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Goethals Indian Library & Research Society, Kolkata
Vol. VI No. 4 Bulletin October - December 2003

News Update | Articles | Researchers | New Arrivals | Mails & Emails

Director and Staff wish you all A Merry Christmas and A Joy-filled New Year 2004

News Update

  • Oriental Scenery Project:- The Oriental Scenery Project is complete. All the 144 plates in enlarged digital prints have been laminated and ready for exhibitions. 52 plates of Old Calcutta Views by William Wood and James B. Fraser have also been prepared for exhibitions.
    GILRS is planning to organise an Exhibition in January for art lovers of Kolkata and the public.

  • Book Donation: The library wishes to thank Mr. Sibadas Chaudhuri for donating his four books, which are

  1. Index Internationalis Indicus (1976)

  2. Index Asia series in Humanities 12 part

  3. Indian Science Index, Volume 2.

  4. Index Asia series in Humanities.

  • Publications: Fr. Felix Raj, "Economic wisdom for all ages and ideologies," in two parts, Bhawan’s Journal, September 15 and 30, 2003, Vol. 50. Nos. 3 & 4. Mumbai.


Researchers at Goethals

  • Dr. Indrajit Bose of Presidency College did research on "One hundred years of British Itinerants in India, 1757-1857."

  • Dr. Malay Mundle of Medical College Kolkata, did research on the history of the Church in Bengal.

  • Fr. James Ponniah from the Department of Christian Studies, University of Madras, Chennai, did research on Folklore, Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural History.

  • Fr. John Romus of Morning Star College did research on the Religious policy of the State in Ancient India.

  • Fr. Robert Fernandes of the B.Ed. Department did research on the effectiveness of B.Ed. Department in St. Xavier’s College.

  • Mr. Himadri Kanti Chaudhuri did research on Mahatma Gandhi and related topics at the library.

  • Mr. Julian Sunil Roy, a Writer and Journalist did research on the Portuguese converts in India.

  • Mr. K M Mathew of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) did research on Law in India.

  • Mr. Prasun Sardar did a study on Religious thought in India with a focus on Buddhism.

  • Mr. Sean Michael Doyle from the University of Edinburgh did research on Fr. P Johanns, The Light of the East and Jesuit Intellectual contributions.

  • Mr. Sibadas Chaudhuri from the Asiatic Society did research on the Journals and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal.

  • Mr. Sujoy Gupta did research on Indian Biographies.

  • Ms. Samantha Kumar from Shefferton University, London did research on Indian history.

  • Ms. Ishita Pande from Princeton University USA is a Ph.D. candidate. She visited the library to do research on Medical Education in Colonial India, early nineteenth Century.

  • Ms. Yamini Sureka from the "Times of India" did research on Philately in India.

  • Prof. Charlotte Simpson of the B. Ed. Dept. St. Xavier’s College is doing research on Human Rights and the Jesuits in Bengal.

  • Prof. Jayati Gupta of Presidency College did research for a major UGC Research project.

  • Prof. Saunak Palit of the Dept of Physics, St. Xavier’s College did research on Fr. Lafont and his science.

  • Sr. Kiran A. C. visited the library to do research on Women Missionaries and the position of Women in India.

  • Student Researchers who visited the library are Monoj Rajak, Vanessa Maria Mirza, Neha Jaiswal, Wasim Aftab and Shashi Rout.


History of St. Xavier’s
by (Late) Fr. A. Verstraeten, SJ.

1885 : The strength of the Jesuit staff remains practically the same: 34, of whom 13 are fathers, 13 scholastics and 8 brothers; there are only 8 laymen.

The roll strength has increased to 733, of whom 142 are boarders; there are 226 students in the College and 507 in the School.

All 16 students passed the Entrance examination, 26 passed the FA, and 6 the BA. Strange coincidence, in the lists, Presidency College and St Xavier’s followed each other with unerring precision.

During the year, from January to September, Fr Lafont gave several lectures on scientific topics, usually illustrated by experiments, several of the lectures took place in the new Hall of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. Among his lectures special mention is to be made of the one on "Optical projections as a means to teach science

to large audiences" with numerous illustrations. Another much appreciated performance was the one illustrated by the musical performance of a wonderful instrument called ‘the self performing orchestrion’, which plays 20 tunes equal to a full band.

Fr. E. Francotte publishes regular meteorological reports of St Xavier’s Observatory. In February, it is announced that

Dr A. Younan, one of the brightest former students of St Xavier’s, has produced a remarkable paper on "the vitreous humor of the eye", the paper received the highest praise from the profession.

August: First Communion of 32 boys, presided over by Fr Rector; and in September 64 young students received confirmation from the Archbishop.

1 October, Fr A Neut sj, is appointed Rector of St Xavier’s College, before that he was prefect of discipline and studies.


My Search For Truth

I was born on September 5, 1888, at a small place, Tirutani, forty miles to the north-west of Madras, in South India, the second child of Hindu parents, who were conventional in their religious outlook. I have not had any advantages of birth or of wealth. The early years of my life till twelve were spent in Tirutani and Tirupati, both famous as pilgrim centers. I cannot account for the fact that from the time I knew myself I have had firm faith in the reality of an unseen world behind the flux of phenomena, a world which we apprehend not with the senses but with the mind, and even when I was faced by grave difficulties, this faith has remained unshaken. A meditative frame of mind is perhaps responsible for my love of loneliness. Side by side with my outward activities, there is in me an inner life of increasing solitude in which I love to linger. Books, the vistas, they unveil, and the dreams they awaken, have been from the beginning my constant and un-failing companions. I am not quite at home in the conventional social functions by which life’s troubles are tempered to most of us. When I am in company, unless it be with one or two who know me well, it is with an effort that I get along. But I have an almost uncanny knack of putting myself in rapport with any individual, high or low, old or young, if the need arises. While I am essentially shy and lonely, I pass for a social and sociable man. My withdrawn nature and social timidity have given me a reputation that I am difficult to know. Again, I am said to be cold and strong-willed, while I know that I am the opposite of it. I am capable of strong and pro-found emotions, which I generally tend to conceal.

-from the "Basic writings of S. Radhakrishnan. Edited by Robert A McDermott. Jaico Publishing House, Bombay, 1977. Book No: 32A/216.


Oldest known Tree in the World

A cutting of the original Bo-tree is said to have been taken to Ceylon 245 years before Christ, and planted at Anuradhapura, near the Ruwanwali Dagoba. The tree was then growing on the site of the present temple at Buddha Gaya, and the cutting was brought by Sanghamitta, the daughter of King Asoka, who followed her brother Mahinda to Ceylon, where he had preceded her a few years as the first Buddhist missionary to that island. The tree which sprang from this cutting still exists in a flourishing state at the place where it was planted, and is the oldest known tree in the world, its age being now 2,123 years. Sir Emerson Tennant says of it: "The estimates of the ages of other old trees in the world are matters of conjecture; and such calculations, however ingenious, must be purely inferential: whereas the age of this Bo-tree is matter of record, its conservancy has been an object of solicitude to successive dynasties, and the story of its vicissitudes has been preserved in a series of continuous chronicles, among the most authentic that have been handed down by mankind. Its green old age would almost seem to verify the prophecy pronounced when it was planted that it would ‘flourish, and be green for ever." .......

Gautama hesitated for some time, whether he should not keep the divine knowledge he had attained to himself. He revolved in his mind the unprofitable weariness that would be caused in trying to persuade men to believe in his simple doctrine of salvation- "salvation merely by self-control and love, without any of the rites, any of the ceremonies, any of the charms, any of the priestly powers, any of the gods, in which men love to trust." But compassion for the sufferings of humanity finally prevailed, and he resolved to preach his doctrines to the world.

- From "Burma, Past and Present," by A. Fytche. 2 volumes, C. Kegan Paul, London, 1878 Book No. 9E/124, pp 158, 159.


New Arrivals

  1. Rabindranath Tagore – The Myriad- Minded Man by K Dutta and A Robinson. Published by Bloomsbury. UK. 1995.

  2. Communal Politics – Facts versus Myths by R Puniyani. Sage Publications, New Delhi. 2003.

  3. India’s 1999 Elections and 20th Century Politics edited by P. Wallace and R. Roy Sage Publications. New Delhi. 2003.

  4. Macau on the Threshold of the Third Millennium edited by Macau Ricci Institute. 2003.

  5. Finding your Spiritual Center compiled by Ranjit Dugar and Acharya Mahapragya. 2003.

  6. Calcutta Past and Present by Kathleen Blechynden. Sundeep Prakashan. New Delhi. 2003.

  7. Dalits in Early Buddhism by Dr. P. Jaideva. Kalpaz Publications. Delhi 2002.

  8. Banglapedia: The National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh, 10 volumes. Published by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Dhaka. 2003.

  9. People’s Rights: Social Movements and The State in the Third World edited by M. Mohanty, P.N. Mukherji and O. Tornquist.

  10. Christian Tea Garden Workers of Tribal Origin by R. L. Sarkar. ISPCK. Delhi. 1998.

  11. Christians of India by R. Robinson. Sage Publications. New Delhi. 2003.

  12. India, a National Culture? by G. Sen. Sage Publications. New Delhi.

  13. Democratic Governance in India: Challenges of Poverty, Development and Identity by N. G. Jayal and S Pai. Sage Publications. New Delhi.2001.

  14. Buddhism in India: Challening Brahmanism and Caste by G. Omvedt. Sage Publications. New Delhi. 2003.

  15. Science, Technology and Values edited by J. Kozhamthadam. ASSR Publications. Pune. 2003.


Mails & Emails

We are a voluntary organization working for development of women and children for the past 16 years in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Last week we read your article in "The Statesman" on the language of the Santals. Thank you for raising this issue.
Saswati Roy, SWADHINA, Kolkata

I read your article on ‘Globalisation Published in The Statesman. It is very timely. Today we are suffering from the plights of globalization. It is favorable to the richer sections of the communities and also to the rich countries. Those who have money, capital and technological knowledge will invest and get the fruits of globalization. I am a research scholar in the department of political science, engaged in research on the development of tribals. Many many thanks for your article and I request you to write more about santals.
Prafulla Kumar Das, Orissa

I have been approached by the Belgian Embassy in New Delhi to provide them with some literature on some of the Belgians of old in Calcutta for a publication of theirs under the umbrella of Belgo-Indian cooperation.

  1. Mgsr Goethals a life sketch, especially in the area of education, schools etc.

  2. Fr A. Vertstraeten, his contribution to the teaching of science in the College, his relationship with the university, books published, and awards received, particularly one posthumous award from CU.

  3. And last but not least, on the Goethals Library.
    André Bruylants, SJ.

Thank you for keeping me up-to-date on the Goethals Library. I appreciate your newsletter very much.
Dr. Carole Farber

We come from Calcutta and my late father studied at St. Xavier’s College. I would thus like to subscribe to your newsletter. Could you also send me the one on St. Xavier’s College.

I would love to subscribe to your Newsletter, and would also like to feature it on our website.
Lynette (Lynne) Rebeiro

To Director and Staff: Congratulations on the current newsletter.
Gaston Roberge SJ

Greetings! I am a member of the India List and this morning, we have an email from Molly Hamilton inviting all to subscribe to the Goethals Newsletter.
Sally Stewart, ex-Dow Hill.


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