What constitutes a satisfactory corroboration?

Shri Prabhakar Phadnis writes… “Ref 23 Exp 23 … How Shri. Oak can assert that it is an observation on the 14th night? According to him 14th day of war was a Chaturdashi, so no question of moon ‘rising’. At sunset it would be already above the Eastern horizon. If the seven planets were ranging…

Falsification = Unequivocal disqualification

Shri Prabhakar Phadnis writes…. “That brings us to end of chapter 7 which claims 5561 BCE as the year of war. Have all the references and EE experiments passed scrutiny? Readers can decide. As I have stated earlier I am not proposing any alternative year as a candidate. I do not have resources to verify…

Role & rationale of ‘Rational criticism’

Shri Prabhakar Phadnis writes… “Ref. 17 Exp.21 Without exact translation of the second line of the reference in full, it is not possible to say whether Shri. Oak’s interpretation that Mars, Venus and Mercury were behind Pandavas is correct or not. Does पुरस्तात् mean ‘behind’? I doubt. (Refer अव पुरस्तात् from Atharvasheersha where it means…

Western Indologists & lack of comprehension

“One of the more puzzling aspects of this whole affair is that Malhotra praises my work effusively while vilifying the work of my mentor and dissertation supervisor, Sheldon Pollock. Pollock is literally the first person I thank in the acknowledgements of Unifying Hinduism, and knowledgeable readers will see that it is chock-full of “Pollockian” ideas.”…

Fall of Abhijit – 4 श्लोक & 3 Interpretations (Part 3 of 4)

In this part, let’s explore interpretation of Shri Prabhakar Phadnis for ‘Fall of Abhjit’. — Translation by Dr. Vartak (Shri Phadnis has accepted translation of Dr. Vartak as directionally correct. I am also ok with accepting Dr. Vartak’s translation as directionally correct.) 1. अभिजित्स्पर्धमाना तु रोहिण्याः कन्यसी स्वसा इच्छन्ती ज्येष्ठतां देवी तपस्तप्तं वनं गता. ‘Daughterlike…