Indias Priceless Heritage

N.A. Palkhivala



NAN I A. PALKHIVALA Born on January 16, 1920, Shri N.A. Palkhivala (' Nani' to his vast circle of friends) took his M.A. degree and LL.B. degree with First Class Honours from the Bombay University. He was a Professor of Law at the Government Law College, Bombay, and was appointed the Tagore Professor of Law at the Calcutta University. He was a member of the First and Second Law Commissions.

He was elected in 1975 an Honorary Member of the Academy of Political Science, New York, in recognition of his "outstanding public service and distinguished contributions of the advancement to political science." From 1977 to 1979 he was Ambassador of India to U.S.A. He was awarded Honorary LL.D.s by the Princeton University, New Jersey, and the Lawrence University, Wisconsin. Besides The Law and Practice of Income- Tax, Shri Palkhivala was also the co-author of Taxation in India published by the Harvard University. Among his other books are: The Highest Taxed Nation and Our Constitution Defaced and Defiled. He had argued a number of historical cases in the Courts of India and abroad.

He appeared for India before the U.N. Special Tribunal in Geneva against Pakistan in the case involving territories in Kutch. He also appeared for India before the International Civil Aviation Organisation at Montreal and the World Court at the Hague in the case filed by Pakistan against India. He was associated with several industrial and business houses as Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Director. Shri Palkhivala was undoubtedly one of the world's great orators. His annual Budget speeches in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta etc. had become legendary. In Mumbai not less than one lakh people used to attend them. A highly gifted and multifaceted personality, India's far-seeing statesman Shri C. Rajagopalachari had hailed him as a "gift of God to Modern India" . Shri N.A. Palkhivalal. was a Trustee and Vice-President of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Cultural Diversity: Palkhivala highlights India's vast cultural diversity, encompassing various religions, languages, traditions, and art forms, which contribute to the country's unique identity.

  2. Spiritual Legacy: The book explores India's spiritual heritage, tracing the development of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and other philosophical traditions that have shaped Indian society and thought for millennia.

  3. Architectural Marvels: Palkhivala discusses India's architectural marvels, including ancient temples, palaces, and monuments, which serve as a testament to the country's rich architectural heritage and craftsmanship.

  4. Literary Tradition: The book celebrates India's literary tradition, highlighting the contributions of ancient texts such as the Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata, and Ramayana, as well as the works of poets, scholars, and philosophers throughout history.

  5. Artistic Heritage: Palkhivala explores India's artistic heritage, including classical dance forms, music, painting, sculpture, and crafts, which reflect the country's aesthetic sensibilities and cultural expressions.

  6. Philosophical Insights: The book delves into the philosophical insights of ancient Indian thinkers, discussing concepts such as dharma, karma, moksha, and the pursuit of self-realization, which continue to inspire seekers of wisdom around the world.

  7. Scientific Contributions: Palkhivala highlights India's scientific contributions to the world, including advancements in mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and technology, which flourished during ancient and medieval periods.

  8. Social Institutions: The book examines India's social institutions, such as the caste system, village councils, and religious communities, discussing their historical significance and contemporary relevance in Indian society.

  9. Cultural Revival: Palkhivala discusses efforts to revive and preserve India's cultural heritage in the face of modernization, globalization, and other challenges, emphasizing the importance of cultural conservation and revitalization.

  10. Global Influence: Finally, "India's Priceless Heritage" underscores the global influence of Indian culture, philosophy, and spirituality, highlighting how these timeless teachings continue to resonate with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs worldwide.

Language English
No of pages 50
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Book Publisher Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Published Date 01 Jan 2003

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