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KANNADA

Versatile Scholar

SANGATI — A Felicitation Volume Presented to Dr. G. Ramakrishna: K. Marulasiddappa, N. Gayathri, and Ramalinga T. Begur — Editors; Published by the felicitation committee, No. 334, 12th Cross (B), 4th A Main, West of Chord Road, Rajajinagar 2nd Stage, Bangalore-560086. Rs. 200.

THIS VOLUME is a gracious and respectful salute to G. Ramakrishna by his students and admirers who have considered it their duty to record his contribution to the community at large as an extraordinarily gifted and accomplished personality, an intellectual, thinker, teacher, scholar, and social activist besides being a forceful essayist and writer. It contains a large number of articles which focus on the versatility of G.R. as he is endearingly called.

Special mention has been made of his deep commitment to Leftist thought and his active role in the major progressive movements and the exposition of their rationale.

The innumerable forewords he wrote to notable publications, namely, a review of post-Independence India and its career, are cited, in particular, for his deep and keen insight into contemporary Indian and world affairs. His writings on the various aspects of education policy in free India are considered critically stimulating.

The volume opens with a longish and interesting interview with him conducted by Raghunandan, Ramajan Darga and Vijaya, and throws light on the career of G.R. starting with his student days. There is a moving reference to his dependence on `Bikshanna' a noble institution of the olden days to highlight the virtue of charity and compassion.

C. M. RAMACHANDRA

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