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April 25, 2016

Malayalam Edition of Radhakrishnan–Ikeda Dialogue Published in India

Malayalam edition of <i>Walking With The Mahatma</i>

Malayalam edition of Walking With The Mahatma

KERALA, India: A Malayalam edition of Walking With The Mahatma: Gandhi For Modern Times, a dialogue between Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, and Daisaku Ikeda was launched at a ceremony held on April 25, 2016, at Gandhi Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. In the book, the authors share their insights on the principles of nonviolence adopted by Gandhi as well as explore the origins of the visionary philosophies and policies advanced by Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni Buddha), King Ashoka (304–232 BCE) and other spiritual leaders of India spanning the centuries. This translation follows the English edition published in 2015.

Malayalam is a language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala by some 34 million people. It has official language status in Kerala and other territories and has incorporated many elements from Sanskrit through the ages.

The release was attended by approximately 100 guests including Governor P. Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India, and Dr. M.R. Thampan from the State Institute of Languages in Kerala. Several media outlets, including The Times of India and The Hindu, covered the event.

The dialogue explores the origins of various philosophies and the relevance of Gandhian thought on the challenges facing the world today. According to an article in The Hindu, Governor Sathasivam stressed the importance of interaction and dialogue for students’ growth saying, “The translation will benefit teachers and students alike, especially at a time when violence is on the rise in society . . . Gandhian thoughts help one enter the path of non-violence and understand fear as man’s greatest enemy.” [Link to The Hindu article]

[Adapted from an article in the May 12, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]

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