From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Nigrahasthāna literally means a ground of defeat in a debate.

The two primary grounds of defeat in debate are:

  1. Misunderstanding or wrong understanding
  2. Want of understanding

If any party in a debate fails to understand or misunderstands his own or the other party’s statement and its implication, he is brought to the point at which he has to admit defeat. Shifting of the original proposition or the use of fallacious arguments can lead to defeat.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore