Ben Yuan wrote:I'd agree with that assessment. One of the problems is just a collapse in the value given to the humanities in our society.
A few months ago I had tea with Dr. Lokesh Chandra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokesh_Chandra
) and he lamented the same thing has happened in India, too. He said hardly any attention is paid to scholars anymore. "It is all about billionaires and industrialists these days." The education system reflects the money culture as well. You're probably going to be seen as a loser if you study ancient history and languages.
So, even in India there are probably next to no scholars capable of really comparing Hellenic and Indian philosophies. To some extent he has investigated these links, especially in the art history of Central Asia. However, while his generation had plenty of eminent scholars, the academic culture in India nowadays doesn't produce many figures like him.
It seemed to be impossible to me that the Hellenistic world could have impacted South Asian art so immensely, if it did not also impact it's ideas.
One other example of strong Hellenic influences in India is all the Hellenic astrology/astronomy, much of which is found in Buddhism as well. I wrote about this:https://sites.google.com/site/dharmadep ... n-buddhism