India is a land of extraordinary natural and human endowments. Nature has provided almost every part ofIndia with abundant resources for the sustenance of a rich human civilisation; and, the people of India,over millennia of intense interaction with their immediate environment, have learnt the most effectiveways of gratefully accepting the nature’s bounty.
Publication of Authentic Editions and Translations of Hind Swarajya:
To mark the hundredth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj, the Centre undertook an effort to compile the original authentic editions of Hind Swaraj based on Gandhiji’s own Gujarati manuscript, the first Gujarati version published in the Indian Opinion of December 11 and December 18, 1909, and Gandhijis own English translation published by the International Press at Phoenix in 1910.
This programme of the Centre was initiated in 1998, when Sri A. P. Joshi took retirement from hisbusiness to devote himself to full time academic research concerned with the essential aspects ofnation-building. The programme involves an exhaustive study of the changes in the population of theIndian continent in comparison with other major civilizational regions of the world, and changes inthe religious profile of people within the continent.
The Centre has been carrying out intensive research on the classical Indian discipline of growingand sharing food in abundance, in the perspective of currently prevailing scarcity and hunger in thecountry.
This is the major ongoing research programme of the Centre. Chengalpattu district in the modern Indianstate of Tamil Nadu stretches in a wide arch, about 180 km long and at places up to 80 km deep, aroundthe city of Chennai, capital of the state and the seat of the British colonial power in South India.
Under this programme, the Centre has prepared an exhibition on the essential features of Indian geography, culture, history and economy. Comprising of about 90 large-format panels, the exhibition is divided in several sections.
The Centre in 1995-1996 was called upon to undertake an unusual research programme to assess certain claims about production of petroleum-like fuels from small quantities of specific herbal materials. During the year the scientific community in India at the highest levels was taken up by such claims being made by Sri Ramar Pillai of Tamil Nadu.
Page 1 of 2