Vāda: A Tool of the Indian Cultural Studies

Authors

  • Kamalpreet Kaur Independent Researcher
  • Meenu A Gupta Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
  • Mohit Vasdev Independent Researcher

Keywords:

Vāda, Nyāya, Debate, Jalpa, Vitandā

Abstract

Vāda, the classical name for the act of discussion/debate in the Indian tradition forms the basis of every conversation undertaken with the sole aim of reaching correct knowledge. The paper explores the Indian tradition of Vāda and its subcategories with the intention of highlighting the all-encompassing and holistic nature of this Indian tool of cultural studies, in both theory and praxis. It checks into its evolution through contemporary times wherein it has lost its essence to accommodate the corrupted interests of modern individuals as well as leaders and debaters. With the assistance of various examples, the paper endeavors to establish Vāda as a congenial way to attain correct knowledge. The paper is replete with examples from day to day life as well as historio-literary world to facilitate the comprehension and analysis of these tools. These tools are potent to all aspects of research, for Vāda or discussion/debate/argument is an innate and immutable part to all disciplines of knowledge and education.

Author Biographies

Kamalpreet Kaur, Independent Researcher

Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur has recently completed her Doctorate from the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. She has one book chapter and five papers published in her name and is currently undertaking independent research. Her research interests lie in Popular Culture and Indian Philosophy, specifically the six systems of Indian Philosophy.

Meenu A Gupta, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Dr. Meenu A. Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Besides three books to her credit she has one manuscript accepted for the publication by a reputed publishing house “Mapping the ethical Turn through the Indian Tales”.  Her research interests include the areas of Literary Theory, Salman Rushdie and comparison between French Philosopher Deleuze and Indian Philosophy. She has successfully supervised seven Ph.D. Theses and eight M.Phil Dissertations. She has been invited to present research papers in the conferences in India and abroad. She also coordinates English Proficiency Courses from time to time.

Published

2022-01-01

How to Cite

Kaur, K., A Gupta, M., & Vasdev, M. (2022). Vāda: A Tool of the Indian Cultural Studies. Tattva Journal of Philosophy, 14(1). Retrieved from https://journals.christuniversity.in/index.php/tattva/article/view/3274