[INDOLOGY] Satirical criticism in Sanskrit literature and philosophy?

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 20:01:17 UTC 2015

1. Social criticism through satire is part of Subhashita literature.
Observed in works such as

Sternbach, Ludwik (1974). *Subhāṣita, Gnomic and Didactic Literature*
Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN

"had a tinge of poetry, the poetical skill being exhibited in the intricate
play of words which created a slight wit, humour, satire and sententious
precepts; they arose laughter, scorn, compass and other moods" quoted in

2. Social criticism through satire is also part of BhaaNa and Prahasana
literature . Observed in works such as

Daniel J. Bisgaard (1994), *Social conscience in Sanskrit literature
<http://books.google.com/books?id=VxnY-9Mb0qIC&pg=PA99>*, p. 99, at Google
Books <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Books>, Chapter 5, ISBN

The book covers use of Satire in Social criticism in almost all of its



Prof.Nagaraj Paturi

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