Ananya Vajpeyi is a fellow and associate professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, and author of the award-winning book <i>Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India</i> (Harvard 2012). She works at the intersection of intellectual history, political theory, and critical philology. She has recently been the co-editor of a Festschrift for Ashis Nandy, <i>A Life in Dissent</i> (Oxford 2018), and a volume on <i>Minorities and Populism in South Asia and Europe</i> (Springer forthcoming). She writes widely about ideas, politics, and the arts for newspapers and magazines in India and abroad. She was a Kluge Fellow in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress – Washington DC, in 2013 and 2014. She obtained her Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilization at the University of Chicago (2004).
Umesh V Waghmare, JNCASR, Bengaluru
The Modern Life of an Ancient Language
This lecture revisits the history of Sanskrit in modern times, as this ancient language finds new life and meaning in a world shaped by nationalism, science, and struggles over identity.