A book meant for scholars particularly those working in the field of social history entitled Swami Vivekananda in contemporary Indian news (1893-1902) with Sri Ramakrishna and the Mission was released at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park on Tuesday evening.
The book has been edited by renowned scholar Sankari Prasad Basu who also wrote an introduction. The book deals with Bramhavadin, a journal that was set up by three youth from Chennai, G Venkatranga Rao, MC Najunda Rao and Alasingha Perumal on September 14, 1895. These three youth came in contact
with Swami Vivekananda when he was touring in South India. A young boy of 30 years of age, Vivekananda realised the importance of a newspaper that would give unbiased news.
Bramhavadin’s last issue was published in March and April, 1914. Its editor was Perumal, a close associate of Swamiji and an erudite scholar. The journal suffered a setback after Perumal died prematurely. The journal played an important role in publishing Swamiji’s ideas till his death in 1902. The news which were presented provided important information to the researchers regarding the then existing society.
Basu a noted scholar on Swamiji visited South India several times to carry out his research on the impact of Vivekananda in the country after he became famous in Chicago in September, 1893. Swami Suhitananda, general secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission delivered the first Sankari Prasad memorial lecture. Published by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture the book is priced at Rs 600.