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Suniti Kumar Chatterjee


[SUNITI KUMAR CHATTERJEE (26 November 1890 – 29 May 1977) was a renowned Indian philologist in Indo-European linguistics, educationist and litterateur. He accompanied Rabindranath Tagore on a tour of Southeast Asia. He later became the President of Sahitya Akademi. He travelled widely and endeavoured to bring civilizations together with linguistics and culture.]

I was very happy to meet...one of the organizers of the Ananda Marga Pracaraka Saḿgha of Purulia District of West Bengal, and to hear from him about the aims and objects of the institution that is being run under the inspiration of Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, who as a great religious teacher has taken upon Himself the work of bringing about a spiritual regeneration of the people as the fundamental thing for intellectual and cultural as well as economic progress. All such disinterested aims which are preached in all sincerity and strict rectitude deserve the fullest support of the body-politic.

The Saḿgha has particularly taken in hand the spread of education and the liquidation of illiteracy among our backward classes, particularly Adivasis and others, and this is most laudable line of serving the masses. Mere secular education divorced from the moral and spiritual background can never be really helpful to any people in enabling them to lead a good life, and education is the drawing out of the best faculties which are in man to lead a life dedicated to high purpose which can only be in reference to the Ultimate Reality. The Indian way of thinking and the Indian way of living, in a world endangered by all sorts of ‘isms’, which include the fundamentals of life and being, have a value for India and the world at large. And the Saḿgha has not lost sight of the basic things which suffuse the life and thoughts of India.

I can only wish the Saḿgha greatest success in the attainment of the mighty ideas it has placed before itself.

National Professor of India in Humanities