The Last Brahmin: Life and Reflections of a Modern-day Sanskrit Pandit

By: Rani Siva Sankara Sarma, D. Venkat Rao( Tr.)

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he Last Brahmin is a work of reflection as well as the intellectual quasi-autobiography of a modern-day pandit. Written by a schoolteacher of Sanskrit, it embodies an effort to grapple with the enigma of the Brahminical tradition—its spread over long time periods, its forms and transformations, its implications and stakes for the Indian subcontinent’s Hindus and larger world. Even as it is a philosophical critique of an elite tradition, The Last Brahmin emphasizes the enormity of the tasks involved in finding alternatives to that tradition today. From the core of the surviving realms of the tradition, this work recounts a tale of living on in difficult and adversarial conditions for the sake of learning, scholarship, and the rigours of pedagogical bonding. This is also thus a narrative of the pain of discontinuity: it dramatizes the philosophical and historical issues of cultural practice in the form of filial disinheritance and throws up some formidable questions: What is an inheritance? Who inherits tradition? How may one inherit a tradition? What are the conditions and consequences of such inheritance? In the process, this reflective work emerges as the poignant articulation of a Brahmin’s response, and responsibilitiies, in the wake of colonial and postcolonial conditions. Its critical unravelling of the Sanskrit tradition sets The Last Brahmin apart from the disciplinary frames of Indology on the one hand, and partisanal Hindu ideological forces on the other. While pitching its tent against Orientalist knowledge on India, it insists equally on the difference and distinction between the Brahmin Sanskrit tradition and ‘so-called Hinduism’. PRINTED PAGES: 200.

Title: The Last Brahmin: Life and Reflections of a Modern-day Sanskrit Pandit

Author Name: Rani Siva Sankara Sarma, D. Venkat Rao( Tr.)

Categories: India, Social Studies,

Publisher: New Delhi, Permanent Black/Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd: 2012

ISBN: 8178243644

ISBN 13: 9788178243641

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 900718

Keywords: The Last Brahmin: Life and Reflections of a Modern-day Sanskrit Pandit Rani Siva Sankara Sarma, D. Venkat Rao( Tr.)