Turning the clock back

Priyadarshi Dutta* By converting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque, Erdogan has symbolically unsettled Ataturk’s vision of Turkey. He has revived the memories of Turk conquests that had tormented Europe Hagia Sophia is the most recognisable symbol of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). For the last 85 years, this grand edifice has also embodied the idea of …

Guru Purnima

गुरु पूर्णिमा की शुभकामनाएं – Happy Guru Purnima Guru Purnima, also known as Vyasa Purnima, is considered to be one of the most significant Hindu festivals. The day is dedicated to one’s Guru, mentor or spiritual teacher. Guru Purnima falls on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu lunar month Ashadha, which corresponds to …

বাঙালীর গ্রীকচর্চা কতটা প্রাসঙ্গিক

অনিরুদ্ধ ভট্টাচার্য্য গ্রীকসংস্কৃতির সঙ্গে আমাদের ভারতীয়দের যোগ দু’হাজার বছরেরও পুরোনো। এই সম্পর্কের শুরু হয়েছিল সম্ভবত আলেকজান্ডারের ভারত আক্রমণের সময় থেকে, অর্থাৎ যীশুখ্রীষ্টের জন্মের তিনশো সাতাশ বছর আগে। সেই সম্পর্কেরই অন্যতম পরিণাম যে ‘গান্ধার শিল্প’ তা সকলেরই জানা। গ্রীক ভাষার সঙ্গেও যে তখন থেকেই আমাদের পরিচয়ের শুরু এবিষয়ে কোনো সন্দেহ নেই। সুনীতি চাটুজ্জে (১৮৯০-১৯৭০) মশাইয়ের কৃপায় …

Study of Greek by Bengalees – How Relevant it is Today

By Aniruddha Bhattacharya* Our relations with Greek culture are very old indeed. Our Greek connection began most probably after Alexander’s invasion of India in 327 B.C. It is common knowledge that the Gandhara School of Art is one of the outcomes of that connection. Our acquaintance with the Greek language started, no doubt, at that …

Christmas in India

शुभ क्रिसमस, کرسمس, આનંદી નાતાલ, (শুভ বড়দিন, கிறிஸ்துமஸ் வாழ்த்துக்கள், ಕ್ರಿಸ್ ಮಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು, शुभ नाताळ, ਕਰਿਸਮ ਤੇ ਨਵਾੰ ਸਾਲ ਖੁਸ਼ਿਯਾੰਵਾਲਾ ਹੋਵੇ, Merry Christmas. There are about 30 million Christians in India (about 2.3 % of the total population), who celebrate annually Jesus Christ’s birth on December 25. The celebrations are most noticeable in states where …

Salient points on the Supreme Court’s verdict on disputed Ayodhya site

Editorial On  November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court of India unanimously ruled in favor of the Ram Temple construction on disputed Ayodhya site, where the centuries-old Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992. Here are the Salient points on SC’s judgment: Babri Masjid “Mosque of Bābur” prior to its destruction in December 1992, Ayodhya, …

Statement by Foreign Minister Nikos Dedias after his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Abul Kalam Abdul Momen in Athens

«Υποδέχθηκα σήμερα με μεγάλη μου χαρά τον Υπουργό Εξωτερικών του Μπαγκλαντές, τον κ. Abul Kalam Abdul Momen. Θυμάμαι, αγαπητέ συνάδελφε ότι, σαν Υπουργός Δημόσιας Τάξης, είχα την ευκαιρία να επισκεφτώ την πρωτεύουσα του Μπαγκλαντές, την Nτάκα, το 2013, και να γίνω δεκτός από την Πρωθυπουργό -η οποία είναι και σήμερα Πρωθυπουργός- την κα Sheikh Hasina. …

Tribute to the Greek Indologist Dr. Miltiadis Spyrou

By Dimitrios Vassiliadis We are glad to announce that Arthur Spyrou, a friend of India and son of the late Greek Indologist Miltiadis Spyrou has been appointed as the next ambassador of Australia to Greece. ELINEPA expresses its warmest congratulations! Greek Indologist Dr. Miltiadis (Milton) Spyrou passed away on September 23, 2019, in Athens at …

Economiki Epitheorisi in the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair

India is the honored country at the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair, and on this occasion the Ambassador of India to Greece Ms. Shamma Jain gave an extensive interview to Ms. Lalela Chrysanthopoulou for the “Economiki Epitheorisi” magazine (Issue 986, September 2019). In her interview, the Ambassador describes the “New India” with the rapid economic and …