PUNE: “If we are not going to learn lessons from our history, then we surely cannot create a bright future. Later, we will have to regret the fact that the efforts taken by our forefathers had gone in vain. If we are not taking lessons to understand our culture from history and if indulge in communalism, then we really need to introspect, as it is a worrisome situation,” said Sakal Chairman Pratap Pawar.
He was speaking at the book release of ‘Lokmanya to Mahatma’ by renowned writer Sadanand More, which was translated into English and published by ‘Sakal’, in a function held on Tuesday. The book consists of two volumes. Savitribai Phule Pune University Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar was also present during the launch. The book was translated by Abhay Datar, while then editor of Saptahik Sakal Sada Dumbre spoke on how More’s various books including Tukaram Darshan, Lokmanya to Mahatma and Garja Maharashtra were presented through a series of articles in the weekly magazine.
“It was believed that if you cross the seas, it was a bad omen. This distanced us from gaining knowledge and pushed us into slavery. Intelligence is not a property of any particular caste or religion. Through history, we have seen that scientists, industrialists, experts emerge from various strata of the society,” said Pawar.
Pawar added, “Sakal has given a platform to linguists like More, who presented history in a neutral way. Lokmanya Tilak was the first leader who stood out on the national level. However, after him, his disciples failed to carry forward the legacy owing to their narrow attitude and suspicious view towards Mahatma Gandhi. Due to this attitude, Maharashtra was thrown out of the national politics onto the periphery of it.”
The book does not only speak about the change in leadership, but also gives an insight into the changes the society went through. We need to show our progressive thoughts once again on the national front by accepting the changes and the transformations that come from traditions and religious practices, added Pawar.
“Due to translation into English, the book will reach various educational institutes across the country and discussions would take place, which would regain Maharashtra’s position on the national front,” Pawar further added.
“It took over two years to translate the 1,600-page book,” said Datar, who also reminisced about various experiences he had during the translation process. Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishtan and Nehru Centre, Mumbai, helped towards the creation of the book while historian and thinker Ramchandra Guha wrote the foreword.