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'Gandhi's outstanding Leadership' now in Urdu, Kashmiri

india Updated: Mar 08, 2014 18:58 IST

Kashmiri and Urdu translations of a book on Mahatma Gandhi's leadership written by retired career diplomat Pascal Alan Nazareth is now out.

The book "Gandhi's outstanding Leadership" was first published in 2006, and has been translated into 15 languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and several other Indian languages.

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi released the books at a function late last evening in place of Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra who was scheduled to release them but could not make it.


A book written by veteran Indian diplomat Pascal Alan Nazareth on Mahatma Gandhi's outstanding

leadership qualities

"It is good that knowledge about Gandhi spreads in Kashmir. And it is good that knowledge about him grows in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. But there should also be awareness about the literature of Kashmir in other areas of the country," he said.

"How much do we know of Dara Shikoh and how he was inspired from Kashmir? Whenever we think about Kashmir we think it is troubled....It is not just sufficient to say that the issue of Kashmir must be resolved but what steps are we taking towards that?" Gopalakrishna said.

In his address, the former governor said it was his desire to listen to the music of Subbulakshmi in the morning and that by Begum Akthar in the evening.

"Now it is enough blaming the Qaed-e-azam and the Muslim League (for dividing the country), we should remove the divisions within ourselves," Gopalakrishna said.

Professor Majrooh Rashid of Kashmir University, who translated Nazareth's Gandhi's outstanding Leadership book into Kashmiri, said the process of translation "transformed him inwardly".

"It was a great challenge for me because the legacy and tradition of writing prose in Kashmiri is a recent development," Rashid said.

"Gandhi's outstanding Leadership book transformed me and for me this book will go a long way for Kashmiri students to have a better understanding of Gandhian philosophy," he said.

Speaking in the function, Nazareth said he had in September 2011 given a talk on Mahatma Gandhi in University of Kashmir for which he said he received great ovation particularly from students.