Bhagwad Gita is a sacred text for a large section of humanity and a mystery for the almost anyone who has either heard of it or read it. Scholars of the last couple of centuries have worked on it – trying to understand it, write commentaries on it, bring out its relevance to the current realities and to understand its historicity.
Meghnad Desai in this small book tries to reverse engineer the book. He tries to find out who actually wrote Gita – was it Ved Vyas the author to whom Mahabharata is attributed or was it an independent author who wrote it and the text was later made a part of the epic Mahabharata. Once he concludes that it was an independent text, he goes on to explore if it has a single or a multiple authorship? He tries to explain the disjointed nature of the philosophies in the text some of which even look contradictory. He refers to the similar works that have been done by both Indian and European scholars in trying to figure out Continue reading