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Kranti Saran: The mentality of ressentiment

Kranti Saran

Makarand Paranjape has argued in The Indian Express that Sheldon Pollock, the editor of the Murty Classical Library generously funded by Rohan Murty, ought to be removed. Mr Paranjape charges Mr Pollock's essay "The Theory of Practice and the Practice of Theory in Indian Intellectual History" with an "egregiously arrogant impeachment" of shastric tradition as authoritarian. (The essay is easily available online. While Mr Pollock considers how shastric texts come to be authoritative and lists their ideological effects, fair-minded readers won't find anything ...