The Modernity of Sanskrit by Simona Sawhney
By Simona Sawhney
Sanskrit texts have frequently been mentioned both in the frames of anthropology and non secular reports or with a veneration that has substituted for research. Going past such ways, Simona Sawhney argues that just a literary strategy that resists the closure of interpretation can exhibit the fragility, ambivalence, and stress that mark the canonical texts. this present day we witness, Sawhney contends, the near-total appropriation of Sanskrit literature via Hindu nationalism. The Modernity of Sanskrit demanding situations this appropriation by means of exploring the complicated paintings of Rabindranath Tagore, M. okay. Gandhi, and Mohan Rakesh. Sawhney proposes that Indian nationalist writings approximately vintage Sanskrit grew to become a charged web site for postcolonial reflections on politics and paintings in India. Sawhney claims that even supposing new readings of Sanskrit literature performed a decisive position within the highbrow belief of modernity in India, the distance for such readings has progressively reduced in size in modern occasions, resulting in a stark diminishment of either the political and the literary lives of the texts.
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