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Bhaktivedanta Research Centre to Promote Indian Philosophy's Legacy Across the Globe

News Desk, News Nation 360 : The Bhaktivedanta Research Centre in Kolkata has taken major steps in a novel initiative to draw attention to the legacy of Indian philosophy around the world. Indian philosophy has always been studied, even after Lord Macaulay introduced Western education in 1835. The mission of the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre is to bring Indian philosophy's legacy and diverse branches to the attention of a global audience. It has dedicated a great deal of time to studying and safeguarding India's religious and cultural legacy. Eminent academics like Professor Koshi Thrakan of Goa University, Professor Nishad Patnaik of IIIT Delhi, Professor Ethan Mills of the University of Tennessee, Professor Knut Axel Jacobsen of the University of Bergen in Norway, Professor N. Tiwari of Banaras Hindu University, Professor Rakesh Chand of Lucknow University, and Professor C.A. Tomy of Hyderabad University, the centre has now started offering workshops and

audio-visual online courses on classical Indian and Western philosophy. The World's Parliament of Religions in 1893 was a turning point for Indian philosophy. Representatives like Vivekananda for Hinduism sparked global interest, leading figures like Sister Nivedita and Romain Rolland to embrace or teach these ideas. Even as the Bhakti movement, with roots in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, continued within India, Vaishnavism was spread internationally by Prabhupada and ISKCON. The Bhaktivedanta Research Center's Philosophy and Manuscript Preservation Centre in Kolkata has already finished two courses on this topic, according to course coordinator and former vice-chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty. 'BRC Global' on YouTube is now offering these courses for free. There will soon be more philosophy courses available, both Western and Indian. Chakraborty noted that these workshops are being attended in person or virtually by academics from both domestic and foreign backgrounds, mainly those who study philosophy. Their mission is to resurrect the public practice and tradition of classical Indian philosophy. mainly those who want to study Indian philosophy for their research.


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