Last week, the International Encyclopedia of Hinduism was launched, only about 25 years in the making. Begun in the 19802, this was “a big deal” as far as books go, and I found myself inexplicably moved. Milling about the beautiful president’s garden, there were Carolinians and Indians who had worked on the encyclopedia from the beginning, some who had joined recently and others who, like me, had only heard about it.
For me, this was also a great opportunity to meet my new colleagues, Dr. Mari J. Stuart, and Dr. Daniel Stuart, here with Dr. Erin Roberts.
and here a bit closer up:
Professors came, administrators, writers, researchers, even a Swami, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, the founder and chairman of the India Heritage Research Foundation, and the Indian Ambassador to the US:
As was our governor, the first US governor of Asian descent, Nikki Haley.