: background considerations

Rajesh Kochhar rkk at NISTADS.RES.IN
Fri Aug 4 11:31:36 UTC 2000

Significantly,in the post Plassey Bengal,the Brahmins among the new middle
class(like Ram Mohun Roy ) were  more radical than the Kayasthas (Radhakanta

Rajesh Kochhar
>It is interesting to note that gigantic redefinitions seem to have taken
>place in the crucial transition period for Sanskritic culture, around the
>beginning of the first millennium when (citing S. Pollock in Ideology and
>Status of Sanskrit, p. 204) "the brahmanical Satavahanas insistently
>employed Prakrit for their public records, while their adversaries, the
>out-sider Sakas, had begun to use Sanskrit." (Luis Gonzalez-Reimann justly
>draws our attention to the importance of the centuries which preceded, but
>emphasized only tradtionalist reactions, not the redefinatory

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