Etymologically speaking, in English, to talk is to tell a tale, and indeed history talks with us in large part through the telling of myths, sagas and other epic tales. Such tales were typically composed and narrated by talented poets, bards, skalds and similar figures in the history of Indo-European literature.Read More Some masters of Indo-European words
In the world today, we increasingly witness the influential presence of leaders from larger, more populated states in global dialogue. India is a prominent example, with much media attention on our current highly charismatic and energetic leader. Indeed, Janamejaya has been highly effective in consolidating the diversity of the Indian population into our current Kuru […]Read More India Report: Questions to History
We may perhaps wonder whether individuals in ancient India thought about their own identities in terms that are recognizable today. It may be assumed that any sense of self that ancient Indian people might have had would have been conceptualized so differently that the identity terminologies of the 21st century would not apply.Read More Gender and identity in the Mahābhārata
Sexual harassment is an unfortunate reality in many societies, and this fact is also reflected in literature too. In the story of Śakuntalā, originally in the Mahābhārata, Śakuntalā becomes pregnant by Duryodhana who then initially refuses to acknowledge that he is the father. In the Rāmāyaṇa, too, Sītā chooses to accompany her husband Rāma into exile and her vulnerability leads to her being kidnapped by Rāvaṇa who attempts to seduce her.Read More Sexual Harassment in the Mahābhārata
The well-known story of Indra and Namuci has been told and retold since Vedic time up until the present day.Read More Indra and Namuci
Snakes or serpents appear prominently in many ancient literatures around the world. In ancient Egypt, Ouroboros is the snake that eats its own tail, perhaps representing the renewal of order out of disorder.Read More Nala, Rtuparna and their knowledge-exchange
The Mughal period in India was a fascinating and intriguing period from the perspective of development and dissemination of Sanskrit literature.Read More Faizi, Akbar and Sanskrit literature
How should a person who wants to practice dharma behave? What is eternal dharma?Read More What is eternal dharma?