Bimal Krishna Matilal (1935-1991) is the only Indian philosopher
who has captivated my interest. I got to know about him through an interview
printed in Desh,
the bengali literary magazine (issue of May 31, 1986). Here is
a scanned pdf copy of the interview:
"Ek Naiyayik-er Nyay-Vishya (The Logical Universe of a Logician)"
by Shubharanjan Dasgupta.
Shortly after that,
in 1987, I attended a lecture on moral dilemmas that he gave in R K Mission
Institute of Culture at Calcutta. To tell the truth, I was a bit disappointed
but I didn't know that he was dying of cancer. Later, as I started reading
his books, I have developed an enormous admiration - especially his
attempts at bridging the great divide between western and Indian philosophy.