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Diplomat’s history date

Yuga Purana, by British deputy high commissioner to Eastern India, John Mitchiner, was launched at the Asiatic Society on Thursday.

Mitchiner, a Sanskrit scholar who took up post-doctoral fellowships during the 70s at Visva-Bharati and Calcutta University, has written numerous books, including ones on Indus Valley inscriptions and spirituality.

In 1986, the Society published Mitchiner’s first edition of Yuga Purana, an English translation of the ancient manuscripts accompanied by “a detailed study”.

Governor Viren J. Shah launched the book at a function also attended by Amartya Sen. The Nobel laureate was felicitated by the Asiatic Society on the occasion.

The low profile Mitchiner has been in Calcutta since 1999.

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