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Fri 28 Oct 2022

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Duties and Rights in the Dharmasūtra-s (Hindi)

The INDICA Center for Indic Studies in Law & Justice (CISLJ) presents a conversation with Dr Pratibha Shastri on the 28th of October 2022 at IST 1800 hrs. This conversation intends to put the spotlight on some aspects of her book धर्मसूत्रों में नागरिकों के कर्तव्य और अधिकार (roughly, Duties and Rights in Dharmasūtra-s) published in 2016 by Vidyanidhi Prakashan (New Delhi). Amongst other things, Dr Shastri, in her book, engages with the scope of the term nāgarika. Was nāgarika (loosely, citizen) a status limited only to human beings or is there evidence that attest to a broader and a more inclusive scope of that term? What can one learn about what was considered duties and rights in the Dharmasūtra-s? Join us to understand her textual-evidence based perspective in response to these questions and more. This conversation will be primarily in Hindi.


Dr Pratibha Shastri

Author, Deputy Registrar in the Cooperative Department of the Government of Rajasthan

Dr Pratibha Shastri is the author of the book धर्मसूत्रों में नागरिकों के कर्तव्य और अधिकार (roughly, Duties and Rights in Dharmasūtra-s; 2016, Vidyanidhi Prakashan, New Delhi) and is currently the Deputy Registrar in the Cooperative Department of the Government of Rajasthan. She has completed her MA, MPhil and PhD in Sanskrit from Jawaharlal Nehru University. The title of her PhD thesis is शुक्रनीति: राष्ट्रसुरक्षा व्यवस्था का समीक्षात्मक विश्लेषण (Śukranīti : Rāṣṭrasurakṣā Vyavasthā kā Samīkṣātmaka Viśleṣaṇa). She is the recipient of the Rajya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar (2016) from the Ministry of Education, Rajasthan. Her areas of research interest include Dharmasūtra-s, Dharmaśāstra-s, Sanskrit Grammar, and Indian philosophy.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Host, Director – Special Projects, INDICA

Megh Kalyanasundaram is an Indian citizen with close to nine years of lived experience in China, an alumnus of ISB and is currently Director Special Projects at INDICA. His post-graduate specialization in Strategy, Leadership and Marketing included a study of research methods. His professional experience includes stints as a Market Leader at a Global Fortune 50 firm, as Head of Business Development at a leading Indian talent development multinational and he has served a term on the Board of a Shanghai-based not-for-profit. His academic research interests and 20+ papers span some aspects of ancient Indian chronology, Indian Knowledge Systems, Landscape in Indic texts, Ancient Indian Jurisprudence, Ideas of India and Philosophy. For his creative contribution to the first edition of the International Day of Yoga, he was invited by the Permanent Mission of India in the United Nations to attend the inaugural event at the UN. Other professional and pro-bono pursuits have included building differentiated digital platforms for Indic texts targeted at specific learning and research needs and music. His research-based compositional Sanskrit album 'Bhārata and her Kāśmīra' has been listed by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) while his subsequent album 'Indian Knowledge Systems and Yāskācārya's Nirukta' has recently been accepted for listing by the Vedic Heritage Portal. In 2022, Megh was invited by the National Museum Institute (NMI) to contribute content for multiple projects currently underway at NMI, including ones on Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh and Kedarnath.