New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) The Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) will host author, diplomat and former MP Pavan Varma as well as MP and author Shashi Tharoor on August 10.
The session on âKLF Bhava Samvadâ will see the launch of Pavan Varma’s book âThe Great Hindu Civilizationâ, followed by a discussion.
The book insists that a great Hindu civilization has existed and continues to exist. It is marked by great antiquity, substantial – if not unprecedented – refinements, daring thought and achievements in both the spiritual and secular fields.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s spotless, and objectivity demands that imperfections too must be taken into account. This also does not mean that it evolved in an island silo or untouched by outside influences. On the contrary. And yet, this intermingling has not diluted or erased its essential identity as a verifiable civilization.
Unlike many other great civilizations of the past, the Hindu civilization did not become a historical relic, an antiquarian of the past, but has survived as an unbroken continuum until the present.
The introduction says: “It is important to know more about this civilization, especially for the Hindus themselves. Civilization faces a rather unfortunate paradox. On the one hand, it stands out for its resilience and continuity. , and its fallout in all aspects of a Hindu’s life and, on the other hand, Hindus themselves show little curiosity or interest in knowing more about it.
This indifference is a matter of concern, not least because, while Hindus do not know their own civilizational heritage, their authenticity as Hindus – based on knowledge – is stunted and reduced to ritual symbolism. “
Varma is the author of several bestselling books including “The Great Indian Middle Class”, “Being Indian”, “Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker” and “The Greatest Ode to Lord Ram: Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas”.
He was deputy of the Rajya Sabha between 2014 and 2016. Previously, he was advisor to the chief minister of Bihar, with the rank of cabinet minister. He has also served as Indian Ambassador to several countries, including Bhutan, in addition to being Director of the Nehru Center in London, official spokesperson for the MEA and press secretary to the President of India.
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