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Goethals Indian Library & Research Society, Kolkata
Vol. V No. 4 Bulletin October-December 2002
News Update | Articles | Researchers
New Arrivals | Mails & Emails
The exhibition on "Indian Art & Architecture" held at the library from the
26th-30th of August 2002 was well attended.
Mr. Raghu Mody, Chairman, Rasoi Group of Companies, visited the Goethals
Library and viewed the Daniell collection of paintings, alongwith Mrs. Arpita
Bhattacharjee on the 28th of November.
A large number of inquires on Indological topics are received regularly by
The Goethals Library Director, Fr. Felix Raj, SJ and Staff wish all
researchers, readers and well wishers A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year
Goethals website has a page called
VIBRATIONS for your views, reflections,
comments, stories etc. Make them short and sweet. Send them now. Your views are
worth sharing. Visit our site regularly. We appreciate your valuable
Researchers at Goethals
Dr. Barendranath Lahiri, retired, reader in Physics, the University of Burdwan
did research on the History of Science in India.
Raja Sinha, a Chemical Engineer did research on
Indian History and Indian
Kaushik Chakraborty from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, did research
on Development of Communication through History and Education.
Ms. Swati Mustaphi, of Dr. Kanailal Bhattacharya College visited the library to
do research on Indology.
Ms. Shubhadra S Pandya from Mumbai did research on
Leprosy in India.
Jyotirmoy Chaudhuri from New Delhi did research on
Military History and the
British Raj in India.
Ms. Subhasri de Banerjee came to the library to do research on
Old Calcutta and
Costumes of Old Calcutta in the 1940s.
Kaushik Banerjee visited the library to do research on
Ms. Paula Ray from ‘The Telegraph’ visited the library to do research on the
Old Park Street Cemetery.
Ms. Sadhana Karali from Jadavpur University did research on
Rev K M Banerjee
and Bengali literature.
Ms. Saima Ali from Maulana Azad College did research on
Bhaskar Sen visited the library to do research on
Philosophy, Indology and Sanskrit.
Tony Rajan a St. Xavier’s College student visited the library to do research
on a variety of topics.
A Professional code for Teachers
The professional Code for Teachers was drafted by the WCOTP Asian committee,
after studying the various Codes of Ethics collected from WCOPT national member
Education is the most potent instrument available to society for fostering its
ideals and for ensuring the growth of the free human being. The school is the
medium through which society helps its young people to understand their culture,
acquire the accumulated knowledge of the ages and prepare to meet the challenges
of the future.
Teachers have thus exacting responsibilities in helping the children to grow to
their full stature, and society has corresponding obligations to ensure to the
teachers and the schools the conditions necessary for the efficient discharge of
With a view toward understanding the implications of these obligations, the
teachers of the world formulate the following code for the members of the
teaching profession, and record their hope that society will help them to
discharge their responsibilities in accordance with this code by ensuring for
them the freedom and social and economic conditions necessary for their
The Teacher and His Profession
The Teacher as a member of the teaching profession should –
Embrace his calling with zeal and devotion focused toward the betterment of
mankind, placing service above all other considerations.
Improve himself professionally through continual study and research, reading
professional literature, attendance at conferences, workshops, and vacation
classes and travel.
Encourage capable individuals to enter and remain in the profession.
Participate actively in educational planning and do his utmost to implement
the decisions thereof.
Maintain active membership in organizations dedicated to the professional
growth and social welfare of teachers.
- An extract from the Souvenir of the National Educational Consultation on
Catholic Education. Feb 20-24, 1969. (Book No.: 29A/134)
Books on Keshub Chunder Sen and by Him
The New Samhita by Keshub Chunder Sen. The chapters include "The New Law,
Invocation, The House, The Householder, Worship in the Sanctuary, Daily Meals,
Business, Amusements, Studies, Charities, Relations, Ceremonies, Marriage and
Funeral Ceremony, etc. Published by the Brahmo Tract Society, Calcutta 1915.
(Book No: 31M/2).
Brahmo Somaj – Keshub Chunder Sen’s lectures in India. The lectures include
the following: i) Jesus Christ: Europe and Asia. 5th May 1866. ii) The future
Church, 23rd Jan 1869 iii) India asks: who is Christ? 9th April 1879 iv) That
Marvellous Mystery – the Trinity, 21st Jan 1882 and other lectures. Published by
the Brahmo Tract Society, Calcutta 1886. (Book No: 31M/4).
Brahmo Somaj – Keshub Chunder Sen in England. A few of the topics are: i) The
living God, ii) Efficacy of prayer iii) Female education in India iv) Lecture on
Hindu Theism v) Speech at the Victoria Discussion Society on Women in India,
etc. Published by Brahmo Tract Society, Calcutta, 1887. (Book No: 31M/5)
Keshub Chunder Sen and his Times by Protap Chunder Mozoomdar. There is a
discussion on the Brahmo Somaj, character of English Education, Catholicity of
his Genius, etc. Published by the Art Press. Calcutta. No date (Book No: 6B/10).
Keshub Chunder Sen by F Max Muller. There is a list of important dates in the
life of K C Sen, the History of the Brahma Samaj, with appendices. Published by
S Gupta & Brothers. Calcutta. 1976. Cover design by Satyajit Ray. (Book No:
Keshub Chunder Sen
by P K Sen. This publication is for the Keshub Birth
Centenary: 1938. The contents include Family and Ancestry, Boyhood and
Adolescence, Preparation for Ministry, the Bhakti Movement, Visit to England,
Navavidhan or New Dispensation and the Closing Years (1878-1884). Published by
the Centenary Committee, Calcutta, 1938. (Book No: 6B/276).
Keshub Chunder Sen in England. This is a collection of Diaries, Sermons,
Addresses and Epistles. Published by the Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 1980. (Book
Plants of India
ADENATHERA PAVONINA LINN.
Local Names: kunchandana. rakta kambal, val
English Names: Bead Tree, Coral Pea, Red wood.
Description: A large deciduous tree. Leaves, bipinnate, 30-60 cm; long; pinnae,
4-6 pairs: leaflets many, alternate. Flowers scented, pale yellow, in 5-15 cm.
long racemes. Pod 15-25 cm. long, curved, at first linear, twisted when
dehiscing. Seeds 10-12, scarlet, shining bi-convex, hard.
Distribution: Moist parts of India and Pakistan.
Uses: The heartwood is hard, heavy and durable; it is used for building and
cabinet making. The red dye extracted from the wood is used as a substitute for
the dye extracted from Red Sandal Wood.
The seeds are used as beads for rosaries and as unit weights by goldsmiths and
jewelers; each seed weighs approximately four grains. A useful cement is formed.
by mixing the powder of the seeds with borax and water.
The gum that exudes from the tree is known as madatia.
- An extract from "Useful plants of India and Pakistan" by J F Dastur. Published
by DB Taraporevala & Sons, Bombay, 1964. (Book No.: 16/1, pp10 & 11)
Medicinal Plants of India
Indian Name: Hindi-"Lal Dudhi"
The trade name is based on the scientific name of the plant.
Description: An annual herb ascending or erect up to 50 cm high; stems round,
covered with yellowish hairs. Leaves in opposite pairs, small…. Flowers whitish,
minute. Fruit small, wrinkled, light reddish brown.
Distribution: Plant occurs in waste places, throughout the warmer regions of
India, and in a variety of soil and moisture conditions.
Drug and its Properties: Euphorbia causes relaxation of bronchioles and has a
depressant action on the heart and respiration. It is useful in removing worms
in children , in bowel complaints, asthma and cough. The plant promotes
formation and flow of milk in women, it is also useful in gonorrhea and other urinogenitary complaints. The roots of the plant stop vomiting…
Indian Sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus Indicus)
Indian Name: Hindi- Hindi Salsa
Description: A perennial twiner or creeper, rootstock woody, fragrant; stems
slender , hairless, leaves vary greatly in shape and size. Flowers are very
small, greenish, in small compact cluster.
Distribution: The plant occurs almost throughout India.
Drug and its Properties: The dried roots of the plant constitute the drug. The
drug is useful in fever, skin diseases, loss of appetite, syphilis, leucorrhoea
and other urinary complaints. The diuretic action of the drug has been shown
experimentally. The drug is largely used as a blood purifier and in rheumatism.
An Extract from " Medicinal Plants", from the Series, "India-The Land and its
People", by Dr. S. K. Jain. Published by National Book Trust, India. New Delhi.
1968. Book No.: 16/101.
Mining & Geological Education in India
Mr. D. Penman, B. Sc., M.I.M.E., Principal, School of Mines and Geology, writing
on the above subject in Journal of Indian Industries and Labour thus concludes
his article by pointing out the "need for adequate facilities for mining and
At the present time there are many students who have already, passed the B.Sc.
or I.Sc. examination of an Indian university attending the evening classes held
in the Jharia and Raniganj coalfields. The facilities for training such men in
the evening classes are totally inadequate, and it is evident to anyone who
knows the circumstances that much good talent is going to waste simply because
of the lack of adequate facilities for a proper training in mining engineering.
The number of university graduates and undergraduates who are turning their
attention to the mining profession is considerable.
The writer believes that, especially in the case of the Indian mining student,
the nature of his training should have a practical bent from a comparatively
early age. In the acquisition of book knowledge he is difficult to beat. It is
on the practical side that he is weakest. Mining is essentially a practical
profession, and training in mining engineering, to be effective, must be along
lines which keep ever prominently before the mind of the student the practical
aspect of his profession.
He has faith in the capacity and character of Indian students.
The Indian student is, as a rule, keen, ambitious and industrious. He is not
easily discouraged in the endeavour to attain the goal of his ambitions. In
mathematics and in the sciences he can hold his own with the student of any
other country. In engineering he is dexterous and skillful. With attributes such
as these, careful training is all that is required to make the student into a
capable mining engineer.
The provision of high grade mining and geological education in India is a
question of vital national importance.
- From "The Modern Review" Vol XXXII, No. 2, August, 1922.
Banglar Baul –O- Baul Gaan (Bengali) by U Bhattacharjee. Published by Orient
Books. Calcutta. 2000.
Communalism Condemned – Gujarat Genocide 2002, edited by B Chattopadhyay and A
R Guha. Published by Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata. 2002.
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry. Published by Faber & Faber, London. 2002.
Freedom Movement of India – A Chronological Dictionary: 1757 to 1947. Compiled
by Asitabha Das. Published by Kishalay Prakashan, Kolkata. 2002.
Freedom of the Soul: A
Post-Modern understanding of Hinduism by M M Agrawal. Published by Concept
Publishing Company. New Delhi 2002.
History of Bengal, (1757-1905) edited by N K Sinha. Published by the
University of Calcutta. 1996.
Lord Chaitanya: A Biographical Critique (Vol III) by Biman Bihari Majumdar.
Published by K P Bagchi & Co. Calcutta. 1999.
Man and His Universe by Dr. C C Biswas. Published by Jadavpur University,
Meditations on Gandhi – A Ravindra Varma Festschrift edited by M P Mathai, M S
John and S K Joseph. Published by Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi. 2002.
Sadhus of India – A study of Hindu Asceticism by Robert Lewis Cross. Published
by Rawat Publications, New Delhi. 2001.
Trade in Early India - edited by Ranabir Chakravarti. Published by Oxford
University Press, New Delhi. 2001.
Transformation of Santal Society – Prelude to Jharkhand by S K Mallick.
Published by Minerva Associates, Calcutta. 1993.
Mails & Emails
I am collecting information on Robert De Nobili. On your web-site I found
something that may help me in my research: "Light of the East" No 12, September
1924, A "Sannyasi from the West" a two page article. Could you send me this
Thank you for your enriching letter filled with good tidings. I hope to receive
more in the coming days. May your centre reach to many more readers daily.
Thank you for the copy of the photo of Fr. Paulus Lefebvre, SJ. You are welcome
to our Centre, when you visit Shillong. Long live the Jesuit Mission.
Fr. P.V. Joseph SDB
Thanks for the invitation to the Educational Exhibition of Books and Plates on
"Indian Art & Architecture" from 26th to 30th August 2002.
Archbishop S Lucas, Kolkata
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