Mahabharat Critical Edition- Book Discussion With Bibek Debroy

Posted: 2015-02-16T11:16:26Z
Edited by AnuMP - 2015-02-16T11:44:13Z
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Posted: 2015-02-16T11:19:38Z

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Crediting your sources does NOT give you license to disrespect contradicting texts. Hinduism is rich with diversity; everyone has a particular reverence for different scriptures and forms of God depending on geographic region/social surroundings/personal nature. They may contradict one another and create doubts about authenticity. The objective discussion and resolution of such doubts is welcome; subjectively claiming overall superiority of one text and putting down others (consequentially insulting all those members who have faith in them) is not. The use of distasteful language to describe the elements of someone's faith, be it their scriptures, deities, prophets, or anything else, will NOT be tolerated.

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Besides that I have these reminders

1) As someone joked, short of calling Veda Vyasa back, Mr Debroy is probably going to be the closest to an authoritative voice on the Mahabharat that we have in our times. Let us make it worth his while to come spend his time with us. Let us try to keep our arguments substantive rather than emotive

2) Lastly, and most importantly: Whatever you do, whatever you think, always remember one thing: SAHADEV KNOWS (or, at least the NSA does)
( I am unashamedly admitting to plagiarizing this line from -
And for the smartalecks who are likely to tell me that Sahadev cannot talk though he knows, I will say this. He has learned to do email, since he met the newly minted Technology Deva, Steve of the clan Jobs.

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Edited by AnuMP - 2015-02-16T12:16:37Z
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Posted: 2015-02-16T11:26:34Z


For us the most important part of his resume is the authorship of the English translation of the BORI Critical Edition of Mahabharat

H e is also an economist of great repute and has held positions as Consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs of Finance Ministry (Government of India), Secretary General of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Director of the project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy) and a lot more

He has authored several books, papers and  articles, has been the Consulting Editor of newspapers. Since September 2014, he has been the Chairman of the committee set up by the Ministry of Railways to restructure Indian Railways.

In 2010, he started authoring a ten-volume unabridged English translation of the epic Mahabharata. This concluded in 2014.

He was awarded PADMA SHRI, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.

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Posted: 2015-02-16T11:42:20Z
How to participate - 
  1. This will not be a live chat. 
  2. This will be a general Q and A session where we can leave our posts and Mr Debroy will look over them and answer at his leisure.
  3. The time frame we have been given is any time after March 5th. We have to be understanding of his busy work schedule and will need to exercise patience
  4. The DT of the Mytho Masti Forum (Minaxi) will be monitoring posts and may make gentleLOL suggestions from time to time

So do your homework till then, ladies and gentlemen. And let the fun begin!
Edited by AnuMP - 2015-02-16T12:17:51Z
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Posted: 2015-02-16T12:21:21Z
This is so awesome!!
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Posted: 2015-02-16T21:48:08Z
That's great! Thank you. Looking forward to it.
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Posted: 2015-02-17T10:26:08Z
Can we start posting the questions!??? If not when can we?
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Posted: 2015-02-17T11:14:57Z
Please wait till we hear back from Mr Debroy. We will know more towards mid March.
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