The leader of Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry,
Smriti Irani is trying to revive the roots as she recently reconstituted the
Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR) bringing in Sanskrit scholars.
This committee includes a former BJP member of the Legislative Council in
Karnataka, a retired IPS officer who has turned to Hinduism and religion in a
big way and a scholar who is associated with an organization that recently
claimed to have put exact date of Lord Ram's birth. .
After the council expired in October 2015, the HRD ministry
approved for the reconstitution of the Council on February 22, 2016. It
nominated 12 new members and four of them are Sanskrit scholars.
Last year council was headed by noted educationist Prof
Mrinal Miri and this year, HRD ministry has appointed Prof Siddheshwar Bhatt"” a
Sanskritist and philosopher.
The four scholars nominated by HRD ministry include Prof SR
Leela, who was a nominated BJP MLC in the Karnataka in 2014. Leela is also a
Sanskrit scholar and former head department of Sanskrit, Bangalore University.
The other Sanskritists are Prof Hare Ram Tripathi from Delhi's Shri Lal Bahadur
Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, and Prof Om Prakash Pandey, former HoD
Sanskrit and Prakrit languages, Lucknow University.
The most important nominee is Prof V Kutumba Sastri, former
VC Somnath Sanskrit University. He has claimed to put an exact date to several
events from the epics Mahabahrata and Ramayana"” including the exact time and
date of Lord Ram's birth. He is also a member of I-SERVE (Institute of
Scientific Research on Vedas).
Another entrant to ICPR includes, Dr K Aravinda Rao. He is a
retired IPS officer who worked as a DGP in Andhra Pradesh. Right now, he is
working as the Director of the Hyderabad-based Advaita Academy. He has also
written books like 'How to tell Hinduism to Your Child?', and 'Analysis of
jnanam in the Upanishads'.
Other members who will be joining ICPR are Prof Kusum Jain,
former professor & HoD of Philosophy, Rajasthan University, Prof
Jatashankar Tiwari, former professor & HoD Philosophy, Allahabad
University, Prof X P Mao, professor of Philosophy, North East Hill University,
Prof R C Sinha, former professor & HoD Philosophy, Patna University. That
apart Prof Dharmanand Sharma, former professor and HoD philosophy, Chandigarh
University and Prof Naresh Kumar Ambastha, HoD philosophy, PKRM College,
Dhanbad and Dr Rajaram Shukla, professor Vaidic Darshan, BHU Varanasi.
Institute is going for another four scholars/philosophers.
It's a body consisting of distinguished
philosophers, social scientists and representatives of government bodies. These
members review the progress of research in Philosophy, sponsors and assist
projects or programmes of research in Philosophy by institutes.