Prof U R Ananthamurthy, (1932-2014)

The entire Ghadar Jari Hai team expresses its heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Prof U R Ananthamurthy, on Aug 22, 2014 at Bangalore. He was one of our Editorial Advisors and a well-known writer, social commentator and defender of Human Rights and justice.

The entire Ghadar Jari Hai team expresses its heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Prof U R Ananthamurthy, on Aug 22, 2014 at Bangalore. He was one of our Editorial Advisors and a well-known writer, social commentator and defender of Human Rights and justice.

Prof Ananthamurthy was prolific in his writings in Kannada and was honoured with many awards including the prestigious Bharatiya Gyanpeeth Award, Nadoja Prashasti and others.

Besides his family and friends he leaves behind many students he taught and many admirers of his thought provoking writings.

Besides his contributions to literature and education he was also known as able administrator and was Chairman of National Book Trust, President of Sahitya Akademi etc.

Prof Ananthamurthy was a quintessential democrat and celebrated diversity in India in cultures, belief systems and opinions. He firmly believed especially in his later years that the weight of Eurocentrism has to be lifted from Indian intelligentsia for its genius to shine forth.

When we approached him with the idea of starting a magazine like Ghadar Jari Hai to take a fresh look at our history and traditions away from the jaundiced Eurocentric perspective and evaluate objectively what is valuable from our past for the present and future of India, Prof Ananthamurthy was fully supportive of the effort and wrote a very encouraging letter to us, which has been reproduced below.

He took firm stands whenever anyone’s right to conscience was sought to be suppressed by powers that be.
We and many others all over India will miss him.

Editorial team, Ghadar Jari Hai
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Reproduced below Prof U R Ananthamurthy’s letter to Ghadar Jari Hai, Vol 1, Issue 2, 2007

"Dear Editor,
Reading you on our past and future in Ghadar Jari Hai, I was happy that there is someone at least who thinks in these days of thoughtless changes that it is necessary to pause and reflect. Renewal of a people of an ancient nation like ours lies neither in rejecting the past, nor in reviving the past, nor in entirely manipulating our future as we desire it in our immediate greed. T S Eliot has these lines in support of the need I speak of:

‘Time present and Time past
Are perhaps present in Time future
And Time future contained in Time past’.
These lines also conclude on a philosophical sense of resignation and acceptance of human predicament in Time.
‘If all Time is eternally present
Then all Time is unredeemable’
The last line is profoundly Indian in spirit and not European- a civilization that seems to believe that the earth is a cornucopia and therefore eternal material progress is possible.
Our journey which was renewed in 1857 for self rule has received a good description in the journal.

Warmly
U.R.Ananthamurthy
Bangalore"

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