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John Faithfull Fleet: Founders and Guardians of The Asiatic Society of Mumbai

Leela B. Jois (Author) Purnima Srikrishna (Author)

Researchers on the Bombay Presidency, epigraphy, and the history and folklore of Karnataka have the advantage of a solid foundation laid by an extraordinary gentleman, John Faithfull Fleet. A British I.C.S. officer, whose love for India and its people is well documented, Fleet held various positions such as Assistant Collector, Magistrate, and Educational Inspector in the Southern Division, and Assistant Political Agent in Kolhapur and the Southern Maratha Country. His perception and views are to be found in his books and in the innumerable articles he contributed to various journals viz. Indian Antiquary, Epigraphialndica, and The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and other journals of repute. He had the distinct advantage of knowing Sanskrit as well as Kannada in all its dialects. His books, The Dynasties of the Kanarese Districts of the Bombay Presidency from the Earliest Historical Times to the Muhommudan Conquest of A.D. 1318, The Inscriptions of the Early Gupta Kings and their Successors (1889), forming the third volume of the Corpus InscriptionumIndicarum, are regarded as shining examples of his impeccable erudition. He established a model for the modern scientific method of treating Indian epigraphical records and settled once and for all the true epoch of the Gupta era. His work on India was a pure labour of love.

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About the authors

Leela B. Jois

Leela. B. Jois was formerly Librarian of the South Indian Education Society's College of Arts and Science, Mumbai. Her book Mysore Sankritika Sankathana in Kannada was published by the Kannada Department of the Mumbai University in 2010. She has contributed to a number of journals like Indica (journal of the Heras Society), Freedom First and the journal of the Itihas Academy, Karnataka. She has participated in various national seminars. Leela is a prominent member of various cultural organizations and has a deep understanding of Carnatic music.

Purnima Srikrishna

Purnima Srikrishna has worked as a lecturer in English at the Dr. B. M. N. college of Home Science, S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai. She was awarded a research grant by the Telang Memorial Scholarship for 2004-05 by the Asiatic Society, Mumbai, to pursue her doctoral research on The Vidyashankara Temple at Sringeri'. In 2006, the Luigi and Laura Dallapiccola Foundation, Edinburgh, also awarded her a scholarship to pursue her doctoral research. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Mumbai in 2010. She has presented papers at many seminars and conferences such as the International Conference on 'South India under Vijayanagara, Recent research in art and archaeology' at Sophia College of Women, Mumbai, which has now been published by Oxford University Press (2011). The paper she presented at the Seminar on 'Krishnadevaraya and his Times—Cultural Perspectives' has been published by the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai (2013). She has delivered the 20th Justice Telang Memorial lecture at the Asiatic Society of Munabai and has been invited to deliver lectures at various other institutions such the Cama Oriental Institute, the Dakshinamnaya Sharada Peetham (Sringeri), Kannada University (Hampi), the J.C.B.M. College (Sringeri) and the Heras Institute and L.S. Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai.

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Title John Faithfull Fleet: Founders and Guardians of The Asiatic Society of Mumbai
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Indus Source Books
Language: English
isbn 9788188569625
length 110p., 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch.
Subjects History