Mrinal Kaul

Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Phone: 
+91 022-25765349 Extn: 5349
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Education: 
  • Ph.D. 2016 (Philosophy of Religion), Université Concordia-Montréal, Québec
  • Research Fellow 2012, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale
  • M.St. 2008 (Oriental/South Asian Philosophy), St Cross College, University of Oxford
  • M.A. 2006 (Sanskrit/Indian Philosophy), St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  • B.A. Hons. 2003 (Sanskrit), St Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • Certificate in Manuscriptology 2004, University of Pune
Experience: 
  • 2021- Assistant Professor of Indian Philosophy, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai
  • 2015-21: Assistant Professor, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (Centre for Excellence), Manipal, Karnataka
  • 2015: Research Fellow, Fonds de la recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies, Gouvernement du Québec
  • 2012-15: Lecturer in Indian languages, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale", Italy
  • 2010-12: Teaching Assistant, Université Concordia-Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • 2009-13: Research Assistant, Université Concordia-Montréal, Québec, Canada
Research Interests: 

Philosophical Hermeneutics of Abhinavagupta, Non-dual Śaiva philosophy, Classical Indian Philosophical Texts, Philosophy of Tantras (particularly the Tantrāloka), Pratyabhijñā Philosophy, Classical Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Religion, Sanskrit language and literature, Sanskrit Textual Criticism, South Asian Manuscript Cultures

Courses Taught: 

Graduate Courses:

(Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay)

  • HS 506 Writing and Research in Philosophy 
  • HS 863 Philosophy of Indian Aesthetics
  • HS 501 Vedanta Philosophy in the Vedic Tradition
  • HS 564 Śaiva Metaphysics and Epistemology

(Manipal University)

  • Truth and Knowledge in Indian Philosophy
  • Classical Indian Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Indian Aesthetics 
  • Major Thinkers: Abhinavagupta
  • Texts and Traditions
  • Pre-Modern Literary Traditions 
  • Intermediate Sanskrit Language Course
  • Elementary Sanskrit Language Course 

(Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale")

  • Sanskrit language and literature (intermediate and advanced levels)

Undergraduate Courses:

(Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay)

  • HS 301 Introduction to Philosophy

(Manipal University)

  • History of Indian philosophy 
  • Non-dual Epistemology
  • Traditions of Indian Philosophy 
  • Critical Issues in Indian Philosophy 
  • Myth and Narrative
  • Introduction to Hinduism 

(Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale")

  • Sanskrit language and literature (introductory and intermediate levels)

Teaching Assistant:

(Université Concordia-Montréal)

  • Veda and Upaniṣads: Ancient Religions of India
  • Introduction to Asian Religions 
  • Introduction to Buddhism 
Publications: 

Edited Books:

  1.  2008: Linguistic Traditions of Kashmir (Essays in Honour of Pandit Dinanath Yaksha) (Ed.) with Ashok Aklujkar (D.K. Printworld, New Delhi / HSIRI, J&K)
  2.  2003: The Variegated Plumage: Encounters with Indian Philosophy (A Commemoration Volume in Honour of Pt Jankinath Kaul ‘Kamal’) (Ed.) with N.B.Patil (SSRI, J&K / MLBD, Delhi)

 Edited Sections in Handbooks/Encyclopaedias:

  1.  2020: “Logic in Kashmir Śaivism” section editor in The Springer Handbook of Logical Thought in India, Ed. Sundar Sarukkai and Mihir Chakraborty, Springer India.

 Entries in Handbooks/Encyclopaedias:

  1.  2021: “Lakshman Joo Raina (1907-1991)” in Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers (India 1500-2000), Ed. John R. Shook, Bloomsbury, UK. (forthcoming)

 Contributions to Edited Volumes and Book Chapters:

  1.  2022: ‘A Preliminary Note on the Manuscripts of the Tantrāloka-viveka’ in F. Sferra, V. Vergiani (eds.) Verità e Bellezza. Essays in Honour of Raffaele Torella. Series Minor XCVII. Università degli Studi di Napoli, Dipartimento Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo, Series Minor, Napoli, pp. 679–750.
  2.  2021: Is there a ‘South Asian Poetics’? In the Proceedings of ‘A National Seminar on The Literary Across Cultures: Cultural Poetics of Bhasha Literatures in Theory and Practice organised by Centre for Contemporary Theory, Baroda (forthcoming)
  3.  2021: Is there a Śaiva Theory of Festivity? Abhinavagupta’s Reply In the Proceedings of the “Four Day International Seminar on Festivals of India: Gleanings from Literature, Ritual and Traditions” organised by the Department of Sanskrit Sahitya in Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady (forthcoming)
  4.  2020: ‘Causal Reasoning in the Trika Philosophy of Abhinavagupta’ in Springer Handbook of Logical Thought in India, Ed. Sundar Sarukkai and Mihir Chakraborty, Springer, New Delhi. DOI: 10.1007/978-81-322-1812-8_31-1
  5.  2018: ‘Ontological Hierarchy in the Tantrāloka of Abhinavagupta’, In the Tantrapuṣpāñjali: A Commemoration Volume for Pandit H.N. Chakravarty, Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, Eds. Bettina Bäumer & Hamsa Stainton, pp. 240-270.

 Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  1. 2020: Abhinavagupta on Reflection (Pratibimba) in the Tantrāloka, Journal of Indian Philosophy, 48, 161–189 (2020). DOI: 10.1007/s10781-019-09414-0
  2. 2013: A Reflection on some Transformational Encounters Between the Śaiva and the Buddhist Philosophers of Kashmir, In the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Mumbai, Volume 85 for 2011-2012. pp. 80-95.
  3. 2001: Metallurgy as expounded in the Arthaśāstra’ In Journal of the Ananthacarya Indological Research Institute, Mumbai. Volume IV. pp. 126-132

Book Reviews and Forwards:

  1. 2022: Review of “Indian Perspectives on Consciousness, Language and Self: The School of Recognition on Linguistics and Philosophy" of Mind by Marco Ferrante, Routledge, 2021. in Philosophy East and West, Hawai'i, January 2022. https://doi.org/10.1353/pew.2022.0018
  2. 2022: Review of “Stainton, Hamsa. Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir. AAR Religion in Translation. Oxford 2019” in International Journal of Hindu Studies, Springer
  3. 2020: “Forward” to ‘Explorations in Indian Philosophy’ by C. Rajendran, DK Printworld, New Delhi, pp. v-xxx.
  4. 2005: (June) Review of “The Īśvarapratyabhijñākārikā of Utpaladeva with the author's vṛtti: Critical edition and Annotated translation” (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, pp. 272, 2002) by Raffaele Torella published in the Prabuddha Bharata, Kolkatta

Op-ed:

  1. The one nation, one language fallacy, The Indian Express, April 30, 2022
  2. Scholars, not Guardians, The Indian Express, June 8, 2018.
Conferences: 

 Invited Lectures/Talks:

  1. 2022: 7 October, Naples: Abhinavagupta’s Meta-hermeneutics of Re-lish-ing, Re-flect-ing, Re-cognis-ing, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
  2. 2022: 23 July, Calicut: How catholic is Abhinavagupta?, University of Calicut (presented online)
  3. 2022: 10 June, Kalady: Moving from Medieval Abhinavagupta to Modern Abhinavagupta, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (SSUS) (presented online)
  4. 2021: 11 December, Tübingen: Thinking Soteriologically Through Nation - A Case of Amṛtavāgbhava (1903-1982 CE) in the 'Workshop on Contemporary Indian Philosophy' organised by University of Tübingen (Theme Title: Freedom from Others or Freedom with Others? Alienation, Independence and Liberation in Contemporary Indian Philosophy) (presented online)
  5.  2021: 10 October, Kalady: Why is inertness (jaḍatva) characterized by Limited Luminosity (paricchinna-prakāśatva)? In the Pandit Subbaram Pattar Endowment National Conference on New Horizons of Indological Research organised by Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (SSUS) (presented online)
  6.  2021: 11-13 March, Surat: Prakasharam Kurygami’s Kashmiri Spiritual World, ICPR National Seminar on "Innovative Spirituality" organised by Holistic Science Research Center, Surat (presented online)
  7.  2021: 28 January, Kalady: Thinking Creativity Through Thought and Expression in Global Forum for Young Philosophers, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (SSUS) (presented online)
  8.  2021: 8 January, Bangalore: Is there a Philosophy of ‘Joy-full-ness’? Abhinavagupta's Reply, Colloquium, Azim Premji University (presented online)
  9.  2020: 26 August, Mumbai: Abhinavagupta's Philosophical Hermeneutics of 'Reflection', Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay (presented online)
  10.  2020: 14 May and 18 June, Venice: Contemplation, Reflective Awareness and Imagination in non-dual Śaivism and Aesthetics of Śaiva Yoga, In Yogakathana: Unheard discourses on Yoga from international scholarly voices. Sponsored by ‘Master in Yoga Studies’, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy) (both lectures presented online)
  11.  2020: 27 February, Calicut: Who made the Pot? The Potter or the Śiva? From the Duality of Sāṃkhya to the non-duality of Śaivādvaitavāda, In the prestigious Annual Lecture Series of the Department of Sanskrit, University of Calicut
  12.  2019: 11 July, Kalady: What is ‘Indian’ About Indian Philosophy? In the Pandit Subbaram Pattar Endowment National Conference on New Horizons of Indological Research organised by Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit (SSUS)
  13.  2019: 15 April, Shivamogga: Construction of Knowledge in the Indian Philosophical Traditions, ‘Manasa’ Centre for Cultural Studies, Manasa Trust, Shivamogga, Karnataka
  14.  2019: 25-27 February, Baroda: Is there a ‘South Asian Poetics’?, A National Seminar on The Literary Across Cultures: Cultural Poetics of Bhasha Literatures in Theory and Practice organised by Centre for Contemporary Theory, Baroda
  15.  2019: 4-7 February, Kalady: Is there a Śaiva Theory of Festivity? Abhinavagupta’s Reply in the “Four Day International Seminar on Festivals of India: Gleanings from Literature, Ritual and Traditions” organised by Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
  16.  2018: 9 April, Kalady: Ontology of Reflection According to Abhinavagupta, Prof. S. Venkatakrishnan Annual Memorial Lecture, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kerala.
  17.  2018: 25 March, Heggodu: A lecture in the ‘Workshop on the Uttararāmacarita of Bhavabhuti’, Neelakanteshwara Natya Seva Sangha (NINASAM), Heggodu, Sagar, Shimoga, Karnataka
  18.  2017: 27 December, Pune: Abhinavagupta on Reflection, International Seminar on the Millennium of Abhinavagupta: His Contribution to World Thought, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune
  19.  2017: 12 May, New Delhi: Tantric Implications of Abhinavagupta’s Rasa Theory, Organised by The Abhyas Trust in the India International Centre, New Delhi
  20.  2017: 30 April, Heggodu: Guest Lecture on Abhinavagupta and his Śaiva and Aesthetic Tradition, Neelakanteshwara Natya Seva Sangha (NINASAM), Heggodu, Sagar, Shimoga, Karnataka
  21.  2015: 16 July, Manipal: The Śaiva Philosophy of Kashmir, Indian Philosophy Summer School, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University
  22.  2015: 17 July, Manipal: Textual Criticism in Indian Philosophy, Indian Philosophy Summer School, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University
  23.  2014: 15 May, Naples: Reviewing the Minority-Majority Debate in Jammu and Kashmir, DAAM & DISUS, Dottorato di Ricerca AOM e CSB, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
  24.  2013: 8-10 June, Leipzig: Can a Reflected Image Exist Separately Outside the Mirror ? An Exploration into Abhinavagupta’s Theory of Reflection, Around Abhinavagupta: Aspects of Intellectual History of Kashmir, 9th-11th century, Universität Leipzig
  25.  2013: 8 May, Naples: Approaching the 'Kashmir Problem' : A Reflection into the History of Political Turmoil in South Asia, Dottorato di Ricerca AOM, Centro di Studi sul Buddhismo, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
  26.  2012: 17 August, Bangalore: Reproaching the Textual Tradition of Abhinavagupta’s Trika Śaivism, Karnataka Sanskrit University

 Conferences and Other Presentations:

  1.  2023: 10-14 January, Canberra: Self-cognition with or without prior injunction ([a]vidhipūrvakam)? Abhinavagupta’s Reply (Special Panel: Historicising Mīmāṃsā Commitments), in The 18th World Sanskrit Conference organised by International Association of Sanskrit Studies and held at The Australian National University, Australia
  2.  2023: 10-14 January, Canberra: Svātantryadīpikā of Manasaram Monga, in The 18th World Sanskrit Conference organised by International Association of Sanskrit Studies and held at The Australian National University, Australia
  3.  2018: 9-13 July, Vancouver: ‘Reflection’ as Goddess in Abhinavagupta, in The 17th World Sanskrit Conference organised by International Association of Sanskrit Studies and held at The University of British Columbia, Canada
  4.  2015: 13 February, Montréal: Can a Tainted Mirror Reflect an Image? An Appraisal of Abhinavagupta's Theory of Reflection, Doctoral Colloquium, Université Concordia-Montréal
  5.  2014: 22–24 May, Rome: What is Local and Universal about Kashmiri Islam, in the panel ‘Untying the Knot: Tracing local elements within cultural phenomena in South Asia’. Coffee Break Conference 5: Space, Culture, Language and Politics in South Asia: common patterns and local distinctions, Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
  6.  2013: 23-27 September, Münster: Is This Universe a Reflected Image in Consciousness ? An Analysis of Abhinavagupta’s Theory of Reflection, The 32nd Deutscher Orientalistentag (German Oriental Studies Conference), organized by Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (German Society for Oriental Studies), Universität Münster
  7.  2013: 4-7 September, Turin: Jeopardizing Gender: Role of Sexuality in Hindu Nationalism, The Study of South Asia: between Antiquity and Modernity: Parallels and Comparisons. Coffee Break Conference - 4, Università degli Studi di Torino
  8.  2011: 8 April, Montréal: Escalating and De-escalating Tensions in Hindu-Muslim Marriage in India, Université Concordia-Montréal
  9.  2010: 10 December, Montréal: A Reflection on Some Transformational Encounters Between the Śaiva and the Buddhist Philosophers of Kashmir, L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

 Recorded Online Talks:

 2019: SynTalk (short for Synthesis Talk), Mumbai. Title: #TROC (The Reconstruction Of Colour) https://syntalk.wordpress.com/episodes/turn-six/troc/ (November 23)

 Participation in Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops:

  1. 2022: 30 September-2 October, Procida, (Italy): The Annual Conference and Assembly of the Members of the Associazione Italiana di Studi Sanscriti (AISS), Università di Napoli “L’Orientale” (invited)
  2. 2020: 27 January - 7 February, Pondicherry: The Śivadharma Project Pondicherry Workshop organised by Ecole française d'Extrême Orient (EFEO), Pondicherry and Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale”
  3.  2019: 3-5 October, Turin: The Annual Conference and Assembly of the Members of the Associazione Italiana di Studi Sanscriti (AISS), Italy (invited)
  4.  2019: 30 September - 1 October, Naples: European Research Council-Starting Grant Project “SHIVADHARMA” lead Śivadharma Project kick-off workshop (invited as an expert)
  5.  2018: 4-8 March, New Delhi: Workshop on Dhvani Theory, The Abhyas Trust, Indian International Centre, New Delhi (organised)
  6.  2018: 15-28 February, Lucknow: ICPR Workshop on Trika Philosophy of Kashmir, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Academic Centre-Lucknow (participated)
  7.  2016: 15 September, Montréal: 3rd Global Conference on World Religions After September 11, Palais Des Congrés de Montréal (invited as a special participant)
  8.  2014: 20 March, Rome: Round Table on Indology in Italy, Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale ‘Giuseppe Tucci’ (MNAO) and Embassy of India in Rome (invited)
  9.  2013: 8-11 September, Procida, (Italy): Manuscripta Buddhica 3, jointly organised by the Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale” and Universität Hamburg (invited)
  10.  2013: 2-7 September, Procida, (Italy): When Buddhists Argue Against a Hindu God - New Approaches to Dialogical Logic in Interdisciplinary Perspective, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale” and Universität Heidelberg (invited)
  11.  2013: 14-15 March, Rome: The Human Person and Nature in Classical and Modern India - International Conference - Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
  12.  2012: 21-22 December, Rome: Quotations and re-use of Texts in Sanskrit Texts at University of Rome "La Sapienza"
  13.  2012: 1-6 October, Procida, (Italy): Vedica Neapolitana - A Workshop on Vedic and Indo-Iranian Languages, organised by the Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale”
  14.  2010: 15-23 July, Hamburg: Third International Workshop on Early Tantra, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg
  15.  2009: 20-31 July, Pondicherry: Second International Workshop on Early Tantra, Ecole française d'Extrême Orient
  16.  2008: 31 January - 2 February, Varanasi: Vākyapadīya and Indian Philosophy of Languages, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
  17.  2007: 16-28 July, Pondicherry: Fourth International Intensive Sanskrit Summer Retreat (FIISSR), Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
  18.  2006: 5-16, March, Varanasi: Fourth International Workshop on Kashmir Śaivism at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi organised by the Trika Inter-religious Trust
  19.  2005: 1-8, February, Varanasi: Third International Workshop on Kashmir Śaivism, Trika Inter-religious Trust
  20.  2003: 1-15, September, Pune: A 15 Day Workshop on Indian Grammatical Traditions, Centre for Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune and Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore
  21.  2003: Varanasi: International Seminar on Kashmir Śaivism, Banaras Hindu University
  22.  2003: 17 February - 1 March, Varanasi: First International Workshop on Kashmir Śaivism, Trika Inter-religious Trust
  23.  2000: 26-28, December, Delhi: National Seminar on Ancient Indian Sciences, Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology
Responsibilities: 

(Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay)

  • 2021: Seminar Coordinator, HSS
  • 2021: Member, MPhil Committee, HSS

(Manipal University)

  • 2020-21: Member, Sub-committee for the implementation of NEP 2020 in Manipal University
  • 2019-21: Recognised PhD supervisor for ‘Classical Indian Philosophy and Literature’ in Manipal University
  • 2019-21: Member, PhD. Protocol Approval Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences, Manipal University
  • 2015-21: PhD. Coordinator (Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities)
  • 2015-21: Academic-Evaluation Coordinator (Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities)
  • 2015-16: IT Coordinator (Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities)
  • 2018-19: Library Coordinator (Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities)
Projects: 
  • 2021-2024: An improved edition and revised translation of the Śivasūtravimarśinī of Kṣemarāja with Ben Williams (Naropa University, USA) (Research project under Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, USA)
  • 2021-2024: Research project on A Critical Study of Abhinavagupta’s Philosophical Texts funded by IRCC, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) under SEED Grant
  • 2022*: The Light of Freedom - Minor Śaiva Texts From Kashmir (eds. & trans.) with Francesco Sferra, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale" Series Minor, Napoli, Italia
  • 2022*: An edition of a Kashmiri Translation of the Don Quixote of Miguel de Cervantes (chapters 1.45, 1.46, 1.50, 2.6, 2.12) (edited from a single manuscript preserved in Houghton Library, Harvard University) (to be published in the Marburg-Pune Indological Series) (Project funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) (forthcoming)
  • 2023*: The Svātantryadīpikā, an unpublished text of the Trika Śaivism of Kashmir by Mansārām Mongā, Critically Edited Text, Translation, Notes, and Annotations
  • 2016-2021: Section-editor of Logic in Kashmir Śaivism in Springer Handbook of Logical Thought in India, Ed. Sundar Sarukkai, Springer India
  • 2013-2023: Member of the “Fundamentals for Scientific Research at the University, Critical Edition and Study of Unpublished Saivite and Buddhist Texts in Sanskrit” headed by Professor Francesco Sferra, Chair and Professor of Sanskrit, Department of Asian, African, Mediterranean Studies, Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale", Naples, Italy
  • 2004-2007: Editor & Project Manager for the Volume on the Grammatical Traditions of Kashmir under the auspices of The Harbhatta Shastri Indological Research Institute, Jammu & Kashmir 
Awards: 
  • 2021: Young Faculty Award, IIT-Bombay (2021-2024)
  • 2018: Travel Grant for World Sanskrit Conference 2018 by Indic Academy Hyderabad
  • 2014: Short Term Research Fellowship (Stage de recherche Québec-Inde) under Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students 2014-2015, Ministere de l'Education, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), Fonds de la recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies, Gouvernement du Québec
  • 2013: Université Concordia-Montréal Conference and Exposition Award
  • 2012: Graduate Award by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MELS) (Gouvernement du Québec)
  • 2010: Graduate Mobility Bursary by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MELS) (Gouvernement du Québec)
  • 2009: Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust (Bombay) Fellowship
  • 2009: Doctoral Fellowship by the Department of Religion, Université Concordia-Montréal
  • 2009: Paul Foundation (Calcutta) Graduate Scholarship
  • 2009: Université Concordia-Montréal International Tuition Fee Remission Award
  • 2007: Ashvatta Narayan Scholarship, OCHS, University of Oxford
  • 2006: Smt Kamlarani Ramkishore Scholarship, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • 2006: St Stephen’s College Centenary Fund Scholarship
  • 2006: Kishan Pershad Memorial Prize, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • 2006: Asha Chatterjee Prize, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • 2005: Ranvira Juneja Scholarship, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • 2003: Swami Vivekananda Chicago Lecture’s Centenary Prize, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • 2003: Sanwa Bank Scholarship (Japan) in collaboration with St Stephen’s College, Delhi
Memberships: 
  • Life Member, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, India
  • Member, International Association of Sanskrit Studies
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