Shri. Karthik Sharma Speaks on Vipratipatteḥ Vicārāṅgatvam at Navratra Vidwat Sadas

A Navratra Vidwat Sadas was organised by the Nyaya Department of Trivandrum Sanskrit College on 16 and 17 November 2022. The event was inaugurated by R. Bindu, Minister of Higher Education and Social Justice, Government of Kerala. Smt. Vigneswari IAS, Director of Collegiate Education was the chairperson for the programme.  

24 reputed scholars from different academic institutions from Kerala were invited to present their topics at the Sabha. Faculties of the Trivandrum Sanskrit College and research scholars from other universities too participated in the Sabha. Shri. Karthik Sharma (Assistant Professor, School of Vedic Knowledge Systems) was invited to speak on Advaita Vedanta. He presented a paper on vipratipatteḥ vicārāṅgatvam on 16 November. 

Nyāyāmṛtam is a text written by Vyāsatīrtha from the Dvaita school of Vedanta, in the 15th century. This text refutes the concepts theorised in the doctrine of Advaita Vedānta. In the text, the author has presented arguments to establish that a vipratipatti vākya is not an essential constituent of a debate but merely a tradition that everyone follows. Vipratipatti vākya refers to the statement said or announced by the madhyastha (moderator) at the beginning of a debate in which he mentions the contradictory position of both vādī and prativādī. For example, jagat mithyā n vā (Is the universe real or unreal). Advaita siddhi is a text authored by Madhusūdana Sarasvatī in the 16th century to refute the arguments put forward by the text Nyāyāmṛtam. In this text, the author justifies the necessity of vipratipatti vākya at the beginning of a debate with valid arguments. Shri. Karthik Sharma presented his opinions based on Advaita Siddhi, and one of its commentaries titled laghucandrikā.