Monday, March 28, 2016

Fight over Sanskrit is proving why India was divided into small kingdoms

Being born and brought up in a village in Odisha, I have a fair amount of first hand knowledge on an agrarian as well as non-egalitarian society; its pervading poverty and deprivation. I came to Bhubaneswar, the new Capital, in 1971 for college education and those were the tumultuous days of Bangladesh liberation, JP movement, and Emergency. It was also the time when movies like Johny Mera Naam, Mera Naam Joker, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Bobby, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Deewaar, and Sholay left a lasting impression. Armed with an integrated B.Sc.,B.Ed. degree with Botany Hons. and Agriculture for vocational education, I returned to my village in 1976 as a teacher in the same High school I had passed out from. (I took the picture below during my last visit in February 2014)

Dealing with the students with the lens of my freshly earned insights of educational psychology was interesting but the fun didn't last long. Fifteen months later, I joined Punjab National Bank at Sundargarh, primarily a tribal locality while business was dominated by the Gujarati, Marwari, and Sindhi community. After a stint in Sambalpur and Gop, I migrated to Delhi in 1988 and took VRS in 2000. Internet opened new opportunities in 2005 and I launched Savitri Era Party in 2007. I was a science student and served a commercial bank having an abiding interest in the arts and humanities. Preferences and ideologies, however, have taken many abrupt turns over the years.

Tusar N Mohapatra11:56 PM, December 18, 2009 
Y2K spurred me to survey the 20th Century thought and 5 years later when I stumbled upon SCIY, it was no alien territory. Banerji’s dense compositions used to surprise, Carlson’s forthright interventions evoked curiosity; the overall concern always levitating at a certain height and encompassing a wideness while pursuing an integral spirit all through. Right in the prescribed path: heightening, widening, and integration, as it were.
Nolini, Purani, Amrita, Pavitra – great as they are – but are poorer by not having a chance to read the rich discourse that SCIY harbored. Even the Heehs imbroglio that raged for over a year brought out unexpressed dimensions of theory as well as practice in the open, the finer threads of which would be explored in the years to come.
With its founder-editor dead, and it metamorphosing into a more conventional site, albeit with an ultra-futuristic theme, SCIY, like Arya, comes to an end. Its illustrious career would remain a beckon of light for a long time. Ideological commitment may have prevented its contributors to espouse the idea of religion openly, but the way the journal ran is in the best of religious spirit. SCIY is dead, long live SCIY. [TNM]

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The latest fight over Sanskrit is proving vividly why India was divided into small kingdoms in the olden days. Be it religion, culture, or language, allowing market forces to operate freely is the best course for the future. Govt. should adopt a hands-off approach in all these matters. Civil society must raise institutions to cater to niche interests. People must understand that Market is not about economy alone but covers all aspects of life. Even man's need for spirituality and necessary infrastructure can be taken care of by the Market. Thus, unshackling from the Govt. patronage system in all spheres of life should be the right attitude. [TNM55] 

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