Murty Classical Library of India launched in London
Rani Singh On Friday 27th February the High Commissioner of India, H.E. Mr Ranjan Mathai, hosted the London launch of the Murty Classical Library of India. It was founded by Rohan Narayana Murthy and is published by Harvard University Press. The mission of the Murty Classical Library of India is to present the greatest literary works of India from the past two millennia to the largest readership in the world. The series aims to reintroduce these works to a new generation. The High Commissioner chaired a panel that was in conversation with the audience. On the panel were Rohan Murthy and his editor Professor Sheldon Pollock from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford. Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, also answered questions. During the conversation, it was suggested that much of Indian learning could be more open and more imaginative rather than the narrow rotelearning model set by Lord Macaulay, still used today. The distinguished audience included academics and journalists, and the Deputy High Commissioner, Dr Virander Paul was present. Dr Richard Blurton, former Head of the India Section at the British Library and Dr
14 Year old girl agonised by drunken plane passenger
Manjit Singh Sidhu (38)
Manjit Singh Sidhu (38) from Leicester was convicted by a jury in a London court of sexual touching and has been jailed for four months. On a Jet Airways flight from New Delhi to London, Sidhu was under the influence of alcohol and started to pester a 14 year old schoolgirl who was sitting in the seat behind him. Sidhu came and sat beside her and started to touch her and said he wanted to have sex with her. He also spoke about prostitutes, drugs and Bangkok's red-light district. The 14 year old also
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Cllr David Perry Leader of Harrow Council
Both positives and negatives in this year’s Council Budget
London launch of inaugural five volumes of Indian classics by Murty Classical Library of India (MCLI) at High Commission of India took place on 27 Feb; seen from L-R are General Editor, MCLI, Prof Sheldon Pollock; Founder of MCLI, Dr. Rohan Murty; High Commissioner of India Mr. Ranjan Mathai and Chief Executive, British Library Mr Roly Keating and Minister (Press) Prashant Pise
Christopher Shackle, former Professor of Modern South Asian languages at SOAS, were on hand. Later, the Asian Voice interviewed Sharmila Sen, Executive Editor- atLarge for Harvard University Press, who said, “It’s a great privilege for Harvard University Press to publish the Indian classics- which helps us broaden our scope of publishing the classics which we have been doing for a hundred and three years with the Loeb Classical Library [a pre-existing series].” This paper asked about market potential and the editor replied, “It will be as big as the market for the Loeb Classical Library. It will
have that kind of vision; expensive and that long period of time.” The Asian Voice also interviewed Professor Pollock about his experience editing the series. “It’s been a real challenge editing the Murty Classical library as translating Indian languages is more of a challenge than translating from Spanish or Italian or German. Partly this is because Indian writers have often felt the most interesting subject to write poetry about is language itself. I have been blessed with great collaborators [like] Christopher Shackle, they made my life a lot easier. It’s difficult to work with Indian languages partly because
of the distance from the language, partly because of the conceptual difference, but sometimes because language itself is the object of the poetry and that can be difficult to bring over into another language.” All present agreed that the Murty Libary is a significant milestone in bringing world literature’s treasured heritage to a wider audience than before.
On Thursday the 26th of February Harrow Council passed its budget for 2014/15; over the next four years Central Government has imposed £83m of cuts on Harrow Council and our residents, with £25m of savings coming in the budget just passed. Unsurprisingly, I have mixed emotions about this budget - both positive and negative. Firstly, positive because of the achievements this Council has worked towards over the past 9 months, from investing over £700k in social workers, £200k to tackling domestic violence in the Borough and nearly a million pounds supporting residents and families who have been made homeless. However, I also have negative emotions because of the scale of budget reduction which this Council has a duty to pass following the huge cuts imposed on our community by central Government. My
When I came from Nepal
Voicing Asian Opinions
Mukahang Limbu with the Duchess of Cornwall
Asians are an important part of British society, yet when it comes to voicing your opinions, there tends to be a shortage of Asians who get their thoughts across in the media. However, with changing times, Asians too are getting there thoughts across in different British Mediums. Two examples are of Jitesh Gadhia and Shashank Joshi. They have both spoken about different topics and given
an insight as well as their opinions. Jitesh Gadhia speaks about the Barings by the Board of Banking Supervision in The Daily Telegraph; speaking about the Barings which happened on 26 February 1995. Shashank Joshi deplores people who come in defence of “Jihadi John” as well on The Daily Telegraph. Both speak on diverse topics and give a coherent and informative opinion.
allegded that Sidhu hit her on the bridge of nose. The schoolgirl, who was on her way back from a school trip to Nepal with her teacher and fellow students
informed her teacher of Sidhu's behaviour. She reported Sidhu's behaviour to her teacher. The police was waiting for him once the flight descended. Flight attendants
colleagues and I take no pleasure whatsoever in passing millions and millions and millions of cuts onto our community which have been forced on us as a Council. Over 50% of the savings laid out in the budget are back office savings and efficiencies, through cutting managers and sharing services with other councils. The budget also contains an additional £2.5m of income already predicted from our ambitious regeneration plans that are just getting underway, with resident engagement and building social and affordable homes at the heart of this. Despite this, we have still had to make tough decisions, and we will be working with residents, local businesses and the voluntary and community sector over the coming months to protect our most vulnerable residents from the worst of these cuts.
Mukahang Limbu (13) has become the first winner of the national writing competition sponsored by The Sunday Times. His story was one of more than 3000 poems with the theme “home”, submitted by state school pupils. Mukahang Limbu, who is a student at Oxford Spires Academy moved to the UK after spending his early formative years in Nepal. His poem, “When I Came From Nepal”, is an account of his personal experience and feelings of leaving home and adapting to a new places, eventually making it his new home. The competition was organised by the charity, First Story and was judged by a panel. The prize was presented by the Duchess of Cornwall.
informed that Sidhu was abusive and would abuse when they would refuse to give him more alcohol as he seemed disorderly. Although he was charged with sexual
touching, Sidhu has been cleared of assault. He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for the next seven years, as well as serve his four month jail sentence.
As I clutched my suitcase... thick hot sweat built in the slits of my palms, which shook holding its cool metal brace. We walked into dry-winds, thick as dried-out paint on unwashed canvas. The sky was painted daffodil yellow. The ground was a dirty grey. There was a metal bird: an array of fearful, forgotten paint. Missing the feeling of home I smell the iron rust of the Municipal Gardens. The sour tang of home still sits on the tip of my tongue like the zest of sweet citrus fizzling. I did not know of grey, gravel roads, or the bright buzzing, of scarlet cars. I did not know of lonely red-bricked houses, gazing strangers, standing next to next, military officers, in endless rows. I did not know, of silence in the streets, or the secret whispers on the buses, or the sly gestures of restaurants. I know now In this place, Where I did not know, the things I did not know embrace me in the ways I didn't know.
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