09 August, 18
IndiaFacts published a fabulous interview with the world's foremost Indology and Mahabharata expert, Prof Vishwa Adluri.
Prof @VishwaAdluri asks some pointed questions:
"Romila Thapar is considered an expert on ancient India, yet her work recirculates the racial and anti-Semitic views of Lassen, Holtzmann Jr., Hopkins, and others already critiqued in The Nay Science."
"so-called critical scholarship originated with German Protestantism"
"German Indologists such as Christian Lassen, Adolf Holtzmann Jr., and Hermann Oldenberg ... imported racial prejudices into Mahābhārata studies—for example, that an original, heroic epic existed that reflected the Indo-Germanic or Aryan worldview..."
"The idea of an “original” Gītā, moreover, emerged with Adolf Holtzmann Jr., who claimed that there must have originally been a shorter, “heroic” version of the poem that would have been appropriate to the Indo-Germanic warriors."
"contemporary scholars such as Mislav Ježić had fudged their own criteria to fit this prejudice. They were frightened to contradict the academic dogma the German scholars had instituted."
"A critical edition achieves 2 things. 1 it provides a text for the reader—one that strives to approximate the author’s intention as closely as possible by replacing secondary readings with more original ones. 2 it documents the textual variation in the form of a critical appara
" Sukthankar created the critical edition to defend the Mahābhārata. He wanted to show that the text, as far back as we can scientifically reconstruct it, validates the traditional reception of the Mahābhārata as a dharmaśāstra and a mokṣaśāstra."
It is a long and fascinating interview. Nithin (@nkgrock) has done a fantastic job and Prof @VishwaAdluri is lucid and devastating in his critique. "Mahabharata & Modern Scholarship: An Interview With Dr. Vishwa Adluri" http://indiafacts.org/mahabharata-modern-scholarship-an-interview-with-dr-vishwa-adluri/ … Go follow @IndiaFactsOrg
For less than the price of a dinner and a movie, you get to hear and watch the world's foremost Indologist demolish pernicious distortions against the Mahabharata propagated by Hinduphobes like Wendy Doniger. Do attend the workshop in any of the three cities over the next two weeks!
Delhi: August 11th, 2018 (Saturday)
Bangalore: August 15th, 2018 (Wednesday)
See http://www.indicacademy.org/ for more details.
Aug 9th, 2018. Bangalore