Book review: Indus Age- the Writing System by Gregory L.Possehl.

Venkatraman Iyer venkatraman_iyer at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon May 3 00:51:22 UTC 1999

>So be it. But then the traditional Pundits of India are no less trained
>Vedicists. I have come across Rigvedins who will, from memory,  point out
>most of the Richas with the word 'Shambhar', Arya etc. if requested to do
>so. There competence in the intepretation of
>Vedic Sanskrit can be second to none.

Dear Vishal,

Having been employed in India and abroad for several years,
I can confidantly say that traditional panditas have good Sanskrit
knowledge, though not in Vedic. Sadly, it is also rapidly declining.
However the traditional Indian ways of explaining do not stand upto
close academic scrutiny. Indian pundits are not trained in the
disciplines necessary to probe deep into the past, of India or
other cultures.

V. Iyer

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