Dr. M.V. Nadkarni (Mangesh Venkatesh Nadkarni), born on February 23, 1939, an economist by training and profession, has deep interest in other social sciences as well, as also in religion and philosophy. His contribution to Economics has been mainly in the areas of Agricultural Price Policy, Problems of Drought Prone Areas, Farmers' Movements, Political Economy of Forest Use and Management, Economics of Pollution Control, and Integrating Ethics into Economics
What is the Bhagavad-Gita? Is it just a religious text? When was it composed? How relevant is it to the modern world?
Hinduism is much misunderstood, not only by non-Hindus, but also by Hindus themselves. It has been tried to be defined in terms of purity and pollution, caste hierarchy, Brahminism, idolatry, ritualism, cow-worship, other-worldliness and amorality! That is, anything which Hinduism is not. Some have even doubts if it is a religion at all!