- Indology is the study of India, its multifaceted and ancient culture and civilization.
- Spiritual leaders and social reformers, from Swami Vivekanand to Raja Rammohan Roy, delved deep into the writings of Indologists and reminded Indians of their ancient heritage.
- The Indologists brought a new consciousness in India that ignited self pride.
- They became a bridge between India and the western world.
- This also encouraged many Indian scholars to take up Indology.
- Indian-ness is characterized by inclusive pluralism; it is rooted in the principle of DHARMO RAKSHATI RAKSHITAH that is – Dharma or the virtuous order, which when protected, protects all without exclusion.
The beginnings of the study of India by outsiders date back at least to Megasthenes ( 350–290 BC), a Greek ambassador of the Seleucids to the court of Chandragupta , founder of the Mauryan Empire . Based on his life in India Megasthenes composed a four-volume Indica which influenced the classical geographers Arrian, Diodor and Strabo.
What is the Need For Indology ?
Today, we all live as a global community. There is greater need for mutual understanding. New ideas are shaping our daily lives. India is doing its best to explain the virtues of Yoga and Ayurveda for the well-being of humanity. Likewise, other nations and societies are making efforts to revive their traditional cultural expressions. In such a scenario, Indology assumes greater significance to promote better undertaking between peoples and to share what India has to offer to humankind.
It is an annual award instituted by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in 2015 .It carries prize amount of US$ 20000.