There is, however, no bibliography, and the format of the work is unnecessarily confusing--very much an example of Indian commentatorial
literature, but with no clear demarcation (as was so elegantly done by the old Nirnaya Sagar Press) of the layers of commentary.
She thus retains the traditional "conservative" commentatorial
reading, which views the N[a.
Long, implicitly or explicitly advocates a reading of Thomas in light of what Romanus Cessario calls "the commentatorial
tradition," which is seen by such thinkers as if not the teaching of Thomas himself at least an authentic development thereof.
By a simple act of commentatorial
legerdemain, Kent declared that Coke had not meant what he said.
Acharya presents detailed basic information and elucidates the background of' Vacaspati's commentatorial
His proposed format included three parts: the citation of the context of the original quotation, the discussion of the two or more commentatorial
traditions of choice, and, lastly, the student's personal understanding of the passage.
However, as demonstrated by the other contributors to this section (and by Bhate herself), there are enough elements in the later commentatorial
literature that can help in the interpretation and intellectual appreciation of the Paninian tradition, even if they may not lead to a deeper understanding of the linguistic structure of Sanskrit.
That citation of Panini's work attains greater prevalence than citation to Yaska's in Sanskrit commentatorial
literature, even in lexicography and perhaps even in Rgvedic interpretation, indicates the great authority systematic linguistic analysis held in India.