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Book Launch of “The Russian Revolution – And Storms Across a Century 1917-2017” 

July 30, 2017

Book Launch of “The Russian Revolution – And Storms Across a Century 1917-2017” 
Authored by Achala Moulik

Book Release by Shri Subhash Chandra Khuntia, IAS, 
Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka

Brief presentation of her book by Smt.Achala Moulik Moses, IAS (Retd)

Discussant
Ambassador C.V Ranganathan (Retd)
Vice Admiral (Retd) Ravi Ganesh 
Lt.General (Retd) Arjun Ray

About the Book 
After visiting Russia at the invitation of the Soviet Government in 1931; Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore described the aftermath of the Russian Revolution in his brief book Rushiar Chithi(Letters from Russia):

“In a decade they have swept away the tyranny of a millennium.” Then “the dumb have found their voice, the oppressed their freedom, the insulted their pride.” He went to Moscow Arts Theatre and was delighted to see “men and women from factories sitting in shabby coats and muddy boots, trying to understand the imports of the words of a great writer. In earlier times they would not have been allowed inside the building leave alone be part of the audience.” Tagore praised the soaring rise in educational standards, the dramatic improvement in the status of women. This progress he observed was not limited to Russians alone; the people of Central Asia benefitted as well. Prophetically he saw the dangers of conformity and censorship; he warned Russians “strengthen yourself quickly; there are many adversaries around you.”

The Revolution in November 1917 brought about an epochal transformation in Russia and in the world; its formidable challenge of equality made Western governments implement socio-economic reforms. Russia supported wars of liberation all over the world, and as a super power played a grand-master’s game on the chessboard of continents.

A courageous American journalist John Reed gave an eye witness account of the event in his book “Ten Days That Shook the World.” Those ten days in November 1917 did more than shake the world; they changed the world. This book attempts to describe the Russian revolution and the dramatic impact of that event.

About Achala Moulik
Achala Moulik Moses grew up in USA. Italy and England, where her father was posted on diplomatic assignments. She graduated in History, Economics, International Law & Relations from London University and then joined the Indian Administrative Service where she served in various capacities, notably as Education Secretary. Government of India, and Director General Archaeological Survey of India. She has written widely on cultural and literary history, physical heritage. biographies of Tagore. Tolstoy, her parents and her husband, four novels which received critical acclaim, a book of verse and a play Pushkin’s Last Poem which was performed in Moscow and Petersburg. The Government of the Russian Federation awarded her the prestigious Pushkin Medal and the Yesenin Prize for her work on Russian history and literature.

About Mr. Subhash Chandra Khuntia 
Mr Subhash Khuntia held various important positions in both the Central and State Governments. His experience ranges in the field of education, economic development and personnel administration. He served as Education Secretary to the Government where he made a significant contribution. He was appointed Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka in 2016.

About Amb. C V Ranganathan 
After graduating from Madras University with a B.A. (honours) in Economics. C.V. Ranganathan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1959. He has a diploma (with distinction) in Chinese language and literature from the University of Hongkong. He has served in the Ministry of External Affairs and in diplomatic Missions in Beijing, New York, Bonn. His senior posts have been as Commissioner. Hongkong, Ambassador, Addis Ababa, Deputy Chief Of Mission in the rank of Ambassador. Moscow, Ambassador. Beijing and Ambassador. Paris. He retired in 1993. He is an awardee of the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship. He was appointed by successive Prime Ministers as Convenor of the National Security Advisory Board and as Co-Chairman of the India-China Eminent Persons’ Group.

About Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray(Retd) 
A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray has wide-ranging experience in war, conflict management, and social transformation of those who have been alienated. In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the highest award in the armed forces for distinguished service.

As CEO of the Indus Trust. he provides the vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and institutions

About Vice Admiral Ravi Ganesh(Retd) 
Vice Admiral Ganesh retired from the Navy after 40 years of service in 2002, of which about twenty-five were spent in submarines and submarine-related appointments.

He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College. the National Defence College and the Admiral Makarov Higher Naval Academy of the Pacific Fleet, Vladivostok, USSR. His commands at sea have included conventional submarines, the first Indian Nuclear Submarine INS Chakra and the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

After promotion to Flag rank he has served as the Commander Western Fleet, Director General, Indian Coast Guard. and Commander-in-Chief Southern Naval Command. He has been thrice been decorated by the President of India for outstanding service.

After retirement from active service Vice Admiral Ganesh was head of the Indian nuclear submarine programme till 2004. He is currently adjunct professor in the National Institute of Advanced Studies and the Director of the Asia Centre. Bangalore.

Book Launch on Wednesday | 2nd August 2017 | 6:30 PM

Venue:
Auditorium.
Bangaore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Stage, 
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.

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