The Mahabharata is an Itihasa which holds fascination for scholars of different disciplines. There is material here in this vast text for anthroploogists, sociologists, philosophers, scholars of religious studies, astrophysicists ans many more. While earlier scholarship has mainly been in the fields of religion and philosophy and in the dating of the Itihasa since the publication of the critical edition scholars have been engaged in researching its contents both critically and comparatively in very many areas and in novel ways.
Dr. T. S. Rukmani is currently professor and chair in hindu studies at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Before joining the present assignment she had the distinction if being the first chair in Hindu studies and Indian Philosophy at the University of Durbanwestville, south Africa.