Bhārat Darśan: The Discover India Podcast by Professor Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

Pankaj Jain

Bhārat Darśan: The Discover India Podcast is about Indian Culture, Indian Classical Music, Sustainability, Hindu/Buddhist/Jain Studies, Film Studies, and Diaspora Studies. Episodes include presentations at various conferences and webinars as well. Dr. Pankaj Jain is the HoD of Humanities and Language and Chair of the India Centre at FLAME University. #India #Indology #IndianClassicalMusic #IndianCulture #IndianTraditions #India #Hinduism #Jainism #Buddhism #Dharma #Jainology #ReligionAndEcology #FilmStudies #Bollywood #IndianDiaspora #Dharmic #ManojGovindraj read less
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Episodes

Re-orienting Orientalism: A Webinar by Dr Peter Scharf, President, The Sanskrit Library
28-11-2023
Re-orienting Orientalism: A Webinar by Dr Peter Scharf, President, The Sanskrit Library
The study of India took place in Europe and America in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries under the term Orientalism, `the study of the East' which sets the East, the Orient, as opposed to the West, the Occident. Scholars in the discipline of Orientalism and in the fields that have replaced the directionally biased term with neutral ones, such as Indology and South Asian Studies in contemporary scholarship, have been accused of being outsiders who bear attitudes that subjugate Indian knowledge and culture to European knowledge and culture. Conversely, recent scholarship that purports to represent Indian knowledge from the inside has been accused of chauvinism and religious fundamentalism. The present investigation demonstrates that much recent scholarship that purports to be liberated from Orientalist attitudes, in fact, is guilty of insidious Orientalism that subjugates Indian knowledge to theoretical cultural anthropology by devaluing any investigation that is not set within that limited theoretical framework. Although cultural anthropologists engaged in subaltern studies claim to be rescuing India from Orientalism, they undermine Indian knowledge to a new extreme by drawing scholarship away from substantial issues to the theoretical framework of cultural anthropology. Those who purport to represent Indian knowledge from the inside are likewise unknowingly co-opted into this new Orientalism by allowing the themes of their research to be determined by the cultural anthropological framework. The recent dominant scholarship of arguing that certain scientific conclusions ought to be dismissed because the scientists who argued for them were orientalists on the one hand or were Hindu fundamentalists on the other all reveals itself, regardless of which way it claims to be socio-political banter devoid of any scientific value. Irrespective of the motives of the scholars, scientific conclusions should be established or dismissed on the grounds of fundamental research, incontrovertible data, and persuasive arguments, not based on accusations of purported bias. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/pankaj-jain/message
How International Democracy Ratings Misrepresent India: A Webinar by Prof. Salvatore Babones
25-09-2023
How International Democracy Ratings Misrepresent India: A Webinar by Prof. Salvatore Babones
Despite a vibrant free press, a tenaciously independent judiciary, and 75 years of free and fair elections, India has somehow gained an international reputation as an authoritarian state bordering on fascism. The Economist Intelligence Unit considers India a "flawed democracy", Sweden’s Varieties of Democracy Institute calls India an "electoral autocracy", and the Washington think tank Freedom House rates India as only "partially free". Major news organizations uncritically report such allegations, which have now become central to the global understandings of India. But are these criticisms of Indian democracy actually correct? The stridently negative appraisals of Indian democracy published by the three major democracy rating organisations seem wildly disproportionate to the actual evidence marshalled to support them. In several instances, they smack of intentional deception. When we turn to hard, quantitative evidence, we find that Indian democracy is in fact in good health, and in much better health than other, comparable countries. It is, in fact, the rankings themselves that are poorly constructed, resulting in an understanding of Indian democracy that is seriously flawed. Salvatore Babones is an associate professor at the University of Sydney and the executive director of the Indian Century Roundtable. He is a quantitative comparative sociologist whose current research focuses on the political sociology of democracy. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and several dozen academic research articles. He earned his MS (Statistics) and PhD (sociology) from the Johns Hopkins University. His 2018 book The New Authoritarianism was named among the year's 'Best on Politics' by the Wall Street Journal. He is currently researching a book on Indian democracy. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/pankaj-jain/message
Jain Mahabharata & Jain Monks in Africa
23-08-2023
Jain Mahabharata & Jain Monks in Africa
Did you know that the timeless Indian epics, the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, hold secrets beyond their well-known tales of gods and heroes? Step into the realm of Jainism and discover the captivating universe of "Jain Mahābhāratas," in this fascinating India Studies Webinar curated by The India Centre. Join our expert guest speaker, Prof. Eva De Clercq from Ghent University, Belgium, as she guides us through the intricacies of Jain Mahābhārata material, tracing its origins from the ancient Āgamas to the present day. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the uncharted territories of these beloved epics. AND The India Centre calls out to all curious souls who are deeply interested in unravelling the depths of history. Brace yourself for a unique and enthralling narrative of a Jain mendicant's odyssey across the Western Indian Ocean in 1946. Join us for "O Maharaj! Take these lemons – Jains and Jainism in the Western Indian Ocean," a riveting India Studies webinar that will be guided by Prof. Tine Vekemans from Ghent University, Belgium. As the Ācārya Mahāprajña Chair for Jain Studies, she seamlessly weaves together the threads of contemporary Jainism and its presence beyond South Asia. Her unique blend of textual analysis and anthropological insights casts light on Jainism through the lens of everyday experiences and practices. Get ready to be part of a time-travelling exploration that bridges cultures and generations. Calling all inquisitive minds intrigued by the unfathomable depths of history! Prepare yourself for an unparalleled and captivating journey as we unveil the remarkable saga of a Jain mendicant's odyssey across the Western Indian Ocean in 1946. Dive into the riveting world of "O Maharaj! Take these lemons – Jains and Jainism in the Western Indian Ocean," a captivating webinar in the realm of India Studies. Guided by the expertise of Prof. Tine Vekemans from Ghent University, Belgium, an eminent figure as the Ācārya Mahāprajña Chair for Jain Studies. With a seamless blend of textual analysis and anthropological insights, Prof. Vekemans sheds light on contemporary Jainism and its transcendent presence beyond South Asia, painting a vivid picture of Jainism through the canvas of everyday experiences and practices. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/pankaj-jain/message
Philological & Philosophical Analysis of the Bhagavad Gita | Chapter 1 | Verse 1
07-05-2023
Philological & Philosophical Analysis of the Bhagavad Gita | Chapter 1 | Verse 1
The pursuit of wisdom is never-ending. Researchers and scholars have provided their takes on the Bhagavad Gita for thousands of years. Professor Pankaj Jain is an integral part of this long list of academically and culturally gifted individuals who have shared the knowledge dispersed through the Bhagavad Gita so that laypeople can understand them. Professor Pankaj Jain is bringing you a weekly linguistic and philosophical analysis aimed at making you better understand and appreciate the nuances of one of the most revered Hindu texts. Tune in every Sunday for a new episode of this philological and philosophical analysis of the Bhagavad Gita at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C0Yb5MPtHo&list=PLAvLthebN2HBwRyssBF2ItkzL-_Ps7SkO Texts referenced in the series: 1. Gita Rahasya by Lokmanya Tilak 2. Gita Discourses by Osho 3. Gita Discourses by Rev. Athavale Dadaji 4. Gita interpretation by Mahatma Gandhi 5. Gita commentary by Adi Shankaracharya 6. Sargeant Winthrop and Christopher Key Chapple. The Bhagavad Gita. State University of New York Press, 2009. 7. Goldman Robert P and Sally J Sutherland. Devavāṇīpraveśikā : An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language. 3rd ed. Center for South Asia Studies University of California, 1999. Next episodes are at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C0Yb5MPtHo&list=PLAvLthebN2HBwRyssBF2ItkzL-_Ps7SkO --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/pankaj-jain/message
Gender and Women’s Monastic Authority in Hindu Society: The Role of Charismatic Female Gurus
29-04-2023
Gender and Women’s Monastic Authority in Hindu Society: The Role of Charismatic Female Gurus
This lecture examines the emergent leadership of two female gurus in South Asia who have declared their status as Śaṅkarācāryās (i.e., heads of monastic institutions) based on revelatory experiences. They do this in order to change patriarchal monastic (akhāṛā) culture and challenge entrenched ideas of women’s inferiority in Hindu society. Bringing together ethnographic data and gender studies-centered analysis of their narratives and teachings, the author shall investigate the role and impact of gendered charismatic authority on modern women’s monastic lives. Prof. Antoinette E. DeNapoli is a specialist in South Asian Hinduism with a focus on asceticism, gender, sexuality, embodiment, authority, modernity, and performance. She also conducts ethnographic research on contemporary South Asian Hindu communities centered around the leadership of female gurus and ascetics (sādhus), contemporary Hindu feminisms, and contemporary female traditions of devotional asceticism and mysticism in North India. Her first book, Real Sadhus Sing to God: Gender, Asceticism, and Vernacular Religion in Rajasthan, is published by Oxford University Press, and her next book entitled, Female Gurus and Grassroots Feminism: The Modern Struggle for Gender Equality in South Asian Hinduism, is underway with Oxford University Press. She is the editor of and contributor to a special journal issue entitled, Gurus, Priestesses, Saints, Mediums, and Yoginis: Holy Women as Influencers in Hindu Culture, with Dr. June McDaniel, which is forthcoming in Religions. Dr. DeNapoli is a Professor of Religion/South Asian Religions in the Religion Department at Texas Christian University, USA. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/pankaj-jain/message