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Fact check: India wasn't the first place Sanskrit was recorded – it was Syria. After yoga, Narendra Modi has turned his soft power focus to Sanskrit.

Fact check: India wasn't the first place Sanskrit was recorded – it was Syria

The Indian government is enthusiastically participating in the 16th World Sanskrit Conference in Bangkok. Not only is it sending 250 Sanskrit scholars and partly funding the event, the conference will see the participation of two senior cabinet ministers: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who inaugurated the conference on Sunday, and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, who will attend its closing ceremony on July 2. Inexplicably, Swaraj also announced the creation of the post of Joint Secretary for Sanskrit in the Ministry of External Affairs. How an ancient language, which no one speaks, writes or reads, will help promote India’s affairs abroad remains to be seen. On the domestic front, though, the uses of Sanskrit are clear: it is a signal of the cultural nationalism of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Unfortunately, reality is often a lot more complex than simplistic nationalist myths.

Reflections. Ramayana. Divine Loophole. - Book Graphics. Ramayana: Divine Loophole.

Ramayana. Divine Loophole. - Book Graphics

Publisher: Chronicle Books,2010. Illustrator Sanjay Patel. The contribution of the Emperor Asoka Maurya to the development of the humanitarian ideal in warfare. Gerald Draper (1914-1989) was the foremost specialist in humanitarian law of his generation in the United Kingdom, and was well-respected in the law of war community worldwide.

The contribution of the Emperor Asoka Maurya to the development of the humanitarian ideal in warfare

He was a Military Prosecutor in the war crimes trials in Germany after the Second World War, and following his retirement from the Army Legal Staff became a distinguished academic, finishing as Professor of Law at the University of Sussex. Draper was a delegate to many International Conferences of the Red Cross as well as to the Diplomatic Conference which drafted the Additional Protocols of 1977. Professor Colonel Draper had a special interest in the development of the law of war, and in inter-faith dialogue. His interest in Emperor Asoka perhaps reflected his own belief in universal humanitarian principles transcending different traditions. An edited collection of selected works of Gerald Draper on the law of war, entitled Reflections on Law and Armed Conflict , is being prepared for publication.

Michael A. Gheehappy. From Pixar to Ramayana: The Art of Graphic Storytelling with Sanjay Patel. Community Translation Your transcript request has been submitted.

From Pixar to Ramayana: The Art of Graphic Storytelling with Sanjay Patel

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This episode has been assigned to you and you can expect an e-mail shortly containing all the information you need to get started. About This Episode See how illustrator and animator Sanjay Patel uses images to craft compelling stories. Who was Mahidasa Aitareya? Who was Mahidasa Aitareya?

Who was Mahidasa Aitareya?

-- Part One (1 of 2) [The following was prompted by conversations, at various times, with Shri DSampath and Shri DMRSekhar.] The post Vedic period 1.1. The post Vedic period is generally reckoned as the one that fell between the end of Rig Veda and the commencement of Buddhism. The Pranava Vada; Science of the Sacred Word. Thirukural in Tamil, English and Transliteration. Samskruta Mouktikaani. Michel Danino. Michel Danino. RISA Lila - 1: Wendy's Child Syndrome. “The Bhagavad Gita is not as nice a book as some Americans think…Throughout the Mahabharata ... goads human beings into all sorts of murderous and self-destructive behaviors such as war....

RISA Lila - 1: Wendy's Child Syndrome

The Gita is a dishonest book …” -- Wendy Doniger, Professor of History of Religions, University of .Quoted in Inquirer, 19 November, 2000.[ i ] In my previous Sulekha column[ ii ], I pointed out that whereas elite colleges in the West teach great respect for Greek and other Western Classics as being the bedrock of their civilization, it has become fashionable for elitist (i.e. Westernized) Indians to denigrate their own Indian Classics. Furthermore, these Indians see their education in Western literature as validating their Western identity (falsely equating modernization with Westernization), and go out of their way in putting down their Indian heritage.