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After Kalburgi's murder, I couldn't sit back any longer. The idea of India was being destroyed at its root, it was necessary to act.

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

Being able to live without fear is a basic human right, it is the foundation of being civilised.

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

Dharwad has seen a decline in the recent past but Dharwad in decline is still better than other places 

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

All my life I have stayed in Indo-Aryan areas. So I thought I should move to a Dravidic area to see if there are some special insights floating around. 

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

We were able to study 780 languages, but there are approximately 850 languages. What we have done is prepare a baseline—the first survey of living languages in modern, independent India. 

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

Languages are caused by five factors—work-practice, geographical relief, political forces and history, outside influence, and the social organization of communities. Suppose you have strong endogamy in a community, then that would be a big reason why its language will not spread.

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

It is with utmost regret that I would like to convey to you that I wish to return the 1993 Sahitya Akademi award given, in the category of books in English, to my work After Amnesia (1992). I do this as an expression of my solidarity with several eminent writers who have recently returned their awards to highlight their concern and anxiety over the shrinking space for free expression and growing intolerance towards difference of opinion. 

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

When I gave the Gokak lecture, Dr Kalburgi was still alive. Alas, he had to fall to the forces of intolerance. A week after his killing, I participated in a seminar organised by the Sahitya Akademi. This was in Nagpur. I was to preside over the inaugural session. I was quite dismayed to see that the seminar began without a word of reference to the recent attack on a scholar honoured by the Akademi.

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

Dalits and tribals are left out of higher education in a conspicuous way. We think that offering reservation quotas will solve the problem. We have never thought of making the tribal view of the world or the Dalit view of society as the core of education. Unless that happens, their inclusion will not be complete or satisfactory

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

I am not convinced that knowledge institutions in India today are imparting ‘knowledge’. What they impart is skills. The ability to ask meaningful questions is not at the centre of educational processes, though a few exceptional institutions and individuals in the system do this. We require a major recasting of the role that school plays in the life of the children and in the life of the society

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

My anxiety is also born out of the study of diminishing languages, not only made of words, but also diminishing understanding among people, societies, villages, cities, genders and those asking for rights and prosperity. For how long can we go on quarreling? 

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

All over the country there is a sharp divide between those who think that they are brilliant and those who think that they are not as brilliant. I am trying to go beyond this divide and bridge it. Thus, I had sent out an open appeal to writers to volunteer to join us. I reached out wherever I could reach.

G. N. Devy (Ganesh Narayan Das)

There is much more freedom of media and opinion in India today than there ever was under Congress rule, which suppressed any dissent.

Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)

Saying "I am a Hindu" is bound to meet with denigration in the West and even in India - more so if someone born in the West states to have formally become a Hindu.

Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)

Like a number of Westerners starting in the 1960s, I became immersed in Hindu based practices of yoga and vedanta, extending to the worship of Hindu deities like Shiva and Devi.

Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)

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