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“Exploring Hinduism: From Ancient Texts to Modern Insights”

Retired civil servant Ram Varma, hailing from the esteemed Haryana cadre, has continually engaged in scholarly pursuits even after his active service years. His latest offering, “Hinduism: From Rig Veda to the Republic,” has garnered significant attention, particularly among retired civil servants, at its launch event held in New Delhi’s Constitution Club of India.

A Legacy of Literary Endeavors

Ram Varma’s literary journey spans various subjects, from religious discourse to anecdotes of civil service life, spiced with occasional golfing anecdotes. “Hinduism: From Rig Veda to the Republic” marks his fifth publication under the Rupa Publications banner, following noteworthy works like “Ramayana: Before He was God,” “From Gillidanda To Golf,” and “Life in the IAS: My Encounters with the Three Lals of Haryana.”

Inaugural Reflections: Anecdotes and Nostalgia

The event commenced with a poignant note from Varma’s daughter, Vandana Sehgal, reminiscing about their familial experiences intertwined with Varma’s writing endeavors. She fondly recollected instances where their family became subjects of his witty musings, shaping a distinct identity often associated with the Varma household.

A Mentor’s Influence: Shaping a Writer

During the launch, Varma credited SK Mishra, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, for igniting his passion for writing. Mishra’s guidance and encouragement, particularly during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, played a pivotal role in Varma’s journey from a civil servant to a prolific author.

A Chronicle of Hinduism: From Ancient Scriptures to Modern Realities

Varma’s latest offering delves deep into the annals of Hinduism, tracing its evolution from the sacred verses of the Rig Veda to its contemporary manifestations in the Republic of India. Drawing insights from diverse religious texts such as the Mahabharata, Upanishads, and more, Varma weaves a comprehensive narrative elucidating the rich tapestry of Hindu philosophy and culture.

Exploring Cultural Expansion: Influence Beyond Borders

The book meticulously explores the dissemination of Indian cultural ethos across Southeast Asia and beyond, illuminating the profound impact of Hinduism on global spiritual discourse. Through the narratives of revered figures like Guru Nanak, Saint Kapila, Mirabai, and others, Varma elucidates the enduring influence of Hindu thought and spirituality on diverse societies.

Ram Varma’s “Hinduism: From Rig Veda to the Republic” stands as a testament to his relentless pursuit of knowledge and his enduring commitment to unraveling the complexities of Hindu philosophy. With meticulous research and insightful commentary, Varma offers readers a compelling journey through the corridors of time, illuminating the timeless relevance of Hinduism in a rapidly evolving world.


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