Shankar is a household name. I remember the early days
when he was a brilliant cartoonist and when his first book came
out with a foreword by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, but now he is
better known for his deep and abiding interest in the welfare of
children. His International Competition, which he organises with
great skill and ability, for young artists from all over the world has
attracted universal attention. His latest venture is production of
books for children.
There is a great dearth of children’s literature in our country.
Our children more often than not read trash which is sometimes
imported from abroad and is sometimes published by people whose
only interest is to make money. Therefore, I have always felt the
need of healthy literature which should mould the minds of our
young generation. Our country is rich in mythology and folk-lore
and we can draw upon them for printing fairy tales which should
at the same time delight and instruct our children. There is equal
necessity of science literature to popularise the latest inventions in
the world of science.
It gives me very great pleasure to write this foreword for the
small book Sujata and the Wild Elephant. It is a simple story but has
an important and enduring moral, namely that love begets love. Even
a wild animal reciprocates sentiments of affection. How much
true it is when love is shown to our fellow human beings! I hope
that Shankar will be as successful in this new venture as he has been
in his other ventures in the past. I wish the book every success.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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