Archive for October, 2012

Sur Kshetra: a Hindi television program

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on October 13th, 2012 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

Sur Kshetra is a well meaning watchable popular program currently showing on Indian television  It revolves around healthy competition between two  teams of Indian and Pakistani singers, which are judged by a panel of three judges drawn from Bangla Desh, India and Pakistan.They are well known singers in their own right: Runa Laila, Asha Bhosle, and Abida Parveen The anchor has a photogenic face and could have become a successful heroine in the silent movie era.

The main point however is her linguistic ability. She has no respect for grammar: Pakistan team jeet gaya. India ko 10 point mila hai. ( jeet gayi, mile hain). The worst offence is her inability to say kshetra. She pronounces it as Shetra. The only point that can be said in her favour is that many others also say shetra instead of kshetra,

This program, this channel, and in fact all channels need to hire people who know the language well. India must be the only country in the world where  mass media shows such disrespect to the language

Nobel Peace Prize 2012 for European Union

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on October 13th, 2012 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

Whether the European Union should have been awarded this year’s nobel Peace Prize may be debated. But there can be no doubt that it needs the money.

Hindoo College Calcutta Revisited: Its pre-history and the role of Rammohun Roy

Posted in Blogs (Articles) on October 3rd, 2012 by Rajesh Kochhar – Be the first to comment

Rajesh Kochhar (2012) Science and Culture,  Vol. 78, No. 7-8 (Jul-Aug), pp. 280-305.

(Meghnad Saha Memorial Lecture delivered under the auspices of Indian Science News Association, Kolkata, 28 July 2011).

The May 1816 decision to establish the (school section of) Hindoo College Calcutta “for the tuition of sons of respectable Hindus” was immediately recognized as a major development of great cultural and political significance. And yet, source material on its prehistory is very scanty, all of which comes from officials, chaplains and missionaries. No Indian associated with , or  witness to, the College’s formation or in its service has left  behind any account. Most of the accounts are more an exercise in screenplay writing than history proper. The question of the pre-history of Hindoo College is reopened here to take into account two important primary sources  not noticed so far. These documents provide new information, deepen the perspective, and help construct a connected account of circumstances leading to Hindoo College.

A correction needs to be made in the printed text. Insert the  dateline Calcutta 16th May 1816  at the top of the Appendix on page 297.