A Double-Blind Peer Reviewed Online Journal Published by the Rashtram School of Public Leadership
A Double-Blind Peer Reviewed Online Journal Published by the Rashtram School of Public Leadership

Rediscovering Indic Scholarship: Using the Wide Canvas to Embed Western Theories

Authored by K. Sankaran

 Director, Justice KS Hegde Institute of Management 

Volume I, Issue 2 | May 2021

Abstract

This paper aims to direct inquiry and scholarship into indigenous knowledge systems, whose wisdom can inspire and enrich the vast spectrum of contemporary knowledge disciplines. 

Without going into the merits or demerits of the alleged “digestion” (Malhotra, 2013) of Indic ideas into Western scholarship, this study proposes something new for a more transparent exchange that will do justice to both Indian and Western sources of knowledge. Given the vast scope, breadth and width of Indic knowledge systems, it introduces the idea of Embedment to foster a more holistic conversation between the West and the East. It may be possible for Indic knowledge systems to provide a wide integral canvas to enrich social sciences scholarship currently being developed in India and elsewhere. This will have a significant impact in achieving synthesis that peoples, societies and nations are looking for in this fissured world. Today the whole of humanity is seeking means to achieve sustainability, eliminate poverty and inequities, and generate a more holistic scholarship that would solve global problems. In such a context, existing knowledge systems should be supplemented with inspiration and wisdom from the past, which can be adapted for the future. 

Keywords: Digestion, Embedment, Indic Knowledge, Indic Wisdom, Indian Knowledge, Indian Wisdom, Knowledge Structure

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