Dear Prof. Pandey,
I congratulate you from my bottom of heart for bringing out a highly impressive and very educative quality publication — Sthapatyam. Every page and word of publication is full of aesthetics and imaginative ideas. I am yet to see such a creative illustrated publication being brought out in this country. In fact the publication has set a road map for younger generation to follow and derive aspiration for academic excellence. When we became slave, what we lost most was our spiritual and cultural heritage; this is how our self-esteem for native culture and whatever we had our own disappeared. Lord Macaulay in his speech of (Feb. 2, 1835) British Parliament, this is what emphasized. What a sad situation, even today, nobody dares to make effort to overturn that concept of subjugation. Somehow, your publication consoles me, that there is no reason to feel disheartened.
I don’t know why this wonderful publication has generated a feeling of fulfillment while going through it. There is educational and emotional appeal for lay man like me. I am sure that many Bharatiya will relate with this publication irrespective of their area of specialization.
My wife, a sociologist, shares my views. She is of the opinion that this publication should reach many more Bharatiya through library system . The millions of Bharatiya who are non residents, will derive Satisfaction while going through it. They may also feel a need to examine our Ancient Heritage a fresh. It is not a matter of Ethnocentrism, rather a demand to all who claim to posses scientific outlook.
Therefore, we both congratulate and wish this publication a grand success.