“Kama to Karma” by Wendy Doniger

In this interesting talk, Wendy Doniger reads her article on “Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India”. She talk about how, in the contemporary Indian society, despite having produced astonishingly sophisticated texts like Kama Sutra and with a much open minded traditions than that of Europe in the past, the sexual prudery has become a common feature.

The Q&A session has some engaging discussions on this and other topics. One particularly interesting topic is by Sheldon Pollock from Columbia University, talking about the crisis in classical studies in India – how India is loosing the capacity to access the long classical literary traditions that produced great works, a scary thought!

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