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Ashay Naik

Ashay Naik

Ashay Naik is a Sanskrit scholar and a software professional. He is deeply interested in studying Bharatiya culture, political philosophy and theology. He has completed his Honours in Sanskrit from the University of Sydney and is a contributor to the Swadeshi Indology series. He is the author of Natural Enmity: Reflections on the Niti and Rasa of the Pancatantra. He blogs at https://satyanrtam.wordpress.com and tweets at @AshayNaik1.

The Practice of Nose-Cutting in the Ancient World
Archives, Indology

The Practice of Nose-Cutting in the Ancient World

Ashay Naik- November 21, 2017

Śūrpaṇakhā’s nose was cut off by Lakṣmaṇa as a merciful option, when she made an attempt on Sītā’s life. That was the prevalent norm – ... Read More

An Introduction to the kāvyaśāstra Tradition
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An Introduction to the kāvyaśāstra Tradition

Ashay Naik- February 6, 2017

For readers unfamiliar with the kāvyaśāstra tradition this essay is a brief summary of its concepts and history. Read More

Conservative Interpretation of Indic Past using the Pañcatantra
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Conservative Interpretation of Indic Past using the Pañcatantra

Ashay Naik- January 28, 2017

The nīti of the Pañcatantra consists of teaching its audience of what it takes to succeed in a world characterised by social hierarchy, political despotism ... Read More

Hindu Political Thought: Liberal, Conservative and Reactionary
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Hindu Political Thought: Liberal, Conservative and Reactionary

Ashay Naik- January 23, 2017

This essay is intended to provide a theoretical introduction to the three varieties of political thought that have emerged among the Hindus in modern times. Read More

The Pancatantra as a Nitishastra
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The Pancatantra as a Nitishastra

Ashay Naik- January 19, 2017

The Pañcatantra is famous for its narratives but in what sense do the narratives by themselves constitute a nītiśāstra? Read More

Bhagavad Gītā – Reconciling the Interpretations of Tilak and Śaṅkara
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Bhagavad Gītā – Reconciling the Interpretations of Tilak and Śaṅkara

Ashay Naik- January 14, 2017

This essay will explore the interesting debate between karma-yoga and jñāna-yoga, as it occurs in the writings of Tilak and Śaṅkara on the Gītā . Read More

The upodghāta (introduction) of Śaṅkara’s Īśā Upaniṣad Bhāṣya
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The upodghāta (introduction) of Śaṅkara’s Īśā Upaniṣad Bhāṣya

Ashay Naik- January 7, 2017

This post is an elucidation of the upodghāta (introductory) section of Śaṅkara’s Īśā Upaniṣad Bhāṣya. Read More