Ancient Traditions and Modern Challenges: South Asian Studies Today


  • Klaus Karttunen University of Helsinki, Finland



Indology, South Asia, Sanskrit, Hinduism


In order to show the mutual importance and usefulness of classical and modern Indology to each other, the author presents a series of cases, where ancient things are present (and often reinterpreted and modified) in modern India, in fields such as religion and philosophy, social hierarchy, popular entertainment, language and linguistics and traditions of scholarship.


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Author Biography

Klaus Karttunen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Ph.D., has been the Professor of South Asian and Indoeuropean Studies at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki. Presently he is Research Scholar at the same Department.


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How to Cite

Karttunen, Klaus. 2016. “Ancient Traditions and Modern Challenges: South Asian Studies Today”. Politeja 13 (1 (40):13-20.