‘Their exchanges are still relevant’

Staff Reporter

Public debates and exchanges between Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore in the 1920s and 1930s continue to be extremely relevant to many aspects of our public life, noted litterateur Baraguru Ramachandrappa has said.

He was speaking at the book release of ‘Mahatma Mattu Gurudeva Samvada’, organised by publisher Chintana Pustaka and Samudaya. Mr. Ramachandrappa said that the exchanges were also a “shining example” of how public debates on various topics should be conducted.

Apart from organising documents of this important discourse topic-wise to facilitate re-reading for Kannada readers, the book also contains analyses of the discourse by eminent thinkers such as the Nobel laureate and renowned economist Amartya Sen, historian Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and selected excerpts from poems on Tagore and Gandhiji by Kannada poets.

This has enhanced the value of the book, Mr. Ramachandrappa remarked.