Bangalore International Centrehad arranged a Book Presentationof “Jung in India” by Ms.SulagnaSengupta, Independent Scholar on29th April, 2014 at 6.30 PM. Mrs.SreelakshmiGururaja, Former UNICEF Representative chaired and moderated the discussion.
Explaining the background of the book, Ms.Sulagna stated that there is very little material about Carl Jung’s visit to India excepting some stray reference scattered in his writings. Jung, who is considered to be the father of the modern theories of psycho-analysis was deeply influenced by philosophical thoughts, ideas and concepts elaborated in the ancient Indian treatises in Sanskrit. He had studied almost all of these, translated by great German scholars, which enabled him to develop, fine-tune and evolve a more holistic approach beyond the rigidity of Freudian concepts. Ms.Sulagna outlined as to how her painstaking research of archival materials enabled her to piece together the details of Carl Jung’s visit to India for a brief period in 1937-38 to visit India to receive a prestigious award at the Indian Science Congress, held in Calcutta. He also received doctorate (honoriscausa) from Calcutta University, Allahabad University and Benaras Hindu University. He also utilised the opportunity to interact with the Swamijis of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math and several other prominent Indian scientists and psychoanalysts.
The fascinating talk was extremely informative to the audience and lots of questions were raised about Jung’s concepts and the Indian contexts. The session was adroitly chaired and moderated by Mrs.SreelakshmiGururaja.