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Indic Book Club comes to America

Moderator and Co-Founder, Sunanda Vashisht, Co-Founder of “MyIndMakersand Speaker  Dr Pankaj Jain at the Book Club launch

Moderator and Co-Founder, Sunanda Vashisht, Co-Founder of “MyIndMakersand Speaker Dr Pankaj Jain at the Book Club launch

Indic Book Club, a global, multi city, horizontal network of Academics, Authors, Artists & Activists nurtured by Indic Academy, made its debut on the USA soil in Houston on Sunday, Feb 19th 2017. On a serene evening, over 30 Houstonian Intellectuals and activists gathered at Bhojan restaurant, where Dr Pankaj Jain delivered an eye opening talk on “Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities”.
Dr. Jain’s talk was moderated by Ms. Sunanda Vashisht, Co-Founder of “MyIndMakers” (www.myind.net). The talk began with an introduction to FISI by its USA National Coordinator Achalesh Amar, who spoke about the need for Intellectual Renaissance rooted in Indic traditions. Achalesh exhorted the audience “Let us all re-ignite our passion in defense of the motherland as its glory is even higher than the Heavens – Janani Janmbhumisch Swargaatapi Gariyasi”. This was followed by a brief introduction of Indic Book Club by Pramod Kumar Buravalli, Founder of MyIndMakers and Global Coordinator for IBC. Pramod explained how the motto of Indic Book Club “READ WRITE RE” can be translated to action “By Reading the work of Indic authors and intellectuals; we can rekindle the Writing skills amongst us as we write books after due research and in due course this will help revive and reclaim our rightful position in the world”.
Dr. Pankaj Jain (http://philosophy.unt.edu/people/faculty/pankaj-jain) is currently the Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at University of North Texas’s College of Arts and Sciences. He began his talk with the history of the Bishnoi Community in South Asia and the genesis of the “Swadhyaya Movement”. Dr. Jain engaged the audience with a distinct sense of humor, peppered his talk with many North Indian colloquial terms related to Nature Worship and mentioned the history of socio-cultural movements such as Chipko. Dr Jain also talked about Krutibhakti and how it is deeply embedded in Indic traditions. He beautifully explained “We need to move from Upbhog (consumption) to Upasana (worship) for the long term sustenance of ecology, as demonstrated by Swadhyaya movement”. At the culmination, Ms. Sunanda Vashisht engaged the audience in a lively Q & A session. The talk was beamed live on Facebook and questions were asked all the way from Singapore!

COMM_Book Club launch_ Pramod Burravali_founder of MyIndMakerKavita Tewary who listened to the talk observed “For me this lecture was a beautiful reminder of how rich our dharma and culture is, a strong rejoinder that we are just custodians of this planet (and not the owners). It is time to re-connect with the roots”.
“Indic Book Club (IBC) is a horizontal network of Indic intellectuals from diverse backgrounds, who are keen on discovering their civilizational identity and using this understanding to better engage with the current global challenges. Each IBC chapter hosts regular talks by eminent speakers from various domains by bringing together an audience of such intellectuals. We are excited with the launch of a IBC chapter at Houston. After the establishment of 8 chapters in India, this will be our first global foray. We are thankful to our association with Friends of India Society International and Myindmakers for helping us with this launch and enabling a foothold in America. We look forward to expanding our presence with more chapters in active collaboration with them.” Hari Kiran Vadlamani, Founder of IBC quipped via skype.
The Friends of India Society of International (FISI) brings together friends of India worldwide to safeguard the interests of India and people of Indian origin. FISI was founded in 1975 to safeguard Indian democratic institutions and ideals in the aftermath of “emergency rule.” The FISI is now an international association of the friends of India – drawn from among the Indian diaspora and the public in which the Indian diaspora resides. FISI under the leadership of Rajiv Varma as International Coordinator, seeks to help India to meet all challenges by advancing an accurate picture of India and the Indian diaspora, their achievements and contributions to world civilization and the global family.
Indic Book Club is a global, multi city, horizontal network of Academics, Authors, Artists & Activists nurtured by Indic Academy. Indic Academy, a Trust established in 2016 in Hyderabad, India is partnering with Friends of India Society (FISI) to launch Indic Book Clubs across cities in the Americas.
More details about Dr. Jain’s concluded talk, upcoming talks in Houston can be found at (https://www.facebook.com/Indicbookclub/) or contact Achalesh Amar @ 713 357 8216 or Pramod Kumar Buravalli @ 832 795 9495.


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