Moily seeks research on Jainism in India

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Moodabidre, Karnataka, Nov 11 (UNI) Administration Reforms Commission Chairman and former Karnataka Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily today called upon historians and history researchers to establish that Jainism existed even during the pre-Aryan period.

Inaugurating a two-day national seminar on 'Jainism in South India', jointly organised by Sri Abheraj Baldota Chair of studies on Jainism department, Kannada University, Hampi, Alka's Education Foundation and Sri Dhavala College here, he said the researchers should throw light on the fact with proper documentation. Jainism was a rationalist religion based on secularism, harmony, peace and non-violence and it had become more relevant to the society.

Mr Moily said there was a need for ''desiltation of our culture'' and urged the researchers, especially from the Kannada University, to take up intensive research work, tracing the origin of some of the works including Puranas and Kavyas which were either in Prakruthi or Sanskrit. Light should also be thrown on the influence of Jain aspects in non-Jain related works, including 'Shaiva' and 'Vaishnava' literature, besides contribution by Kannada Jain poets and writers to Indian literature and culture.

Renowned Kannada writer and Jain scholar Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah, in his keynote address, said recent researches had established the fact that Jainism existed even during pre-Aryan period. It was also established that Jainism existed in South India even during second century BC, a fact proved by as many as 600 inscriptions found in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

Varsity Vice-Chancellor Dr B Vivek Rai said the university proposed to hold a national workshop on folk theatre of South India during the second week of next January and bring out 30 volumes on Jainism this month-end in Bangalore.


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