Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Launch - Dr S L Bhyrappa's Avarana Translated into English by Sandeep Balakrishna - 5 Apr 2014


An initiative under the aegis of
Centre for Educational and Social Studies (CESS) organizes

Bangalore Launch of Sandeep Balakrishnan's English Translation of Dr S L Bhyrappa's


  Avarana - The Veil

The event will be followed by a talk by Shri Atul Kothari on


Challenging The Leftist Distortion of History

Dignitaries to be present are
Dr S L Bhyrappa,
Writer, Scholar


Shatavadhani Dr R Ganesh,

Writer, Scholar

The event will be presided over by

Shri P V Krishna Bhatta,

Member of Legislative Council, Karnataka
and President, CESS

Date: 5 Apr 2014
Time: 3:30PM

(Please be on time as mark of respect to fellow attendees)

Venue: Jnana Jyothi Auditorium,
Central College Campus, Palace Road,
Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore

Directions to the venue from Corporation Circle on Google Maps:

This event will be webcast Live on Jijnasa Youtube Channel.

Speaker Profiles:

Sandeep Balakrishna

Sandeep Balakrishna has been an information technology professional for over 15 years. He is a regular columnist and commentator in mainstream dailies including the Pioneer, Kannada Prabha and on various online media like SIFY, Centre Right India and Firstpost. He has authored Tipu Sultan: the Tyrant of Mysore. The translation of Aavarana is his second book. He is also the CEO of IndiaFacts, an online commentary and fact check initiative to restore balance in public discourse.

Dr S L Bhyrappa

Dr. SL Bhyrappa is widely regarded as the greatest living novelist in Kannada. His literary career spans over 50 years in which period he has authored 22 novels, all of which have been translated into all Indian languages including Urdu. His works have run into numerous reprints, and continue to command a large audience. Dr. Bhyrappa's entire body of work has been the subject of numerous scholarly studies as well as heated public debates. His Daatu won the Sahitya Akademi award while his Mandra won him the prestigious Saraswati Samman. He lives in Mysore.

Atul Kothari

Shri Atul Kothari is the National Co-Convener of the Siksha Bachao Andolan (SBA), an initiative focussed on removing distortions from books taught to school children. SBA  is made up of volunteers: teachers, intellectuals, parents, essentially anyone devoted to a particular ideal of a culturally appropriate education, as prescribed by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). SBA recently made news because Penguin Book India chose to settle a civil suit filed by Shri Dinanath Batra, chief patron of SBA, in 2011 against the publisher and the American academic Wendy Doniger.


About Jijnasa:


The literal meaning of the word Jijnasa in Sanskrit is Inquiry. Jijnasa is a platform under the aegis of CESS, which is an effort to promote the quest for knowledge.
It is hard to obtain the company of the noble.
It is easy to obtain the company of the ignoble.
Pebbles are available in plenty; but it is hard to obtain the precious diamond.

India is not just a nation state but a civilization state. A civilization that prides itself for the spirit of inquiry, and is not based on a contrived belief system or historicity. A civilization that is firmly rooted in Dharma. A civilization that has much to offer and inspire the world.

However, our ignorance about ourselves is profound. It is therefore Jijnasa’s desire to invoke the spirit of inquiry, which can set people on the journey of self discovery. Its aim is to provoke and equip people to see things beyond the limited mainstream discourse on issues of national importance and seek solutions to contemporary issues facing the country.

It is important to understand ourselves before we can understand the issues around us. Enlightened individuals make for an assertive society, which has the womb to carry traditions along with modernity. Jijnasa’s attempt is to make fellow travelers discover the heterogeneity of the Indian traditions yet the cohesiveness that has stood us in good stead for several thousand years. At the core of Jijnasa, is the desire to build an innate ability to see the world from an exalted position, which is so essential for a country aspiring to play center stage in world affairs.

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