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Vol. V No. 4 Bulletin October-December 2002

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News Update

  • 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 email.

  • 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 2003.

  • 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 suggestions.

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 Philosophy.

  • 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 Old Calcutta.

  • 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 Indian History.

  • Bhaskar Sen visited the library to do research on Astronomy, Indian 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 organizations.

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 such responsibilities.

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 effective observance.......


Article III
The Teacher and His Profession

The Teacher as a member of the teaching profession should –

  1. Embrace his calling with zeal and devotion focused toward the betterment of mankind, placing service above all other considerations.

  2. Improve himself professionally through continual study and research, reading professional literature, attendance at conferences, workshops, and vacation classes and travel.

  3. Encourage capable individuals to enter and remain in the profession.

  4. Participate actively in educational planning and do his utmost to implement the decisions thereof.

  5. 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

  1. 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).

  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).

  3. 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)

  4. 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).

  5. 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: 6B/175).

  6. 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).

  7. Keshub Chunder Sen in England. This is a collection of Diaries, Sermons, Addresses and Epistles. Published by the Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 1980. (Book No: 31M/212).


Plants of India


Family: Leguminosae

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

  1. Euphorbia Hirta

    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…

  2. 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 geological training":-

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.


New Arrivals

  • 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, Kolkata. 2002.

  • 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

Dear Father,
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 article?

Dear Father,
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.

Dear Father,
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

Dear Father,
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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