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January 12, 2017 / subramanyam

Why not debate ? Dear Devdutt

I respect  Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik.   I bought about 5 of his books, read a few of them, wrote reviews and did watch some of his videos and I did recommend some of them to my friends.

This morning I was shocked to see some tweets from him that were mocking Brahmins.  I went to his Twitter page and saw that he was making a lot of comments against Brahmins and some people in the Twitterati were giving it back to him.  I googled a little more and found an interesting story behind all this.  Here is the story, I am also giving my opinion on this.

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik wrote the book “My Gita” some time ago. (I too bought the book and read a few chapters of it).  In this book, he gives his version of meaning for the Sanskrit slokas and develops his interpretation of SrimadBhagavat Gita.   This book, “My Gita” is in wide circulation now.  A  person called Nityanand Misra found some inaccuracies in the way the Sanskrit Slokas have been interpreted in the book.  Nityanand Misra wrote a Facebook post as to how Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik made some elementary mistakes while interpreting Sanskrit words.  Here is what Nityanand Misra says about Devdutt.

“He confuses the short vowel अ with the long vowel आ, the unaspirated consonant द with the aspirated consonant ध, and the dental consonant न with the retroflex consonant ण.”

Here is the full Facebook post of Nityanand Misra.



It would have been great had Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik given a full rebuttal by citing his sources and explaining his standpoint.  However, Devdutt evaded it begin with.   Here is one his responses.



Nityanand came up with more inaccuracies from Devdutt’s works.


Devdutt then took the caste route to blame Misra.  Here is what he wrote.  He started blaming Brahmins en-masse.

Here is a  satirical take.

He was questioning the place of residence of Mishra.


A Diversionary tactic again.


Here is what he wrote about Jnanshwari.

The irony is Jnaneshwara was himself a Brahmin.  Yes, his thoughts were radical but he and his books are worshiped and read by one and all including Brahmins.


He even resorted to peddling lies .  Here is what he wrote about an Odiya Poet.


Then he speaks about the persecution of all saints in the hands of Brahmins.  Again, some of these people were Brahmins.

He deleted the tweet on Tulasidas, Tukaram and others later.

Then he started taking on Brahmins whole sale.


Then he says that Brahmins lack wisdom.  Man!!.. are you serious.

When someone complained about generalizing, this is what  Devdutt Tweeted.

Looks like he deleted it now.  I am sure Devdutt deleted some of his tweets.  Here is a tweet to which Shefali Vaidya responded, however, this too has been deleted.

He was unhappy as many twitteratti were asking questions. See this tweet.


My argument

Nityanand Misra pointed out some factual inaccuracies  in Devdutt’s work.  Ideally Devdutt should counter in factually.  Instead he is is going all over the place saying all different things, to me this is not correct.

One of the greatest strengths of Hinduism is Debate, the greats like Adi Shankanra, Bhagawad Ramanuja, Madhwacharya and others have always engaged in debates with the people who questioned their ideology.  Many of their followers too did the same when questions were raised on the interpretations that they gave to the world.

“Vaada” is a best way to resolve differences.  Instead of doing that if you start blaming Brahmins , bring in Caste , question nationality and start speaking Mumbo-Jumbo; this is not going to help the cause.

Dare to Debate Dear Devdutt, thats the best thing to do.  If you are indeed correct and Nityanand got it wrong prove it via debate. Prove it logically. Please don’t lower yourself in the eyes of others with these diversionary tactics.



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  1. Maya / Mar 2 2017 10:25 pm

    Yet Misratah isn’t half the man Pattanaik is. His attitude towards elementary mistakes is disgusting.

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    • Varun Vikram (singhVarunVikram) / Apr 1 2017 4:52 am

      Maya before you go ahead and make such a sweeping statement do mention the parameters that you used against Nityananda Misra and for Devadutt? Not half the man devdutt in what sense ? Being famous ? Learning ? Reverance ? intellect ? education ? WHAT. If all you care about when comparing two people is how easily an idiot can fool idiots like you then Houdini or perhaps Hitler would be up there in your reckoning no ?

      But if u wish to forget Mr. Mishra and the mythman and look at the sentences mr misra quoted and go to your nearby sanskrit knowing person or even look up online you will easily see who is the interloper and who makes more sense. The problem these days with people is you have lot of hot air filled ballons of opinions but lack even basic knowledge yet wish to substitute knowledge for opinions. No wonder then that the mythman is the one you will like to emulate rather than some proper sitting down and reading even by yourself !


    • Alakanuk Rusty / Apr 1 2017 1:56 pm

      You got to be kidding me – that line of argument when taken ahead will make Vyās, Vālmiki, Shankar, Rāmānuj, Madhva, Bharthahri, Asang, Vasugupt, Nāgārjuna, Dinnāga, Kapil, Kanād, Patanjali, Abhinav -all of them put together half a man to Devdutta Patnaik!!!


  2. subramanyam / Mar 2 2017 11:49 pm

    Hi Maya, true Misra might not be as famous as Devdutt, but why doesn’t Devdutt answer. Why does he bring caste and all, having admired Devdutt once, I am not able to digest his response.


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