Thursday, January 10, 2013

Charcha on "Perspectives in Studying Indian History"

Following 5 part video is Charcha held on 15th Dec 2012 with Sandeep Balakrishna in Bangalore.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Definition of History - The European Perspective

Module 3: European Perspective of Indian History

Module 4: Consequences of European Perspective on Indian History

Module 5: Q&A

Speaker Profile:

Sandeep B has been an IT professional for more than 16 years in various roles as a user experience specialist and communications professional. He is a columnist with Kannada Prabha. He has in the past written for Pioneer news-paper too. He runs a popular blog "Rediscovering India" ( which has been around for 13 years. 

About Jijnasa:

The literal meaning of the word Jijnasa in Sanskrit is Inquiry. Jijnasa is a platform under the aegis of CESS, which is an effort to promote the quest for knowledge.
It is hard to obtain the company of the noble.
It is easy to obtain the company of the ignoble.
Pebbles are available in plenty; but it is hard to obtain the precious diamond.

India is not just a nation state but a civilization state. A civilization that prides itself for the spirit of inquiry, and is not based on a contrived belief system or historicity. A civilization that is firmly rooted in Dharma. A civilization that has much to offer and inspire the world.

However, our ignorance about ourselves is profound. It is therefore Jijnasa’s desire to invoke the spirit of inquiry, which can set people on the journey of self discovery. Its aim is to provoke and equip people to see things beyond the limited mainstream discourse on issues of national importance and seek solutions to contemporary issues facing the country.

It is important to understand ourselves before we can understand the issues around us. Enlightened individuals make for an assertive society, which has the womb to carry traditions along with modernity. Jijnasa’s attempt is to make fellow travelers discover the heterogeneity of the Indian traditions yet the cohesiveness that has stood us in good stead for several thousand years. At the core of Jijnasa, is the desire to build an innate ability to see the world from an exalted position, which is so essential for a country aspiring to play center stage in world affairs.

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