Event Details

National Symposium North East Guwahati: Socio Cultural Ethos Of North East


Guwahati, 10th -11th  February 2018

Venue: BKB, Auditorium, Gauhati University, Guwahati
Gyana sangam literally implies congregation of our ancient wisdom. Ancient India (Bharat) once contributed immensely to the world in the form of yoga, mathematics, architecture, Ayurveda, politics, Jyotisha, science, etc. based on our vedic wisdom. Our country lost the past glory due to several invasions with passage of time. The knowledge is disintegrated and systematically destroyed by innumerable conversions, for nearly 800 years; creating communal disharmony; introduction of western education system; falsely projecting the Indian history; destroying the temples (that are the learning centres in ancient time), and curtailing the usage of sanskrit language. Our scriptures like Ramayana, Mahabharat and Arthasasta of Chanakya emphasized on responsibilities. One who fulfills the duties (responsibilities) is expected to exercise his/her rights cautiously. However, exercising the individual rights without fulfilling the duties is disastrous to the society which is evident in the present day. It is apparent that all the ‘isms’ such as capitalism, communism, socialism etc. failed to bring harmony in the society. Indian scholars, who were influenced by the western ideology, brought the colonial mind set into the intellectual society in the post independent era. This brought the intellectual slavery due to which nation suffered gravely.  This has been translated into anti-national activities and abusing Sanatana traditions. This is high time, therefore, to unite the disintegrated ancient wisdom, which is the main objective of the Gyana samgam.
Currently, Gyana sangam has been planned to organize at six different locations in the country and Guwahati is one of them. It receives more appreciation in the northeastern part of India, being the border states to neighboring countries, and well connected with ancient wisdom in the past. Currently, the northeastern states have several official/spoken languages and appear to be divided by different cultural practices. However, the roots can be traced back to ancient times; many folklores and dance practices prove this fact very well. The Gyana Sangam promotes in bringing various practices and relates them with Sanathana practice. This conference is aimed at bringing the cultural heritage of northeastern states and connecting them to ancient practices.

Main Objective of the Symposium

It is believed that only victorious write the history. We can see traces of this observation in the history of India. Foreign invaders destroyed our education institutions and burnt our libraries. They ignored and insulted Indic Knowledge Traditions by calling it primitive and orthodox. Our knowledge traditions go back thousands of years in time, and they provide appropriate place for logical and scientific temperament along with experiential knowledge. This tradition has been so rich that even continuous attacks of foreign invaders could not destroy it. Though, they have been able to hurt the essence of this knowledge tradition.
For millenia the entire humanity has benefited from the Indic spiritual and knowledge traditions. However, due to slavery of 800 years, India has fallen behind. It has been 70 years since independence, but signs of slavery are still very much visible in the street names of our cities, in the books of our libraries and educational institutions, and in our food culture.
While Turks and Mughals destroyed our temples and educational institu­tions, Britishers established an educational system which induced disrespect for indigenous traditions within Indian psyche. As a result a very large section of our intellectual elite are still suffering from the colonial mindset. This is the reason why we were not able to innovate and invent as much from the Indian perspective as expected. Our intellectual world is under the grip of leftists, and even today they detest traditional Indian knowledge streams and only feel grateful towards the imported western knowledge. Under these circumstance we need to establish an intellectual vision which originates from the depths of our cultural and civilizational roots and such an Indic Knowledge Tradition is evolved which will be beneficial for us as well as the whole world.
We need to develop an Indic educational, social and intellectual vision which can contemplate and resolve our contemporary problems. For this we need to know and understand the origins of our knowledge traditions. We will be able to re-enliven them only when we comprehend our origins well.
Indic Vision refers to everything that originated from this land and prospered and blossomed in this environment, in this geographical and cultural landscape. Indic Vision has been assimilating various traditions and thoughts from the very beginning and establishing a sense of integrity.
While discussing our civilizational context and heritage, in this Indic Intel­lectual Ecosystem, we should contemplate on its relevance in our current times. To free the Indian psyche from the colonial thinking and to re-enliven the time tested values of our national heritage is the need of the hour.
Expected outcome from Gyan Sangam
  • The primary objective of the workshop was to create 'an academic ecosystem from Bharatiya perspectives' out of the government's ambit.
  • Intellectual charming about the heritage and culture of North Eastern india.
  • How to free teaching system from colonial values and establish national values in them.
  • How to develop a “social and intellectual” point of view which will be able to solve problems of its current generation.
  • It will hold discussions on how to create Indigenous narratives in the subjects like Political Science, International Relations, History, Archaeology, Science, Sociology, Communications, Theatre, Literature and Economics.
The following major themes are covered in this conference:
Detailing as follows ­­-
  • History of North East India
  1. Demography
  2. Education system
  3. Freedom fighters
  4. Lachit Borphukhan & Vir Chilarai
  5. Anthropology
  6. Matrilineal system
  • Science and technology North East India
  1. Scientific heritage of North East
  2. Agriculture
  3. Shipping
  4. Ayurveda
  5. Architecture
  6. Handicrafts
  • Religious philosophy of North East India
  1. Sankardeva
  2. Shakti peetha
  3. Tantra mantra (Ritual actions)
  4. Satra
  5. Nature worshiped
  6. Doni Polo
  • Languages
  1. History
  2. Script
  3. Grammar
  4. Similarity with Sanskrit
  • Synthesis of regionalism and nationalism
  1. Before Independence
  2. After 1970