Events : Literature & Popular Culture

Launch of "The book of Indian Dogs" authored by Mr. S Theodore Baskaran

Held on Friday, 16th June, 2017 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had organised the launch of "The book of Indian Dogs" authored by Mr S .Theodore Baskaran, on Friday, 16th June, 2017 at 6.30 PM at its auditorium. Dr. Ramachandra Guha released the book and handed over the first copy to Air Commodore George Thomas.

In his opening address , Dr Guha praised the deep scholastic bent of Mr Bhaskaran , whom he had known for a number of years. He admired the way years of solid research on the subject by Mr Bhaskaran had resulted in a wealth of knowledge about Indian dogs which had been distilled into a highly readable book , in a style that was simple and persuasive.

Mr Bhaskaran began his presentation by stating that the book is the fruit of several years of travel and research into India’s dog breeds, as well as his hands on experience of raising various breeds of dogs. In a very picturesque and evocative presentation he highlighted the physical features and characteristic traits of the different Indian dog breeds ( around 25 that have been identified) that were broadly categorised as working dogs , companions and hounds. He also gave a brief historical perspective of how dogs had been portrayed in our ancient literature and historical monuments along with anecdotes of some of the erstwhile royal families who owned dogs.

Mr Bhaskaran highlighted some of the challenges that we face today in terms of a dearth of institutions that need to take up research and development of these indigenous breeds on a sustainable basis . In his view, except for a few examples of mostly private efforts , there was a noticeable absence of systemic approaches in the area of genetic research, breeding, data collection etc; that was endangering the very survival of these rare indigenous breeds . He also felt that dog ownership needs to increase to contain the proliferation of stray dogs that were posing immense risks to the community.

The audience was well informed and appreciative of Mr Bhaskaran' s work . There was a lively interaction that followed Mr Bhaskaran' s presentation that was moderated by Dr Ramchandra Guha.