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"Extraterrestrial Influence on Climate Change" by Saumitra Mukherjee, School of Environmental Sciences, Series: Springer Brief in Environmental Sciences

"Aalochana ka Jantantra", by Devendra Choubey, Andhar Prakashan, Panchukula, 2011. CIL, SLL&CS

"Hashiye Ka Vritant (Stri, Dalit aur Aadiwasi Samaj ka Vaikalpik Itihas)", by Deepak Kumar and Devendra Choubey, Andhar Prakashan, Panchkula, CIL, SLL&CS

"Unfolding Crisis in Assam's Tea Plantations: Employment and Occupational Mobility" by Deepak K. Mishra, CSRD, Vandana Upadhyay and Atul Sarma, SSS. Routledge (India), New Delhi & London 2012

"Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India" Edited by V. Sujatha, CSSS, and Leena Abraham, Centre for Studies in the Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.

Book Release

Prachin Yunan: Itihas Aur Sanskriti, by Professor Udai Prakash Arora

The book Prachin Yunan: Itihas Aur Sanskriti authored by Professor Udai Prakash Arora was released by Eminent Indologist Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan. Prof. S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, JNU, New Delhi presided over the function. Mr. Konstatinos Moastos, Charge d'affairs, Greek Embassy, New Delhi and Prof. S.P. Gautam, Vice Chancellor, M.J.P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly were Guests of Honour. Mr. Mangalesh Dabral, Eminent Hindi litterateur was also present.

Welcoming the eminent scholars, guests and students present, Prof. Shankar Basu, former Dean, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, expressed happiness on the release of book and congratulated the author for his remarkable academic work in the field of Greek Studies.

Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, chief guest, praised the efforts of the author to present an unbiased study of the two representative cultures of East and West and to handle senstivities involved in such a work with great craft. She emphasized the importance of Greek Studies to the Indian scholarship as studies not only in the field of Humanities and Social-Sciences but also analysis of our own Indian culture can not be well comprehended without sound knowledge of Classical Greek Studies. She also expressed the need to strenghen the faculty of Greek Studies in Indian Universities.

Introducing the book, which contains 26 chapters, 492 pages, 38 pictures and 12 maps, Dr. Ranjit Saha, Centre of Indian Languages, SLL&CS, JNU recommended the present work as an indispensable source to know about history and culture of ancient Greece for the readers in Hindi. He drew our attention towards detailed and indepth study made by the author on almost every aspect of ancient Greek life including socio-economic structure, religious beliefs, philosophy, science, language and literature, art and architecture, rise of Macedonia and Hellenistic world. In concluding three chapters of the book, Dr. Saha found an excellent analysis of Greek mind by the author. The last chapter is one of most informative chapters ever written on cultural relationship of ancient India and Greece. Dr. Saha congratulated the author and publisher both for their valuable contribution to the Greek studies in Hindi language.

Mr. Konstantinos Moastos, Charge d'affairs, Greek Embassy, New Delhi shared his views stating that Greece and India had a common vision for a diversified yet complementary thought process for the betterment of human life. Interaction between Indian and Greek culture has enriched philosophy, science and arts since antiquity. He expressed happiness over the work done by Prof. Arora as Greek Chair Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and wished that more studies and exchange programmes will take place between India and Greece under the aegis of JNU, New Delhi.

Prof. Satya Pal Gautam, Vice Chancellor, M.J.P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, also congratulated the author for this presentation of knowledge on Greek culture with comparative outlook. He said that he was amazed as a reader of the book to go through the critical analysis produced by Prof. Arora on various schools of philosophy in ancient Greece. The historical background of origin of an idea and its development to a philosophical thought has been explained with not much complex explanations of events and facts, and this is a real treat to a student of philosophy.

Mr. Manglesh Dabral, Eminent Hindi litterateur opined that this book was not only a book on history and culture of ancient Greece but it was much more than that. It was a book of wisdom. Qouting some paragraphs from the book, he explained how the book is capable to quench the literary thirst of a common reader. He mentioned the non-availabilty of authentic books on classical knowledge in Hindi and hoped that Prof. Arora's book will be an asset for those Hindi readers who search for authentic information on classical subjects.

Prof. S.K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University said in his Presidential address that he was proud of having such a publication from his valued colleague. In the light of views expressed by the eminent speakers in the function, he announced to extend his support and take all necessary steps to further strenghten the faculty of Greek Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University and congratulated the author for all his efforts and contribution for the same in JNU.

The author, Prof. Udai Prakash Arora said that he was grateful to all his colleagues at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU for their support and academic advise. He furher elaborated that Greek culture was more exposed to the East and not to the West. With India on eastern and Greece on western end, there developed in ancient world a cultural belt, which we may define as 'Oriental continuum'. Europe had appropriated Greece culture. It declared something its own which does not belong to it. It was Ionia in Asia Minor, Alexandria in Egypt and Bactria in Central Asia where Greek culture flourished.

Dr. Devendra Kumar Chaubey, Centre of Indian Languages, SLL&CS, JNU conducted the programme.

Anil Kumar Singh
Guest Faculty, Greek Studies, SLL&CS



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