The Greatest Publishing Project of Recent Years – Conceived and Implemented in America

I would hazard a guess that every notable scholarly pursuit in American history began at Harvard. This may be my naiveté or the pain of having paid four years of full Harvard tuition. The formal study of Sanskrut began in America at Harvard in 1872, when, as the Harvard website says, “James Bradstreet Greenough, a…

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From the Tang Dynasty in 5th century CE to 21st Century Beijing – A Tradition of Sanskrut Scholarship

During his recent visit to China, Pranab Mukherjee, the External Affairs Minister of India, handed over the prestigious Padma Bhushan certificate and medallion to eminent Sanskrit scholar and Indologist, Ji Xianlin, who translated the great Indian epic, Ramayan in the 1960s. The award for the 97-year old Ji had been announced on January 26, 2008, the…

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TV Specials “India Rising” – The Bad & The Ugly – PBS – Paul Beban

On Sunday, June 22, the PBS show “Now” aired its documentary about India called “India Rising.” Rarely can a show be called both Bad and Ugly. The PBS “India Rising” show justifies both adjectives. It has been a tradition in certain circles of America to call Television the “Idiot Box” and to look down on people…

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Bollywood – Convergence of Sanskrut, Persian and English

While many countries have benefited from the influences and traditions of one or two of History’s globally dominant languages (see previous article), India is the only country that has seamlessly integrated all three dominant languages in to its ethos.Sanskrut language and culture rose to greatness in India.  As Jawaharlal Nehru has said “If I was…

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Reliance ADA Group and Speilberg’s Dreamworks Near Deal

This was the front-page story in both the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, June 18. This demonstrates the scale and the importance of this story.Very briefly, the story suggests that Reliance Entertainment, a unit of Reliance ADA (Anil Dhirubhai Ambani) Group will provide Mr. Spielberg and company with $500-600 million in…

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