This year the World Sanskrit Day coincides with India’s Independence Day and Sri Aurobindo’s birthday – August 15. In honour of this triple celebration, this issue of Renaissance is dedicated to Sanskrit, the language whose revival is essential for a true rebirth of India.
We review three new Sanskrit books for children published by Samskrita Bālasāhitya Parishad. These books reflect the diversity of children’s literature in Sanskrit – one is a book of rhyming songs, the other is a collection of short humorous stories and the third is a beautifully illustrated story book.
In this part, A V Sastri briefly outlines how the unique Indian spirit of nationalist struggle for independence led by Sri Aurobindo, Lokmanya Tilak and others was gradually replaced by the moral-ethical nature of Gandhian call for political freedom. He also writes of the limits of such moralistic attempts.