JAMMU, Jan 19: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, launched its six International journals in Spanish, French, Arabic, English and Hindi at its headquarters in Jammu.
These magazines, ‘Papeles de la India’ (Spanish), ‘Rencontre avec L’ Inde’ (French), ‘Thaqafat-ul-Hind’ (Arabic) ‘Africa Quarterly’ (English), Indian Horizons (English) and ‘Gaganchal’ (Hindi), will now be available for the reading in the library of ICCR Jammu, which has been exclusively been started for the visiting scholars, students and researchers.
The launching was formally done by the Regional Director ICCR J&K Balwant Thakur.
“The idea behind introducing foreign language magazines in Jammu is to promote reading in these foreign languages about India, its ethos, heritage, history and cultural dimensions. By disseminating this information, the motive is to make the public aware of the programmes and initiatives of ICCR”, he said and desired that interested people/scholars may take benefit of this ICCR’s highly valuable facility. The Jammu Centre has the collection of entire ICCR publications. The ICCR has published books on a wide range of subjects, ranging from the arts to philosophy, diplomacy, language and literature. Works of eminent Indian men of letters, statesmen and philosophers like Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Nehru and Tagore, among others, hold pride of place in ICCR’s Publication Programme.
He said that the rarest publications which now will be available to scholars in ICCR office of Jammu, include, ‘Glimpses of Sanskrit Literature’, ‘Contemporary relevance of Sufiism’ (Arabic/English), ‘Performing Arts in Pala and Dena Periods’, ‘Indian Poetry Today’, ‘Readings from India’, ‘Composite Indian Culture and Urdu Ghazal’ (Urdu), ‘Vision of India’, ‘India’s Maulana’, ‘Journey of Legend’, ‘At home in the World’, ‘India-US: five decades of Solidarity’, ‘Women in Manusmiriti’, ‘Ramayana’ (Arabic), ‘Zakir Hussain-a teacher who became President’, ‘Handicrafts of India’, ‘Munshi Prem Chand London, 2005’, ‘Namibia-India: five years of Solidarity’, ‘Striving for Peace’ and ‘Vayaktitva Nirman Mein Shastriya Sangeet Ki Bhumika’.