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Finally, a stamp in DD Kosambi's honour

DNPUN8970 | 11/12/2008 | Author : Abhay Vaidya | WC :303 | Politics & Governance

Government remembers man who contributed to Indology, maths and genetics

Much to the delight of his admirers, the nation has honoured Pune’s illustrious son, Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi with a postage stamp.
Kosambi is remembered for his seminal contributions to Indology, mathematics and other fields. The birth centenary celebrations of the historian and mathematician concluded on July 31.
Prior to the start of the centenary celebrations, the Prof DD Kosambi Birth Centenary Committee had decided to approach the Left parties to have a postage stamp issued in his memory.
Accordingly, well-known admirers of Kosambi and senior communist leaders AB Bardhan and Sitaram Yechury took up the matter and informed the committee that the government had agreed to release a stamp in his honour.
His daughter Meera Kosambi, a prominent sociologist, told DNA on Tuesday that she was overjoyed with the release of the much-awaited stamp on her father.
“The stamp and the First Day Cover have a very striking appearance and the collage on the First Day Cover has been done very artfully and skilfully with emphasis on Indology and mathematics which were the areas of his pursuits,” she said.
Meera Kosambi said that the birth centenary year that concluded on July 31 was successful with the opening and closing lectures by eminent historian Romila Thapar receiving an overwhelming response.
“We had taken special care to invite renowned scholars from Delhi and elsewhere. Many people thanked me and some called the lecture series an intellectual feast,” she said. An annual lecture to commemorate Kosambi’s birth anniversary has also been planned, she said.
The lecture texts will now be put in a special volume which will be edited by KN Panikkar, chairman of the Kerala Council of Historical Research.
“There is a possibility that some of Kosambi’s letters to his former students who are now renowned scholars will be included in this book,” said Meera.

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