World Sanskrit Conference In Delhi: Presidential Speech

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 After the end of the sessions of  any conference,  the participants  shall talk about the conference  with enthusiasm. ‘Oh, the conference was like this, like that, ….' so on and so forth. The moment you will hear the word conference you shall experience horripilation.

One has to remember the presidential  speech forever, if not, at least for one week. It shall be published all  over the news papers and especially  Sanskrit Magazines. Sanskrit professors  shall discuss the points  of the presidential speech in front the students. ‘‘An important event took place regarding Sanskrit and I am part and parcel  of that event'' this kind of thinking shall be sprouted in the hearts of the students and they shall be encouraged to discuss the matters regarding the papers (not all, a few selected) and of course, presidential speech.

In reality, what is going on? Before telling that,  I would like to inform you about Kannada conferences. Put questions on Kannada conferences to any student who has been studying Kannada as major subject in their BA degree course. You will realize that  he/she does know something about conferences, like,  who  presided  the conference, what the important points he/she has raised in  his/her presidential speech so on and so forth.

Meet Sanskrit professors and ask the  same question. I doubt whether you will have the same satisfaction.

I personally do  not know that where the first world Sanskrit conference was held and  who presided. I can now find the answer now because  of internet-that  is different matter. But, while I was a student in the Sanskrit department of a reputed University struggling to have freedom from  hearing the boring lectures of Ph.D.holding professors, I did not even slightest hint that these kinds of Sanskrit conferences were being conducted.

The traditional pundits are better. You may be wonderstruck to observe that these pundits do know  contemporary scholars  with the titles of their modern shastric works. They react quickly. They react sharply to the unacceptable  views.

Mahamahopadhyaya  Kuppuswamishastri, being president of Sanskrit conference conducted in Kolkatta(28th 29th and 30th September 1926  )by Kolkata Samskrita Parishad, threw a bomb by stating that the author of Vyutpattivaada, erred in understanding the sentence  ‘‘upasadbhishcharitvaa maasamekam agnihotram juhothi''. He lamented that the Naiyaayikas sit always in their ‘avacchedaka ' den and have narrow sighted views. They do not come out of their ‘avacchedaka' cage, he opined. ‘The Naiyaayikas  don't have interest in anything other than Nyaayashaastra'- this  is the summary of his sarcastic remarks.

This generated very heated debate. In the magazine namely Vidyodaya, scholars wrote letters to the editor strongly protesting Kuppuswamishastri's  remarks on Gadadhara.  The sentence ‘‘upasadbhishcharitvaa maasamekam agnihotram juhothi'' is wrongly analyzed by Bacchaa Jhaa and Kuppuswamishastri's  comment  is  depended upon the same Baccha Jhaa, some opined. Some scholars,  in their  letters showed how the ‘avacchedaka' concept is very important in placing Shastic  theories in unambiguous and strictly disciplined  sentence patterns.

See?  How the traditional pundits are lively.

In the presidential  speech of  so called world Sanskrit conferences, no mention is made of  Sanskrit  publications with Sanskrit introductions even though they are brim over  information. As  per my knowledge  goes, no president of World Sanskrit conference  has mentioned  Abhidhaanarajendrakosha, the prakrit-Sanskrit encyclopedic dictionary on Jainism. No president has mentioned Dharmakosha, an encyclopedic  collection of Dharmashastra and Upanishad bhashyas. In the Sanskritists' circle  you may hear Encyclopedia  of Indian philosophy by Potter because  the work is produced in English!

Traditional pundits may have sat in ‘avacchedaka' cage. But the  Ph.D holding professors have been scrolling in English cage. 

Who knows,  as a reader, you yourself may be the president of World Sanskrit  Conference. One or two hints I  would like to give you for your successful speech.

Get ready and make arrangements to rain sycophancy to Sanskrit publications with English Introductions. Praise some selected American and European scholars to the sky.  Don't try to know about any research thesis written in Sanskrit. Don't even mention any modern Sanskrit work as if it is not  existing at all.   Denounce  Indian government with strongest possible terms for  not doing anything to promote bogus ‘projects'.

Your duty will be over, Mr.(or Mrs.) President!

N.B. Indian Government has  been funding to so many private ‘Sanskrit-uplifting'(?) organizations where  either guys with zero knowledge in Sanskrit or  Sanskrit-degree-holders  with  cheating mentality are becoming directors. They appoint good young scholars and  cheat them by not giving salary they deserve. Without checking credentials of ‘directors',  modern ‘Sanskrit Academies' are given money. Here credential means  writing ability in Sanskrit and not having mere Sanskrit  M.A. degree or professorship in University. Instead of forming enquiry committee against money-devouring directors of ‘‘ Sanskrit research(?) academies'',  government has been  pampering them.


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This article was published on 2010/03/27