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Debamitra Dey

Nationality: Indian

Gender: female

Date Of Brith: 19/01/1979

Present Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sanskrit

Awards Received:

1. Received University Gold Medal for Standing 1st Class 1st from Jadavpur University in Both B.A. and M.A. Exam.
2. Received prestigious Gourinath Sastri Gold Medal for same reason.
3. Received National Scholarship from the University of Human Resource Development of Govt. of India.
4. Awarded by the Alumni Association of Jadavpur University.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor B.A. Hons. in Sanskrit Jadavpur University 2000
Master M.A. in Sanskrit Jadavpur University 2002
Ph.D Udayana Sammata Pramana Samiksha Jadavpur University 2008


Position(s) Held:

1 Junior Research Fellow, Dept. of Sanskrit, J.U. 2003 2005
2 Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Sanskrit, J.U. 2005 2006
3 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sanskrit, Bethune College 2006 2012
4 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sanskrit, A.B.N. Seal College 2012 Till Date


Membership(s) of Societies/Association:

Life Member of Asiatic Society, Kolkata.

About the Author

Debamitra Dey, MA, Ph.D. had her graduation and masters from Jadavpur University. She was awarded University Gold medal and Gourinath Sastri Gold medal for being topper in both the courses. Further to that, she joined the Department of Sanskrit as a Research Scholar and got her Ph.D. She taught at Lady Brabourne College and Bethune College. Currently, Dr Dey is Assistant Professor at Department of Sanskrit, A.B.N. College. She presented many papers at national and international conferences, and has also chaired various sessions. She has published two books — Prasanga-Pramana and Bharatiya Darshan: Astik O Nastik Prasthana Samuha — and many articles in various journals of international repute.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Prasanga-Pramana (9789380663296) Levant Books 2012
2 Bharatiya Darshan: Astik O Nastik Prasthana Samuha (978813188646) Pearson 2014
3 Pramana Tattva K.P. Bagchi & Sons Forthcoming
4 Theories of Illusion in Indian Philosophy D.K. Printworld Forthcoming


Details of Articles

1. The Origin and Transformation of Purusa and Prakriti in Samkhya Philosophy: Hindustani Academi, Part 31, Vol. 4, 2010.
2. Reductio-ad-absurdum or Tarka as an Educational Method: An Indian Perspective, International Journal of Decision Ethics, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Oxford University sponsored, U.K., 2012.
3. A Critique of Svabhavavada: Nagoa Studies in Indian Culture and Buddhism, Sambhasa, Vol. 30, Japan, 2013.
4. Definition of Valid Knowledge of Udayanachary: An Analysis, Philosophy of Education, Novosibirsk, Russia, 2014.
5. The Anti-Theistic Views of Kumarila: Anviksiki, Vol. VII, Banaras Hindu University, 2011.
6. The Symbol Worship in Indian Philosophical Tradition and Swami Vivekanandas Thought: Raiganj Gaurbanga Research Forum Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2012.
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Theories of Illusion in Indian Philosophy
Every school of Indian philosophy has prescribed its own ways to obliterate human sufferings in the best possible manner. More or less each of them has pointed out that the root cause of sufferings is false cognition of human being about the world and its objects. Only true cognition can eliminate the false one and like the destruction of a series in  a chain, the sufferings will be automatically demolished at a point of time. Hence it is necessary to know the nature as well as the characteristics of false cognition. 
The term illusion is used to denote false cognition according to Indian philosophy. So it may or may not have similarities with the views of Western thought. Each major school of Indian philosophy has analysed the theory of illusion from its metaphysical as well as epistemological standpoint. As a result, major theories — Samkhya-Yoga, Buddhist, Nyaya, Mimamsa and Vedanta — regarding illusion (popularly known as Khyativada) and many more minor theories have originated.
This volume thus extensively analyses how these schools have criticized their opponents’ standpoint to establish their own view, making it an interesting reading for everyone, be it a general reader, a student or a scholar in a simple and easy to understand format and language.