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The Mahabharata Critical Edition : Revised Second Edition
Vishwa Adluri, Hunter College, and Dr. Joydeep Bagchee, Freie Universitšt Berlin.
Need of the Project

The Mahabharata Critical Edition, completed in 1966, with the Critical Edition of the Harivasa completed in 1971, will enter its second half-century in 2016. In this time, the edition has become the standard edition for academic scholarship as well as the basis for much study on the manuscript tradition of the Mahabharata. It has been widely acknowledged as a critical success. Yet in the same time, there have been no updates or corrections to the volumes.

The Revised Edition

Revisions to the edition will be limited to incorporating the addenda and corrigenda for each volume into the text and either correcting or pointing out minor errors in the editorís apparatus or comments (e.g., misprints, dittographies, confusion of manuscript sigla, etc.). The edition will not undertake to revise the constituted text nor will it emend the form of the edition. The project editors will undertake to issue a revised apparatus along with the new edition. This apparatus is to be comprised of :

  1. The reissued Sukthankar Memorial Volumes (2 vols.) along with Dr. Sukthankarís On the Meaning of the Mahabharata, both sources that contain valuable insights on the process of producing the Mahabharata Critical Edition and erudite defenses of editorial choices against critics of the edition.4 These are essential reading for appreciating the Mahabharata Critical Edition in its full scope.
  2. Additional apparatus materials in the form of :
    1. An introduction, discussing the history of the project, its extent, its editorial principles, biographies of the individuals involved, the place of each volume within the overall project, and other data such as the project directors might deem essential (e.g., verse counts, tables of manuscripts, etc.)
    2. Brief forward to each individual volume locating the volume discussing any salient points such as unusual features of the manuscripts, divergence in principles from the other volumes, and addressing criticisms through a few references and adding a brief bibliography of reviews/citations.