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Instead, Sanskrit was directed “toward articulating a form of political consciousness and culture, politics not as transaction of material power—the power of recording deeds, contracts, tax records, and the like—but as celebration of aesthetic power” (Pollock, 2006: 14). The rules of Sanskrit were fixed in the fifth century BC by Panini, perhaps the world’s greatest grammarian, in his book, Ashtadhyayi, thus making it one of the most precise languages in the world and a powerful vehicle for communicating scientific and philosophical thoughts and ideas.

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