Gopinath Kaviraj on whom the title of
Mahamahopadhyaya was conferred by the British Government in 1934, is
regarded as an authority on Indological studies. Equally at home in English, Hindi,
Sanskrit and Bengali and an unparalled combination of traditional and modern
India and Western learning and spiritual wisdom he was among those
renaissance figures who in the midst of colonial rule and its attendant denigration
of Indian tradition helped to revive India's pride in her past and infuse it with the
best tradition of British liberation.
An insatiable thirst for knowledge coupled
with an open and analytical mind led him to search for something new in the
ancient Sanskrit texts and various commentaries on them. He wrote with a rare
insight whether it was on Tantra, Philosophy, Religion or culture. His biographic in
content, have the flavour of real literature.
In this monograph an attempt has
been made to place some of his salient ideas in a historical perspective
highlighting their contemporary relevance.
About the Author
He is the Author of this monograph began his
career in 1947 as a lecturer in Allahabad University. He was also Professor of
Ancient History Culture and archaeology at the University of Gorakhpur
(1957-62); Tagore Professor of Indian Culture, Rajasthan University (1962-78);
visiting Professor at Banaras University (1984-85); Vice-chancellor, Rajasthan
University (1974-77) and finally retired as Vice-chancellor of Allahabad University
in 1984. Recipient of honours such as the Vidyavaridhi and
Samsthana-Sammana Prof. Pande is also the author of numerous books and
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