Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Book Launch of “A Hundred Years of Lev Tolstoy and the Indian Connection” authored by Ms. Achala Moulik Moses, IAS (Retd) on Wednesday, 8th December, 2010 at 6:30 pm. H.E. Mr. Nikolay A Listopadov, Consul General of the Russian Federation, Chennai released the book. The fascinating book is dedicated to the centenary of the demise of the Great Russian writer.
While releasing the book, H.E. Mr. Nikolay A Listopadov observed that Ms. Moulik had done extensive research on the life and works of Tolstoy which was reflected in the contents of the book. He also noted that the deep influence Tolstoy had on the Indian psyche, and more particularly on Gandhiji and Gurudev Tagore, had come out very clearly in the book.
In her talk introducing the book, Ms, Achala Moulik talked about her fascination and admiration with Russian culture from her childhhod, ever since reading at the tender age of 7 Tagore’s book in Bengali “Russia-r chhithi”(Letters from Russia). In a lucid narration, she highlighted the passion with which Tolstoy, who was an aristocrat by birth and upbringing, championed the cause of the marginalized and the poor and how he conceived of non- cooperation and civil disobedience as a potent weapon with which the poor could face the tyrannical state.
She also shared with the audience her thoughts on Tolstoy’s legacy and his influence on the distinguished sons of India - Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. She underlined the fact that there were several other Indian thinkers at that time who drew their inspiration from Tolstoy.
H.E. Mr. Nikolay A Listopadov added that Tolstoy’s greatness as a social activist and thinker was relevant and valid even today as it was a hundred years ago.
It was a very interesting talk and the discerning audience present for the event enjoyed it thoroughly.