The battle for Sanskrit: is Sanskrit political or sacred, oppressive or liberating, dead or alive? (Record no. 202520)

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International Standard Book Number 9789351775386
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Item number M2B2
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Personal name Malhotra, Rajiv
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Title The battle for Sanskrit: is Sanskrit political or sacred, oppressive or liberating, dead or alive?
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Name of publisher, distributor, etc Harper Collins Publishers India
Date of publication, distribution, etc 2016
Place of publication, distribution, etc Noida
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Extent xviii, 468 p.
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Bibliography, etc Table of Contents:

1. The hijacking of Sanskrit and Sanskriti

2. From European orientation to American

3. The Obsession with secularizing Sanskrit

4. Sanskrit considered a source of Oppression

5. Ramayana framed as socially irresponsible

6. Politieizing Indian literature

7. Politieizing the history of Sanskrit and the Vernaculars

8. The Sanskrit Web as an alternative hypothesis

9. Declaring Sanskrit dead and Sanskriti Non-existent

10. Is Sheldon Pollock too big to be criticized?

11. Conclusion: the way forward


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Summary, etc There is a new awakening in India that is challenging the ongoing westernization of the discourse about India. The Battle for Sanskrit seeks to alert traditional scholars of Sanskrit and sanskriti – Indian civilization – concerning an important school of thought that has its base in the US and that has started to dominate the discourse on the cultural, social and political aspects of India. This academic field is called Indology or Sanskrit studies. From their analysis of Sanskrit texts, the scholars of this field are intervening in modern Indian society with the explicitly stated purpose of removing ‘poisons’ allegedly built into these texts. They hold that many Sanskrit texts are socially oppressive and serve as political weapons in the hands of the ruling elite; that the sacred aspects need to be refuted; and that Sanskrit has long been dead. The traditional Indian experts would outright reject or at least question these positions. The start of Rajiv Malhotra’s feisty exploration of where the new thrust in Western Indology goes wrong, and his defence of what he considers the traditional, Indian approach, began with a project related to the Sringeri Sharada Peetham in Karnataka, one of the most sacred institutions for Hindus. There was, as he saw it, a serious risk of distortion of the teachings of the peetham, and of sanatana dharma more broadly. Whichever side of the fence one may be on, The Battle for Sanskrit offers a spirited debate marshalling new insights and research. It is a valuable addition to an important subject, and in a larger context, on two ways of looking. Is each view exclusive of the other, or can there be a bridge between them? Readers can judge for themselves.


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Topical term or geographic name as entry element Sanskrit - Language
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Topical term or geographic name as entry element Indian literature
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