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Goethals Indian Library & Research Society, Kolkata
Vol. IX No. 1 Bulletin January-March - 2006

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

National Seminar

The Goethals Indian Library And Research Society organized a national seminar on "Christian Contributions To Bengal" at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata on 22nd and 23rd January 2006.

The inaugural ceremony commenced at 9:30am on 22nd. Fr. George Pattery, SJ. Jesuit Provincial, Fr. J. Maliyekal, SJ, Rector SXC, Fr. Ruy Cordeiro, SJ, Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, Director of GILRS, and the senior most delegate Prof. Biswanath Ghosh lit the inaugural lamp. Prof. Lobwo then led his choir into a Bengali Hymn. Thereafter, Fr. Felix Raj made the welcome address. In his address he welcomed all the 21 delegates who were to present their papers at the seminar. He also briefed us about the history and credentials of the Goethals Library. He emphasised the importance of such seminars to take stock of achievements, activities and problems so that Christian contributions would improve with renewed efforts.

Then Fr. Provincial made the presidential address. He gave an over-view of the theme of the seminar based on the papers to be presented. He raised some relevant questions for discussion during the seminar. He proposed an approach of hermeneutics of appreciation suspicion. “From a hermeneutics of appreciation, secular humanism” is perhaps the prominent positive contribution of Christian engagement, particularly in Bengal…… From a hermeneutics of suspicion, the Christian contributions especially before and during the colonial rule led to a false identification of the West with Christianity, so much so, Christian religion came to be regarded as colonial in nature.

Fr. J. Maliyekal, SJ, in his address applauded the work carried out by the GILRS. The elaborate inaugural ceremony also marked the releasing of the souvenir by Fr. Ruy Cordeiro, SJ. The inauguration came to an end with a vote of thanks by Fr. Dominic Savio, SJ.

Fr. Felix Raj, SJ felicitated all the delegates with a certificate of participation and a memento. All the delegates and others who were present appreciated the seminar. The seminar ended with a positive note and with the hope of future activities like this.


Researchers at the Goethals

  • Sr. Thresiamma V.G. on Constitution safeguards for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes in North-East - A critical study, Nagaland.

  • Sr. Anniamma Emmannel on Feminist Perspective of Rights of the S.C. and S.T. Women in Kerala, Nagaland.

  • Mr. Christopher Taylor on Photography of Historical Buildings of Kolkata. France.

  • Mrs. Ramzeeyer on Daniell’s Paintings, France.

  • Fr. Sebastian Vazhapilly, SJ, on Brahmabandhab Upadhyay, Bangalore.

  • Ms. Shreosi Banerjee on Portuguese in India. Kolkata.

  • Ms. Baljit Kaur on History of Early Childhood Education in India, New Zealand.

  • Fr. Felix Ortiz, MC on Mother Teresa’s Cause, Meghalaya.

Publication by Fr. Felix Raj, SJ.

“Kantilya and Thiruvaluvar: Economic Ideas” in Economics in Arthasastra by R.K Sen and R.L. Basu, Deep and Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2006, pp116—141.

Delegates for the Seminar and the title of their Papers

Abanti Adhikari
The Christian Contributions in Bengal

Amitabha Singh
Role of A. G. Church and Hospital in Kolkata

Arundhati Ray
Recasting Mother Teresa in a Multicultural Society

Biswanath Ghosh
Christian Contribution to the development of Modern Bengal

Charlotte Simpson
A Case study on the ‘Rainbow School” at Loreto Sealdah.

Elizabeth Susan Paul
The role of the CNI in social service & development of Women

Felix Raj, SJ
The Jesuit Mission in the Moghul Empire

Francis A. V.
The Interaction between Catholic Missionaries and the inhabitants of Kalimpong, in the field of health care programmes.

Jayashree Sarkar
Christian Contributions to Bengal: Women’s question in the 19th century Bengal. Regeneration of Bengal

Jose Kalapura, SJ
Jesuit Hosten’s contribution to Indian Christian History

Julian S Das, SJ
Remembering the ‘Moulvi Saheb’: Contributions of Victor Courtois to Islam-Christian dialogue

Kanchana Mukhopadhya
An oblivious chapter in the eighteenth century history of Bengal

Melvyn Brown
Catholic Unification and Minority

John Alexander
William Carey’s Contribution to Preservation

Nikhiles Guha
Rev. Lal Behari Day A Critic Ahead of His Time

Reji Mathai
The Pentecostal Mission’s Sunday School Ministry

Sakti Sadhan Mukhopadhyay
Teacher Derozio who broke the System

Shukla Ray
Christian Contribution to the Evolution of Modern Education in India The Serampur ‘Trio’ A Case Study

Sitansu Ray
Western Scholars on Indian Music

Suranjan Midday
Bengali Folk Literature and Christian Missionaries

V. Sebastian, S.J.
Constructions of National Space: Brahmabandhab Upadhyay’s Contribution to Bengali Nationalism and beyond


Ten Laws for Observing the World

“There are ten laws for observing the world, and they are all useful. What are they?

The first way of observing the world

Is to notice how people grow old and sick. No one escapes this. It’s like being a traveler-

He will stay wherever he can lie down for a night. He doesn’t care too much whether the bed and food are the best. And so it is between us and our bodies. Once we go we leave all this behind—No one here gets out alive.

The second way of observing the world is to see

That the family we love we will also have to leave, Just as the leaves of a tree fall in autumn. Nothing can stop this, and no leaf survives. The wind takes them all in its swirling breath.

The third way of observing the world is this: Some are great and powerful-for others, life is brief and glorious! And with both, nothing lasts forever. It’s like the magical light of the moon shining everywhere. All it takes is a cloud to drift across it

And the light is dimmed or eclipsed altogether.

The fourth way of observing the world is this: Some are bullish provoking everyone they meet — While others exploit those who are weaker than they are. And in the end both can be killed in an instant: They are like moths drawn to the flame

They fly straight at thinking this is it - And then they suffer.

The fifth way of observing the world is this: They are misers who do nothing but accumulate wealth. They wear themselves out with no end of pain. And they can’t take any of it with them. They are like little clay bottles filled with sea- water:

How can you hope to catch the vastness of the sea -In something so tiny?

The sixth way is this: the sex obsessed, Fantasizing about having it all the time -

Even through they’re left frustrated and depressed. They’re like a tree invaded by termites- being eaten away until the wood is so rotten. It collapses, threatening any one in sight

The seventh way is to drink and party, Sleeping around in such a mixed-up state,

That you don’t know, what is real, and what is a dream. You’re like a pool of water that has been churned up, once it has become so unclear - It is impossible to see anything else in it.

The eighth way is this: people see life as a drama

as a game in which they are here to entertain themselves. This wastes the body and depletes the spirit. It’s like an idiot climbing a stem to see a flower - Or fighting to bend down a branch, exhausting himself for no purpose.

The ninth way is this- to wander from religion to religion, seeking enlightenment, but ending up in confusion. It’s like someone who makes plaster casts of cattle: No matter how life –like they seem, Take them out to the fields, and they cant’s do a thing!

And the tenth way is this: there are some who believe, they know it, and who appear to everyone as if they do. But in reality they don’t share anything and the truth dies with them. They are like oysters with pearls grown in them- The pearl is no use to the oyster, and the oyster no use - Until it is caught and prized open.

Think about these ten ways and hold them in you, In your mind, your feeling and your body. This is one way of really understanding the Triumphant Law.”

From the Jesus Sutras – The Fruits of the Church the Great Liturgical Sutras by Martin Palmer.

Publications by Fr. Felix Raj, SJ

"Kautilya and Thiruvalluvar: Economic Ideas" in Economics in Arthasastra by R K Sen and R L Basu, Deep and Deep Publications, New Delhi, 2006, pp116-141.

"Budget 2006-7: An Educationist's View", Indian Currents, 12 March, 2006, Delhi.


New Arrivals

  1. A Calamity Colossal by Shitangshu Kumar Chakrabarti, Shastra Dharma Prachar Sabha, Kolkata.

  2. A Journey in Ladakh by Harvey, Andrew, Fontana Paperbacks, 1983.

  3. Contempory Development Economics from Adam Smith to Amartya Sen by Felix Raj, Sampat Mukherjee, Mallinath Mukherjee, Amitava Ghose, Ranjanendra N. Nag, New Central Book Agency Pvt. Ltd. Kolkata, 2006.

  4. History of English Press in Bengal 1780 to 1857 by Mrinal Kanti Chanda, K.P. Bagchi and Company, Kolkata, 1987.

  5. India 2005 - A Reference Annual by Research, Reference and Training Division, Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi.

  6. INDICA – Journal of the Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, Mumbai, 2005.

  7. Kurisumala Acharya, Francis Mahieu Publications de Scourmont, Cahiers Scourmontois 3, 2001.

  8. Quatre Gitanjalis by Paramita Gangopadhay Das, Editions du Soleil, Kolkata, 2005.

  9. Swami Nirmalananda by Swami Jagadiswaranda. Sri Ramakrishana Sarada Math, Bagbazar, Kolkata.

  10. The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen, Penguin Books, 2005.

  11. The Foundations of Indian Culture by Sri Aurobindo, Sri Arobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. 1998.

  12. The Invasion that Never Was - Song of Humanity by Michel Danino / Sujata Nahar, The Mother’s Institute of Research, Delhi and Mira Aditi, Mysore, 2001.

  13. The Jesus Sutras by Martin Palmer, Judy Piatkus (publisher) Limited, Londan, 2001.

  14. The Renascent Bengal At The Cross-Roads by Narendranath Qanungo, S.B. Enterprise, Kolkata, 2005.


Mails & Emails

I am grateful to you for providing me an opportunity to present a paper at your conference on `Christian Contributions in Bengal'.
Abanti Adhikari, Kolkata.

I take this opportunity of thanking you heartily for your kindness to me. It is only because of you, it was possible for me to come to Calcutta and present my Paper.
John Alexander, Nagpur.

It has been my great pleasure to have the chance to research at the Goethals Indian Library during December 2005. Auspiciously I found much more than I originally came to research. The library has such a splendid collection of books and rare material. Actually, there is no exaggeration on saying that the library is itself a hidden treasure. Together with it I must say that your staff did all the best to make my stay comfortable and profitable.
Mr. Dr. Claudio Costa Pibheiro, Brazil.

Many thanks to your staff for sending the copies of writings of Fr. J. B. Hoffmann, SJ, the founder of our Cooperative We are preparing a history of the cooperative and these writings are valuable source material.
Fr. P Jones, SJ., Jharkhand.


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