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Bharathiar on the Indian Education System In Ring out the Old, Ring in the New (போகின்ற பாரதமும்-வருகின்ற பாரதமும்)[1], Bharathi says that one must learn his native language before venturing into other languages; he asks people to live by those books that speak the truth. He says, “Praise the books that speak

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From what I’ve heard, Sri Vasudeva Sastri hailed from Doddaballapura. His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore bestowed upon him the title of “Vidyanidhi” (literally: Treasure of Knowledge). Perhaps he was the first in a line of scholars to receive the “Vidyanidhi” honorific. He also earned renown as “Jaganmithya” Vasudeva Sastri.

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१ सामान्यतया वदामः किल वयं लोके “इयमस्माकं प्रकृतिः,” “तत्तस्य नैजम्,” “इदं मे नैजम्” इत्यादीनि वचांसि। कोऽसौ प्रकृतिः? किं नाम नैजम्? आ जनेर्मानवेषु समन्विता भवन्ति केचन पदार्थाः, काश्चन शक्तयो गुणप्रवृत्तयश्च। मानवेन कथं वेदं वस्तुजातं समासादितम्? येन केनापि विधिनेति वक्तव्यम्—जन्मान्तरेण जातं, वरत्वेन लब्धं, पूर्वकर्मफलरूपेण संप्राप्तं वा। यत्किमपि भवतु नाम। निष्कर्षस्तावदयं यन्मनुष्यस्य जन्मावसर एव

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Verbs alone are the lifeline of language; this is the opinion of Indian grammarians. But for our logicians (i.e. the proponents of the Nyāya [epistemology] and Vaiśeṣika [ontology] schools of philosophy), the subject indicated by the nominative case (prathamā vibhakti) alone is the lifeline of a language – i.e. the

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