I will be giving a talk on The Indic Intellectual tradition at the 17th biannual TANA convention at the Rosemont convention center in Chicago during July 2 to July 4. Sheldon Pollock of Columbia University had written a paper on the History of Indic Intellectual Ideas titled ” “Is there an Indian Intellectual History?” Journal of Indian Philosophy . The content of the paper was relatively unremarkable, but the title was intriguing. I was astonished that the civilization with the largest literary output in the ancient era should be confronted with such a question.
In this powerpoint presentation i will try to address the contributions of the Indics in specific areas such as The Indic Weltanschuung (Darshanas), Astronomy, and History .
There are many distortions in the curent version of Indic History. Nehru was only right partially when he said that the History of India is , “an ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie had been inscribed, and yet no succeeding layer had completely hidden or erased what had been written previously.” (Nehru, Discovery of India, 1946, 38-39). Where he was wrong was that for the most part the history of the Indic peoples has been a continuous evolution. For example, the Buddhists never attempted to erase what was there before them and the notion of exclusive allegience to a religious dogma is entirely an Abrahamic construct that was certainly not practiced in India before India was colonized. Due to exigencies o f time I will be able to address only a few of the distortions in indic History.
If any of the readers of the Medha Journal happen to attend the convention, I will be happy to meet with them. A downlevel version of the presentation is available at scribd.com
There is a hard copy available of all the slides in color at lulu.com
The Indic Intellectual Tradition (ID #7334508): http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/the-indic-intellectual-tradition/7334508
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