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Future Vision
An Agenda for the future- Attention future researchers!

Dr. Dhere indicates some future projects which he has in mind - but would appreciate if some young researchers take it up.
So vast is this ocean of Indological knowledge, that even this erudite, multifaceted single person university can not do it all alone...


1. Folk Festivities : Traditions and Transformations

  • Nature of the Village culture
  • How the life centers around village tutelary deity, and festivities and cultural traditions evolve around it.
  • Folk Festivities and pursuit of trade, commerce and economics of village.
  • Rights, duties and economics of traditional devotees and artisans with respect to folk festivities.
  • Relation between Folk culture and folk festivities-Nature of mutual support and growth.
  • Dialogue or conflict between orthodoxy and modernism: In accordance with modernization, rationalism and impacts of globalization e.g. monotonous cultural manifestation (cultural flattening), various challenges faced by religious beliefs.
  • Folk Festivities and manifestation of religious beliefs and moral values of village life.

2. Jatipuranas and social history

  • Jatipurana: An important resource of studying social history.
  • Scripted Jatipuranas and vocal Jatipuranas- Nature of their content
  • A rebellious commentary on social systems and conducts.
  • An allegorical/metaphorical history of injustice and exploitation.
  • Self esteem of underprivileged and depressed classes as reflected in the Jatipuranas.
  • Nature and interpretation of myths and mythical symbols in Jatipuranas.

3. Sthalapuranas and history of religion

  • The 'Puranic' nature of Sthalapuranas and Sthana-mahatmyas
  • Geographical History reflected in Sthalapuranas.
  • Nature of cultural history reflected in Sthalapuranas.
  • Sthalapuranas and theogony.
  • Various social beliefs and their transformations as reflected in Sthalapuranas.
  • A review of religious beliefs and religious transformations with the help of Sthalapuranas.

4. 1857-War of Independance: Truths and myths

  • Contemporary records: Nature of war
  • Comments of various social leaders on the war.
  • Acceptance of the war during the period of 1857 to 1947
  • How the war gained a mythical status in India's struggle of independence
  • Records, comments, analysis of this war in Maharashtra after independence.
  • How mindset Maharashtriyan people accepted this war.

5. Struggles and upheavals for Social Equality, and caste identity.

  • Agitations in Maharashtra directly or indirectly related to social equality from 12th century to 20th century: Nature and Inspirations.
  • Impacts of agitations: Contemporary and later reflections.
  • Nature of transformations made by agitations.
  • Thoughts on equality and political Maharashtra in 19th century.
  • Politics and social agitations in Maharashtra after independence.
  • Analytical interpretation of modern forms of caste consciousness and prides.
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