New book on King Ashoka in Polish language

[ Friday, March 03, 2006 01:36:59 pm IANS ]

BRUSSELS: After years of research, noted Polish writer Janusz Krzyzowski has come out with a book on the life and achievements of the ancient Indian king, Ashoka the Great, in his native language.
"I am fascinated with Ashoka's personality and his deeds to promote Buddhism. The history of ancient India is very close to my heart. My purpose is to introduce Ashoka and his life achievements to Polish readers," said Krzyzowski in an interview.
For the past decade, Krzyzowski has been active in publishing books on Indian music, religion and Urdu poetry. Last year he translated the work of renowned Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir into Polish with the help of Indian poet, Surender 'Zahid' based in Warsaw, according to INEP agency.
"Dr Krzyzowski has filled a great void in understanding Indian history in Poland. It is a great achievement for a medical doctor to write a chapter of ancient Indian history when many Polish Indologists have not ventured hitherto," said Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa at the launch of the book here.
"The publication of this book will prompt other writers on India to write similar books," he added.
Stanislaw Tokarski, professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences, said: "It is indeed a pioneer work what Krzyzowski has done. But the Indian Council for Cultural Relations should promote Indian historical studies in Poland.
"So far the ICCR has been sending Indian language teachers whose utility is very limited. Time has come that history teachers should be sent. Indology should not be restricted to language studies only.
It is indeed unfortunate that not a single textbook on Indian history is available for students in Poland." The book has been published by the Indo-Polish Cultural Committee (IPCC), whose chairman Umesh Nautial has been instrumental in raising the funds for the project.


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