- Dr. Vasundhara Mohan
When we talk about secularism in India, the concern is always mainly political; the nature of relationship between state and religion, interrelationship between different communities, and interdependence of secularism and democracy. A common bond connecting these three issues is the quest for religious harmony, which is identified with secularism.
The span of life for a human being is normally a period of about hundred years. Death is caused by old age and incurable sickness. Also due to natural disasters such as thunder, lightning, earthquake and even accidents.
These are all, in a way unavoidable. But should men get into avoidable deaths under circumstances that are tragic and pitiful? Deaths due to superstitions, rituals, ceremonies and foolish beliefs continue to occur even in these days of rational thinking and scientific advancement.
- Shaikh Mujibur Rehman
If a scholar’s objective is to be immortal in footnotes, then Romila Thapar has accomplished it decades ago. She is not just a prominent South Asian historian, but a historian of historians.
This book is a compilation of essays, some were published in journals, some as chapters in edited books, and others were delivered as lectures as was the case with the latest in the volume titled, Ashoka – that was delivered as a key note address at a conference on Ashoka and the Making of Modern India in 2009.
Text of the address by Shri K. Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra at the presentation of K. Veeramani Award for Social Justice at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sayani Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai on Saturday, the 11th January 2014.
Hon’ble Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister for Public Works and Tourism, my esteemed friend Dr. K. Veeramani, President of Dravidar Kazhagam, Dr Illangovan, Dr. P. Anbalagan, members of the Periyar International, sisters and brothers…
I am indeed delighted to have been asked to present the Dr K. Veeramani Award for Social Justice’ to Hon’ble Minister for Public Works and Tourism Shri Chhangan Bhujbal.