Traditions of Indian Thought

Since its inception, the Centre has had a major interest in Social and Political Theory, which is also part of the teaching programme. Faculty members have worked on thinkers like Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia, Ambedkar and Coomaraswamy, reflected on the foundational ideas of the Indian Republic, and delved into debates in intellectual history as well as philosophy both Eastern and Western. A more recent effort to focus on the moral, ethical and political thought of India has been supported by the Nirman Foundation since 2015. Over the last three years philologists from different parts of India and the world have visited the Centre for periods of three to eight weeks every summer and have conducted intensive readings of pre-modern Indic texts. In the summer of 2017, Indologists working with Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali texts were joined by experts in the philosophy, religion and history of ancient China. The India-China exchange was supported by the Berggruen Foundation.