Shakuntala Bora

Shakuntala Bora

Associate Professor

MA (NEHU) PhD (NEHU)

Philosophy of Upanisads, Philosophy of Brahmasutra, Philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti, Philosophy of the Gita, Philosophy of the Mahabharata (Mokshadharma)

Department of Philosophy
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014
Email:- shakuntalabora@gauhati.ac.in

B. A. (Honours in Philosophy) from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya

M. A. (Philosophy) from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya

Ph. D. (Philosophy) from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya

 

1.       Visiting Professor (Indian), Year 2017-2018, Indian Council of Philosophical Research (Government of India, Ministry of Human resource Development), New Delhi.

 Teaching Interests

1.       Indian Philosophy

Courses Teaching:

1.       Theory of Reality-Indian

2.       Vedanta Philosophy

3.       Buddhist Philosophy

 

1.       Bhagavadgita

2.       Upanisads

3.       Brahmasutra

4.       Moksadharma (Mahabharata)

5.       Nagarjuna

6.       Jiddu Krishnamurti

 1.       Member,   Complaint Committee Sexual Harassment, 2014

2.       Coordinator, Philosophy, Institute of Open and Distance Learning, Gauhati University (October 2016, 2017)

3.       Director, ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Understanding Sankaradeva’s Thought – Philosophy, Faith and Literature’, 5-7 January 2017

 

1.       All India Radio Talk on Darshanik Shiksahak Rastrapati Dr. S. Radhakrishnan (Assamese), 5th September 2011

2.        ‘Ethics of the Gita - Lessons for Individuals to Work According to Their Nature", on WAVES Blog, 2016. https://vedicwaves.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/ethics-of-the-gita-lessons-for-individuals-to-work-according-to-their-nature/

3.       'Bases of Dharma in the Gita', on WAVES Blog, 2018. https://vedicwaves.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/bases-of-dharma-in-the-gita/

4.       Ext. Member, Board of Under Graduate Studies, Assam University, 2013

5.       Member, Board of Studies, North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous), 2013-2017

6.       V. C’s Nominee, Board of Studies, Jagannath Barooah College (Autonomous), 2016

7.       Associate Editor, WAVES Blog Editorial Board - https://vedicwaves. wordpress.com/editorial-board- members/ 

8.       Life Member, Indian Philosophical Congress

9.       Life Member, All-India Oriental Conference

10.   Life Member, Wider Association for Vedic Studies

 Books authored

1.       Enquiry into Nature of Self, Jijnasa Publication,2009

2.       ‘What Ought I to Do?’ The Gita’s Perspective, 2014, ISBN 978-9381-069-6-36

3.       Rethinking Philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti, 2015, ISBN 978-9381-06-937-6

4.       Essays on Philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti, 2015, ISBN 978-9381-069-35-9

5.       Revisiting the Upanisads, 2016, ISBN 978-9381-069-31-1

6.       Understanding Dharma of Mahabharata, (A Study in Mokshadharma), 2016,  ISBN 978-9381-069-34-6

 

Book Chapters authored

1.       ‘Ethnic Struggles in Assam: An Observation’ in Peace in India's North-East: Meaning, Metaphor, and Method: Essays of Concern and Commitment, New Delhi: Regency, 2006, ISBN 8189233483

2.       ‘Krishnamurti, J’, Viswakosh: Encyclopaedia in Assamese (Assam Sahitya Sabha), 2009

3.       ‘What Ought I to do: The Gita’ in Of Knowledge, Freedom and Reason, Gauhati University, 2010, ISBN 978-93-80390-40-6

4.       ‘Philosophy of J. Krishnamurti’ in Dimensions ofPhilosophy: Tradition and Modernity, Gauhati University, 2010, ISBN 978-93-80390-41-3

5.       ‘Bounds of Thought and Beyond: J. Krishnamurti’ in The Limits of Thought and Beyond, Bloomsbury,  India, pp. 88-94, 2013, ISBN 978-93-82951-29-2

6.       ‘Krishnamurti on Consciousness and Truth’ in Phenomenological Meaning, University of North Bengal, pp. 96-106, 2014, ISBN 81-7211-334-x-978-81-7211-334-6

7.       ‘Upanisadic Philosophy of Education’ in Anvesana, Pandu College Philosophical Society, Pandu College, Guwahati. Pp. 29-42, 2016,  ISBN 978 9381 069 32 9

8.       ‘Ethics and Spirituality in the Upanisads’ in Ancient Indian Literary Heritage – 6 Science and Spirituality in Vedic Tradition, Pratibha Prakashan, Delhi, 2018, pp. 89-97, ISBN 978-81-7702-421-0

9.  ‘J. Krishnamurti’s Understanding of Consciousness’ in On the Nature of Consciousness, Bloomsbury India, 2018, pp. 44-51, ISBN 978-93-86950-08-6

Journals articles authored

1.       ‘Belief in Immortality’, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol., XXIX No. 4, pp. 435-444

2.       ‘Virtue Ethics- The Gita’in Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 40. No. 1-4, pp. 45-54, ISSN 0367-415 x

3.       ‘Problem of Man with Regard to Environment’ in Philosophica, Vol. III, pp. 26-30, Bongaingaon College, Bongaigaon, Assam, ISSN 2249-5053

4.       ‘Jiddu Krishnamurti on Life’ in Philosophica, Vol. IV, pp. 45-53, Bongaingaon College, Bongaigaon, Assam, ISSN 2249-5053

5.       ‘The Self of Upanisad: A Goal Ought to be Pursued by Man’ Beekshan, Vol. IX, pp. 53-65, Philosophical Journal of J.B. College, Jorhat, Dibrugarh Unversity, ISSN 2250-0896, September, 2015

6.       ‘Ethics of the Upanisads’ in Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol.II, pp. 19-33, Department of Philosophy, B.  Borooah College, Guwahati, ISSN 2348-7011, March 2016

7.       ‘Dharma: A Study in Chirakarin Story’, in Delve, Volume V, pp. 17-27, Nowgong College, ISSN 2278 7402, October 2016  

8.       ‘Understanding My Dharma- The Gita’s Way’, in Gauhati University Journal of Philosophy, Volume II, pp. 55-64, Department of Philosophy, Gauhati University, ISSN 456-3285, December 2017

9.       ‘Nagarjuna’s Epistemology’, Bharat Bauddha, Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka, Sanchi, October 2017

Study Materials authored

  1. Content Writer, e PG Pathasala, Module 2.1, Cocepts of Pramā̄, Epistemology I, Philosophy
  2. Content Writer, e PG Pathasala,2/9, Distinctions among Kevala-Vyatireki, Anvaya-Vyatireki, Kevalanvayi, Sama-Vyapti, Asama-Vyapti

2.       

 1.       Jijñāsā I, 2005

2.       Jijñāsā  II, 2006

3.       Conversation on Philosophy, 2013, ISBN 978-9381-069-8-97

4.       Jijñāsā  III, 2016, ISBN 978-9381-069-36-3

5.       Jijñāsā  IV, 2017, ISBN 978-81-935851-0-8

1.       Lecturer, Buddha Bhanu Saraswati College, Shillong, Meghalaya

2.       Sankardev College, Shillong, Meghalaya

3.       Lecturer, University of Gauhati, Guwahati, Assam

4.       Reader, University of Gauhati, Guwahati, Assam

5.       Associate Professor, University of Gauhati, Guwahati, Assam

 

1.       Resource Person,  ICPR Sponsored Lecture, Niskama ‘Karma and Kant’s Ethics’, Goalpara College, Goalpara,11th February 2016

2.       Resource Person,  ICPR Sponsored Lecture, ‘Ethics of the Gita’, Bhola Nath College, Dhubri, Assam, 2nd March 2016

3.       Resource Person, International Women’s Day, Paschim Guwahati Mahavidyalaya, Dharapur, Guwahati, 8th March 2016

4.       Resource Person, Invited Lecture, ‘Ethics of Gita’ in Darrang College, Tezpur, 9th September 2016

5.       Resource Person, Post Graduate Classes, J.B. College (Autonomous), Jorhat, 10-11 March 2017

6.       Resource Person, Invited Lecture, ‘Ethics of Mokshadharma’ in J.B. College (Autonomous), Jorhat, 11th March 2017

7.       Resource Person, ICPR Sponsored International Philosophy Day 2016, NEHU, Shillong, 27th March 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP3Wibhprug&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

8.       Resource Person, Extension Talk, ‘Role of Dharma in Moral Development’, Department of Teacher Education, Manipur University, 1st April 2017

9.       Resource person, UGC Sponsored Seminar on ‘Teachings of the Gita and its Relevance to Contemporary Society’, ADP College, Nogaon, 4th August 2017

10.   Resource Person, Invited Lecture, ‘Philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti with Special Reference to His Understanding of Life and Freedom’, Dakshin Kamrup Girls’ College, Mirza, 12th October 2017

11.   Resource Person, Visiting Professor, ICPR, ‘Dharma: An Analysis in Mokshadharma’, North-Bengal University, 8th November 2017

12.   Resource Person, , SAP Programme, ‘Dharma: Ethics in the Gita’, North-Bengal University, 9th November 2017

13.   Resource Person, Visiting Professor, ICPR, ‘Yoga: Way of Ending Bondage in the Gita, Pondicherry University, 29th January 2018

14.   Resource Person, Invited Lecture, ‘Dharma in Mahabharata’, Department of Hindi, Pondicherry University, 30th January 2018

15.   Resource Person, Invited Lecture, ‘Understanding Dharma: the Gita’s Perspective’ in B. Borooah College, Guwahati, 10th March 2018

16.   Resource Person, Visiting Professor, ICPR, ‘Ending of ‘Me’ in Krishnamurti’s Philosophy: the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’’, University of Mysore on 26th March 2018

17.   Resource Person, Post Graduate Classes, Department of Philosophy, Assam University, 20-21 April, 2018

1.       ‘Culture and Conflict of Values in Changing Society’ in 4th Conference of the International Congress of Social Philosophy, 9-11 December 2004, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam

2.       ‘Ethnic Struggles in Assam: An Observation’ in Peace Process in North-East India, 2006, Indian Council of Social Science Research, North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong, Meghalaya

3.       ‘Freedom: J Krishnamurti’ in 85th Session of Indian Philosophical Congress, 26-29 October 2010, Gauhati University, Guwahati

4.       ‘Silence about Self is not Negation of Self: Buddha’  in International Vedic Conference on Veda and Thought Revolution, WAVES in association with Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar, 14-17 March 2012

5.       ‘The Gita’s Ethics’  In 46th Session All India Oriental Conference, Sanskrit Department, University of Kashmir, 1-3 October 2012

6.       ‘Consciousness: Jiddu Krishnamurti’ in International Conference on ‘Nature of Consciousness; Classical and Contemporary Debates in Vedanta Philosophy’, Department of Philosophy, Assam University, 21-24 November 2013

7.       ‘In the Problem Lies the Solution: Jiddu Krishnamurti’ in 47th Session All India Oriental Conference, Department of Sanskrit, Gauhati University, 2-4 January 2015

8.       ‘Ethics and Spirituality in the Upanisads’ in 19th India Conference of WAVES  on Science and Spirituality in Vedic Traditions: Modern Context, Delhi Sanskrit Academy and WAVES, 27-29 November 2015

9.       ‘Samkhya Ahankara: Ego is Inclusive of Subject and Object’ In 90th Session of Indian Philosophical Congress, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, 1-4 February 2016

10.   ‘Justification of Death: Analyzing through Mokshadharma’ in Twelfth International & Twentieth India Conference on “Scientific Aspects of Vedic knowledge”, organized by World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) & Wider Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, 15th-18th December 2016

11.   ‘Conflict Transformation: The Gita’s Perspective’ in 91st Session Indian Philosophical Congress,  Sanchi University of Budhist-Indic Studies, Barla, Madhya Pradesh,  11th-14th February 2017

12.   Understanding My Dharma- the Gita’s Way’ in ICPR Sponsored Global Conclave on ‘Dharma- Ideal and Praxis in the emerging Global Scenario’, Santhigiri Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 24th -27th August 2017

 

1.       ‘Gilbert Ryles’ “Knowing How” and Scepticism’ in ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on Recent Debates in Epistemology, 28-30 November, 2007, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya

2.       ‘Social Reality and Inner Transformation’ in ICPR Sposored National Seminar on Persepective in Social and Political Philosophy, 2-22 November, 2008

3.       ‘Freedom from the Known: J. Krishnamurti’ in ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on Realism and Idealism in Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Women’s College, Tinsukia, Assam

4.       ‘On Religion: J. Krishnamurti’ in SAMVADA- A Forum of Understanding Religions Sponsored Regional Seminar on Religion in Secular India: Role and Relevance, 14-15 September 2009

5.       ‘Religion of the Gita’ in SAMVADA- A Forum of Understanding Religions Sponsored VIII National Seminar on The Permanent and Changing Aspects of Religions, Govardhan, Mathura, 1-3 October 2010

6.       ‘Devotion in Gita’ in ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Values in Indian Culture and National Reconstruction’, Gauhati University, 2-4 December 2010

7.       ‘Krishnamurti on  Consciousness’  in National Seminar on ‘Phenomenology and Meaning’, North Bengal University, 7-9 March 2011

8.       ‘Buddha’s Philosophy: An Art for Social Integration’ In ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Philosophy for Social Integration’, Gauhati University, 29-31 March 2011

9.       ‘Truth Realization through Religion: the Gita’s Way’ in National Seminar on ‘Perspective in Inter-faith (Religious) Dialogue’, Manipur University, 27-29 July 2011

10.   ‘Understanding the Notion of Conflict: the Gita’ in Inter-Disciplinary National Seminar on ‘Positive  Living: Current Trends and Application’, Department of Psychology Psychology, Gauhati University & Psychologists’ Association of North East India, 2-3 November 2011

11.   ‘Bounds of Thought and Beyond: J. Krishnamurti’ in ICPR Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Limits of Thought and Beyond’, Department of Philosophy, Assam University, 28-29 December 2011

12.   ‘Importance of Purpose in Education: Understanding through Krishnamurti’s Philosophy’ in ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Contemporary Educational Crisis: Integrated Approach to Higher Education and Research’, Departments of Social Work & Philosophy, Assam University, 20-22 November 2014

13.   ‘Nagarjuna’s Epistemology’ in UGC Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Epistemology: Limits

14.   and Transcendence’, Department of Philosophy, North Bengal University, 12 December 2014

15.   ‘Understanding Importance of Dialogue in Upanisads and Its Applicability in Present-day Context’ in Centre for Studies in Civilization, New Delhi organized National Seminar on ‘Cultural Pluralism in India and Inter-Cultural Dialogue’, Shillong, 23-24 February 2015

16.   ‘Mysticism in the Upanisads’ in UGC- SAP National Seminar on ‘Debating Religosity- Logic, Mysticism and Religious Language’, Department of Philosophy, Assam University, 6-8 March 2015

17.   ‘Teaching Philosophy, The Indian Way (With Special Reference to Mokshadharma)’ in ICPR Sponsored National Seminar entitled, "Teaching of Indian Philosophy in North-East India",  Department of Philosophy, North Easter Hill University, Shillong, 15th-17th June 2016

18.  Understanding Ahimsa in Mahabharata - Analyzing Tuladhara-Jajali Story’ in UGC & ICPR Sponsored a National Seminar in Applied Ethics on “Issues in Contemporary Society: Rights, Duties and Sustainability in Search of Harmony”, Shillong College, Shillong, 14-15 July, 2016.

19.   ‘Ethics in Mokshadharma’, in  National Seminar on ‘Theoretical and Practical Issues relating to the concept of Dharma (Ethics)’, Department of Philosophy, Manipur University, 30th-31st March 2017

20.   Indo-Iranian International seminar on “Spirituality in Hinduism and Islam” organized by Indian Council of Philosophical Research in collaboration with Iran Culture House, India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg (Near Lodhi Road), New Delhi, 25-27 October 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptoKlXkpGUg

1.       Three day Workshop on Value Education with Developmental Approaches, North-Eastern Council Government of India and Foundation for Advancement of Science, 10-12 May, 2006

2.       ICPR Sponsored workshop for Teachers of Philosophy in Assam on ‘Teaching of Philosophy in Colleges and Universities of Assam: Problems and Prospects’, Department of Philosophy, Gauhati Univeristy, 29-31 May 3013

3.       ‘The Goal of Life in the Upanisads and Role of Knowledge’ in ICPR Sponsored Teachers’ Meet, The Crisis of  Multiple Identities  in Contemporary World, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Guwahati, 15-17 February 2016

1.       Chair Person, UGC Sponsored National Seminar on ‘The Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and its Relevance in Present Society’, North Lakhimpur College,  North Lakhimpur, Assam, 9-10 May 2013

2.       Chair Person, ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar on ‘Contemporary ‘Educational Crisis: Integrated Approach to Higher Education and Research’, Departments of Social Work & Philosophy, Assam University, 20-22 November 2014

3.       Chair Person, UGC- SAP National Seminar on ‘Debating Religosity- Logic, Mysticism and Religious Language’, Department of Philosophy, Assam University, 26-28 March 2015

4.       Chairperson, UGC Sponsored Seminar on ‘Swami Vivekananda’s Philosophy: Its Relevance in Contemporary Society’ in Dhemaji Girls’ College, Dhemaji, 22nd October, 2016

5.       Co-Chairperson in Twelfth International & Twentieth India Conference on “Scientific Aspects of Vedic knowledge”, organized by World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) & Wider Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, 16th December 2016