Dr. Satish K. Tiwari, Assistant Professor, School of Philosophy & Culture, Mr. Keshav K. Pandey, Guest faculty, Vaidik Studies, and Mr. Krishna K. Pandey, Guest faculty, Vaidik Studies presented papers in a Three-Day National Seminar on “Relevance of the Vedas in the Modern Context”, dated 6th to 8th November 2023, organized by Department of Sanskrit, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, in collaboration with Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan, Ujjain (MP).
Dr. Satish K. Tiwari deliberated on the topic ‘Philosophical Analysis of Vaidik Concept of Rashtravad’. He emphasized the difference between the concept of ‘Nation’ and ‘Rashtra’. The concept of Nation developed in the context of the struggle between church and state. The state uses the concept of Nation to connect the people in favor of it. So, the concept of Nation is supported and created by the State, and the concept of Rashtra is developed by the will of common consciousness. Vaidik literature presents a journey from ‘Sva’ (self) to ‘Sarva’ (all). Rashtra is the aim in the form of a global family (Vasudhev Kutumbkam): “ayam nijaḥ paro veti gaṇanā laghucetasām Iudāracaritānāṁ tu vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam II”
Mr. Krishna K. Pandey talked about वेदेषुजन्तुविज्ञानं(zoology in Vaidik Literature). He discussed zoological content in Vaidik Literature. In Vaidik Literature, there are references to zoological concepts and observations. The Rigveda mentions various animals and their significance. Animals were often associated with deities and their characteristics were sometimes used as metaphors.
Mr. Keshav K. Pandey presented on वेदेषुवनस्पतिविज्ञानं(botany in Vaidik Literature). He explored the references to plants and botanical concepts that reflect the significance of flora in ancient Indian cultures. Plants are important in rituals, medicinal practices, and daily life. They are considered sacred and used in religious ceremonies and sacrifices. The Head, School of Philosophy & Culture applauded the efforts of faculty members of the department.