The Manipuri edition of ‘Great Minds on India’, a book by Shillong resident Salil Gewali, was released yesterday by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh at the ‘World Peace Maha Yagya’ event in Kangpokpi district.
The programme was also attended by Raju Bista MP and the Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Golay, along with other scholars from Manipur, Assam and Sikkim.
The Manipuri edition of the book was translated by Sadashiva Singh of Manipur, who was introduced to Gewali by the former Additional Chief Secretary of Maharashtra, Leena Mehendale.
Mehendale, a prolific writer, has also edited and penned down the foreword to the Marathi edition of ‘Great Minds on India’, which was formally released by the Governor and Education Minister of Maharashtra in 2015.
The Manipuri version was edited by renowned scholar from Manipur and former secretary of the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Lamabam Tomcha Singh.
The book looks at how world-famous scientists, thinkers, writers, poets, statesmen such as William Wordsworth, Friedrich Hegel, Voltaire, Johann Goethe, Ralph Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Werner Heisenberg, TS Eliot, HG Wells, Mark Twain, Bernard Shaw, Erwin Schrodinger, Carl Jung and William Butler Yeats were inspired by ancient literature from India.
The book has already been translated into 13 languages and its German edition was officially launched by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma a month ago.