Re[2]: Some more on the Directory of Hindi Scholars and GOI

Rao Veluri (rveluri@smtpgate.anl.gov)
Thu, 17 Apr 97 10:15:00 CST


     


Sri Bapa Rao  (4/16/97 6:56 PM) writes:
 

     
"---What the government is doing is ridiculous and stupid. I think the
 matter should be given the widest possible publicity. If possible, 
 Mr. Chandrababu Naidu should be asked why a government of which he is
 a supporter is to be allowed to behave in this crass manner. I'll be    
 glad to sign my name to a protest if it will help. If there are other  
 ways in which you think I may help, please let me know.
     
 Since the Deccan Chronicle is on the web, it is a simple matter to  
 send a copy of your correspondence to their editorial staff as a 
 beginning.---"


 I have already sent the following letter to The Hindu and The Deccan
 Chronicle. I do not hold any copyright to my protest letter. If you agree, 
 please tag your signature and send it again! Or, feel free to correct,
 edit, polish  and change my letter and mail it. 
 
 You can tag my name to it too!

 Thanks and Regards.

__________________________________________________________________________



     Letter to The Editor : For favor of Publication
     
     
     V. R. Veluri
     6903 Sweetbriar Lane
     Darien Illinois 60561
     
     Tel:630.271.1065(H)
     Tel:630.252.4252(W)
     
     The Editor
     
     
     April 15, 1997
     
     
     Dear Editor:
     
     An official letter signed by Hon. Shiv S. Mukherjee, Minister (Press) 
     of the Embassy of India, Washington, D.C., has been circulated to 
     scholars in South Asian Studies living in the USA. The letter opens as 
     follows: 
     
     "India celebrates this year as the 50th anniversary of our 
     independence. The Government and people of India are planning a number 
     of cultural activities to celebrate this occasion. The Indian Council 
     for Cultural Relations(ICCR) is considering to bring out a Directory 
     of Hindi Professors, Scholars, and Writers living overseas. As you 
     would agree it will be an invaluable tool in bringing together people, 
     such as yourself, who are involved in this scholarly pursuit. The 
     planned directory is expected to include brief personal background, 
     photograph, educational qualifications, position(s)held, published 
     works, awards and honors received."
     
     The letter further adds: " I understand that though your area of 
     interest lies in South Asia, your scholarly activities may not be 
     focused on Hindi. In that case, I would appreciate if you could kindly 
     pass this information to your colleagues who specialize in this area."
     
     We do not understand why scholars from one language are singled out for 
     this honor to be bestowed upon at the expense of the tax payer and 
     belittling numerous scholars involved with other national languages of 
     India. If this venture is sponsored by a private organization involved 
     with the promotion, propaganda and publicity of Hindi, then there is 
     absolutely no problem. But if the GOI which is supposed to protect and 
     treat all national languages on same par, regrettably takes the lead 
     in orchestrating and perpetrating parochial notions, then one has no 
     recourse but to vehemently protest, strongly condemn this callous 
     action by the Government of India.
     
     The message in the GOI letter is rather clear: that one language group 
     is more equal than the others. This attitude is quite damaging to the 
     very notion that India is a nation concerned for the united coperation 
     India's linguistic, cultural, and literary groups. 
     
     It is deplorable to see the Government of India blatantly aiding and 
     abetting linguistic discrimination by indirectly claiming and 
     proclaiming that one language group to carry the banner of the entire 
     nation. Such an irresponsible act of chauvinism by the GOI leaves us no 
     choice but to publicize in the media, electronic and otherwise, and 
     discourage participation by all scholars irrespective of their 
     expertise and language affiliation.
     
     Yours Sincerely,
     
     
     V. R. Veluri
     
    _______________________________________________________________________
 


 
     
     
> 
>      
>      
>      Several friends asked me if I have seen a copy of the letter from the 
>      Embassy of India that referred to the publication of the Directory of 
>      Hindi Scholars living overseas. 
>      
>      The answer is Yes. I have a copy of the letter. 
>      
>      I am posting the copy and my e:mail reply to the Embassy of India. 
>      This is in addition to the letter I posted on TELUSA and SCIT  
>      yesterday which I have faxed to the Embassy of India. I have also 
>      mailed copies to the Prime Minister Hon. Deve Gouda and the Chief 
>      Minister of AP, Hon. Chandrababu Naidu.
>      
>      Some of you might conclude that I am nuts; may be I am!
>      ___________________________________________________________________ 
>      
>      _______________                            ________________ 
>      
>      MINISTER (PRESS)           LOGO            EMBASSY OF INDIA 
>      
>      Telephone:(202) 939-7041             2107 Massachussets Avenue, N.W. 
>      Fax.(202)462-7276                          Washington, D.C. 20008
>      
>                                                 
>                                                 March 27, 1997 
>      
>      
>      Dear _____________________(name deleted)        
>      
>      
>      India celebrates this year as the 50th anniversary of our 
>      independence. The Government and people of India are planning a number 
>      of cultural activities to celebrate this occasion. The Indian Council 
>      for Cultural Relations(ICCR) is considering to bring out a Directory 
>      of Hindi Professors, Scholars and Writers living overseas. As you 
>      would agree it will be an invaluable tool in bringing together people, 
>      such as yourself, who are involved in this scholarly pursuit. The 
>      planned directory is expected to include brief personal background, 
>      photograph, educational qualifications, position(s) held, published 
>      works, awards and honors received.
>      
>      The main purpose of this letter is to collect above information from 
>      the Hindi Scholars living in the United States. I understand that 
>      though your area of interest lies in South Asia, your scholarly 
>      activities may not be focused on Hindi. In that case, I would 
>      appreciate if you could kindly pass this information to your 
>      colleagues who specialize in this area.
>      
>      I thank you very much for your time and if you need further 
>      information, please feel free to call me or Suresh Ramal at 
>      202/939-7043 or email: research@indiagov.org.
>      
>      Sincerely,
>      
>      (sd) Shiv S. Mukherjee
>      
>      ____________________________________________________________________ 
>      
>      Here is my email to Hon. Mukherjee and Hon. Suresh Ramal: 
>      
>      
>      Hon. Shiv S. Mukherjee
>      Hon. Suresh Ramal
>      Embassy of India
>      2107 Massachusetts Avenue
>      Washington, D.C. 20008
>      
>      April 10, 1997
>      
>      It has come to my attention that on the occassion of the 50th 
>      anniversary of India's independence, the Indian Council for Cultural 
>      Relations (ICCR) funded by the Government of India is planning to 
>      bring out a Directory of Hindi Scholars living overseas.   
>      
>      I do not understand why scholars from one language are singled out 
>      for this honor at the expense of numerous scholars involved with  
>      other Indian languages. Now, if this venture is sponsored by
>      a private outfit, then we have no qualms. But, if the Government 
>      of India which is supposed to protect and 'treat' all national 
>      languages on same par, regrettably takes the lead in orchestrating and 
>      perpetrating petty parochial notions, then one has no recourse but to 
>      protest, strongly condemn this action and discourage participation by 
>      all scholars living overseas, irrespective of their expertise and 
>      language  affiliations.  
>      
>      You leave us no choice but to publicize in the media available to us, 
>      electronic and otherwise this blatant discrimination and linguistic 
>      chauvinism aided and abetted by the Government of India. 
>      
>      
>      Yours Sincerely,
>      
>      
>      V. Rao Veluri
> 
>      ____________________________________________________________________ 
>      
>      regards.
>      
>      venkateswara rao veluri
> 
> 
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