Cause for Applause: German Professor Delivers A Keynote Address in Chaste Bangla

Video Source: Bangladesh Television

He has done his Phd on “Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay’s Srimadbhagabadgita. Studied Indology, Philosophy and Journalism at Hamburg University and Heidelberg University , Germany. He is the Head of Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literature, Heidelberg University, Germany. He is a known authority on Modern South Asian Literature especially Bangla, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil.He is Prof Hans Harder, a German national.

The video features Prof Hans Harder delivering in fluent Bengali the keynote address at the inauguration of Book Fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2015. How effortlessly does Prof Harder bridge the differences in culture , language and geographies with his scholarship. Prof Harder reminds of another German Friedrich Max Müller (1823 – 1900) who was one of the founders of the western academic field of Indian studies and the discipline of comparative religion.

Most importantly people like Prof Hans Harder brings the message that there is still hope that humankind can co exist.

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