Japanese princess releases M’luru origin former diplomat’s book

Japanese Princess Takamodo releasing the Japanese edition of 'Gandhi's Outstanding Leadership' authored by Pascal Alan Nazareth. Courtesy: Twitter

The Japanese edition of 'Gandhi's Outstanding Leadership' authored by Pascal Alan Nazareth was released by Her Highness Princess Takamodo at the Swami Vivekananda Indian Cultural Centre in Tokyo, recently.

The author is a retired diplomat and founder/managing trustee of Sarvodaya International Trust, who hails from a Mangalorean family. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent a felicitation message for this release.

In her message, Princess Takamodo urged the audience to read the book as it presents the various components of Gandhi's leadership, its global impact and its relevance in the contemporary world, by a widely travelled Indian ambassador, in an insightful and intellectual manner. The princess released the book draped in an Indian silk stole presented to her by the author.

The author, brother of Uttarkhand Governor Margaret Alva, retired from the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) after serving for 35 years in 1994. He has served as an Ambassador of India in Egypt, Mexico, Liberia and Ghana and has held other diplomatic positions in Tokyo, Rangoon, New York, Lima, Chicago and London.

In 2007, he was presented the ‘U Thant Peace Award’ at the United Nations, for his life time dedication and world service in promoting Gandhian ideals. Previous recipients of this award include Pope John Paul II, Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela.

The Japanese edition, which is the 20th foreign language edition of the book, was translated by Prof Pema Gyalpo, a Japanese citizen of Tibetan origin who spent his early years in Darjeeling. This edition has been published by the Manyo Sha Publishing Company of Tokyo, which earlier has published books on Indian philosophy and those authored by His Holiness Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra.

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