharma jijñāsā. The pre-Jaimini preceptors who are identified as authoritative sources referenced by Jaimini are Bādarāyaṇa, Bādarī, Ātreya, and Kṛṣṇājini, thus claiming the presence of Mīmāṃsā thought at least two centuries before Jaimini. Not withstanding the overpowering of the Vedāntic philosophical thought, the Mīmāṃsā school re-emerged as a darśana bifurcating into two main schools viz., …

Fellowship For Research And Book Writing

Indic Academy’s Inter-University Centre for Indic Knowledge Studies, as part of its commitment to promote quality research based book writing in Indic Knowledge Studies is glad to institute a “Fellowship For Research And Book Writing” program. This Fellowship program is not oriented towards a degree or title. The Fellowship carries an honorarium of Rs 10,000/- per month and publication of the book written through the fellowship. (In the case of a fieldwork-based research fieldwork expenditure is provided under the guidance/scrutiny of the guide). In all, five fellowships are awarded from one of the themes below. The fellowship is open to applicants from all over the world. Applicants from countries other than India will be paid the equivalent honorarium in dollars. Indic Academy with it’s global network will promote the sales of the publication and ensure great impact of the research work on the academic and public intellectuals. Research Topics: Applicants may choose topics from the themes listed below. Against each theme one topic is suggested by IUC for IKS. Among these themes applicants may also …

Best PhD Award in Indic Knowledge Systems

Best PhD Award for Indic Knowledge Systems

INDIC ACADEMY INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR INDIC KNOWLEDGE STUDIES Announces Best PhD Award for Indic Knowledge Systems Indic Academy’s  Inter-University Centre for Indic Knowledge Studies , as part of its commitment to promote quality research in Indic Knowledge Studies is glad to institute “Best PhD Award for Indic Knowledge Systems” from the year 2018. There will be three prizes: First : Cash Award of Rs. 50,000 + Publication of the Dissertation Second : Cash Award of Rs. 30,000 + Publication of the Dissertation Third : Cash Award of Rs. 20,000 + Publication of the Dissertation Apart from these a few more dissertations may be selected for publication without cash award. Indic Academy with its widespread network can promote the sales of the publication and ensure great impact of the research work on the academic and general world of readers. Who can apply/nominate? PhD research scholars who have been awarded PhD degree during the year Jan-2018 to December 2018 and those whose PhD dissertation has undergone the due process required for the award and the formality of …