How can Ancient India help Today's World? - Prof. Michel Danino
Sunday, August 2, 2020 | 10:30 am – Noon CST
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Michel Danino is a French-born Indian author and scholar of Indian civilization, former member of the Indian Council of Historical Research and currently visiting professor at IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He authored The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati (2010) and Indian Culture and India's Future (2011), among other titles, and was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2017 in recognition of his contributions.
About Topic - We often face in India a misconception that her ancient culture, and more specifically her knowledge systems, are of no relevance to the challenges faced by "modern" India. Indeed, except perhaps in the arts, Indian culture is increasingly divorced from education and Indian life, museified and exotified in its own land. However, when we look at Indian systems of nature conservation (including water management), medicine, lifestyle, ethics and yoga, polity, economy and business, their applicability, if not urgent necessity, is immediately apparent, not only in India but worldwide. Besides, her cultural foundations, which remain her best sociopolitical cement, hold important lessons in an increasingly divided and polarized world, as they help us address fundamental issues of secularism, multiculturalism and sustainability.