Son of Hindi: Kamil Bulke’s ‘Hindi research’ was the first in independent India, the monk came to India from Belgium and revolutionized – न्यूज़लीड India

Son of Hindi: Kamil Bulke’s ‘Hindi research’ was the first in independent India, the monk came to India from Belgium and revolutionized


reached India at the age of 26

Actually, language lovers are well aware of the Hindi love of Father Kamil Bulke, who came to India from Belgium to research ‘Ram Katha’, but despite this, there are some personalities whose stature seems bigger than life. On one such occasion Ashutosh Rana said,

Didn’t know when it got stature
I was a plant, today it has become a banyan

Actually, Kamil Bulke reached India in November 1935 at the age of just 26 years. His earlier journey was also very interesting.

113 years ago in Ram's temple birth

113 years ago in Ram’s temple birth

Bulke was born on 1 September 1909 in the village of Rumskapalle, Belgium. In the local language, Ramskapelle means temple of Rama. On 20 October 1935, when Father Bulke was leaving for India, the whole village had come to see him off. Before that, after studying in European countries, in 1934 Kamil Bulke was given the title of Brother by the Christian religious leaders of Belgium and after getting the job of preaching, he decided to come to India.

Tulsidas and Bulke's relationship

Tulsidas and Bulke’s relationship

Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas played a big role behind the decision to come to India. Father Bulke was not the first Jesuit monk to come to India from Belgium, but he was certainly the most unique. Jesuit means Christian society. Sitting with the children in the class, learned Hindi in the school of Gumla (at that time a place in the state of Bihar). Along with Hindi, Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Braj languages ​​were also learned.

most used hindi

most used hindi

Later, remembering the days of Gumla, he wrote, I see in which country the education system started by Lord Macaulay to run the British Raj has reached its destination. All the languages ​​of India are neglected. Educated and wealthy people are competing to become Englishmen. Here is the plight of the most used Hindi, but I can reach people only by learning a language. Due to Hindi love and scholarship, Bulke was also a life member of Bihar Rashtrabhasha Parishad in unified Bihar.

Bulke should study Hindi-Sanskrit in which college?

In which college to study Bulke Hindi-Sanskrit

Kamil Bulke, who reached St. Columbus College (now in Jharkhand) to study Hindi and Sanskrit, took admission. Within a few days, Kamil Bulke studied many texts of Tulsidas. Apart from this, studied Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Valmiki Ramayana, Mahabharata and Vedic literature. In Belgium, he read a quadruple of Tulsidas in German, after which he became a fan of Tulsidas.

Blessed Janami Jagteel Tasu
Father Pramod Charit Suni Jasu

Role of Tulsidas in coming to India

Role of Tulsidas in coming to India

Father Kamil Bulke wrote about it in the coming days that despite reading literature of many languages, such a high ideal of father-son relationship was not found in any other language, it changed the direction of my life and also chose my land of work. Mother-son relationship has been discussed a lot in world literature, but only the devotional poet Tulsidas of India could have explained the father-son relationship, perhaps this chaupai brought me to India.

BA studies in Calcutta

BA studies in Calcutta

Arrived in Darjeeling in 1939. Religion started. Four years later he became a father. Dharmasadhana was to be held in Tamil Nadu. Reached Tamil Nadu in 1944. In 1944, he wrote a letter to Dr. Dhirendra Verma, Head of Hindi Department in Allahabad University. Told them that I have come to India from Belgium for religious service. Interested in Hindi language. I want to do MA from Allahabad, please guide. When there was no reply for months, Acharya met Ramchandra Shukla in Banaras. Impressed by knowledge, Acharya suggested to complete Dharmasadhana. After completing his sadhana, he graduated in Sanskrit and Hindi from Calcutta. After that reached Allahabad.

meet literary stalwarts

meet literary stalwarts

The head of the Hindi department asked Bulke, you are a foreigner, how will you do it. It is not easy to do MA. Kamil Bulke asked to take the test. Asked to translate Vinay Patrika. Professor Dhirendra was shocked. He had never seen such a wonderful translation. After that he got admission in MA. Allahabad was a big literary center, so he wanted to do research from Allahabad itself. In Allahabad, he met the stalwarts of Hindi literature.

History made in Allahabad, D. Phil degree

History made in Allahabad, D. Phil degree

Professor Verma, a fan of Father Kamil Bulke’s talent, inspired him to do research. A conversation took place between the two. The topic of research was decided as ‘Ram Katha’. There is a side of compassion in the Ramayana. It is also in Christianity, the grandeur of Rama’s character and the ease with which it appeals to him. Also studied Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, intellectual scriptures, texts related to Shaivism of Kashmir. Got the degree of D.Phil in 1949.

Father Bulke is not deterred by his resolve

Father Bulke is not deterred by his resolve

However, when Father Kamil Bulke, who had initially come to do research at Allahabad University, decided to do research in Hindi language, it was not easily approved. Actually, it was mandatory to do research work in English in India of that period. However, Father Bulke did not waver from his resolve. After a long debate in the Academic Council, Father Kamil Bulke submitted the first dissertation of independent India in Hindi language.

  Padma Bhushan Award in 1974

Padma Bhushan Award in 1974

According to Dr. Suryanarayan, Assistant Professor of Allahabad University, Bulke started the tradition of research in Hindi, even the then Head of the Department, Professor Verma, had to submit research papers in English only. The dissertation, titled ‘Ram Katha Genesis and Development’, was later published in the form of a book. The second edition of Bulke’s Ram Katha was published in 1962 and many more later. In 1951, the Government of India gave him the citizenship of India. He received the Padma Bhushan in 1974 for his incomparable contribution in the field of literature and education.

Victims of Hindi politics after independence

Victims of Hindi politics after independence

Regarding Hindi, Father Bulke said, I love Hindi as much as my mother tongue, Flemish. I want to see the Constitutionally recognized official language on his throne. As long as Hindi does not get respect in his house, no one will ask outside. After independence, Hindi became a victim of politics. In a democracy, everyone is concerned about their votes. The pride of the country is on the margins. English has become a threat to the existence of not only Hindi but all the languages ​​of India.

Baba Bulke's mouth-spoken daughter in Bihar

Baba Bulke’s mouth-spoken daughter in Bihar

In 1982, at the age of 73, Father Bulke had Gagarin. Admitted to AIIMS, Delhi. His mouth-spoken daughter Bhupendra Kalsi tells that Bulke used to say in his last days, “I want to die in this country. According to Indian culture, if I am reborn, I would like to take birth in this country. I will go to heaven and first meet Tulsidas, then my mother.” – I’ll see my father.”

400 hours are needed, even if the legs are cut, there is no sorrow

400 hours are needed, even if the legs are cut, there is no sorrow

Bulke’s devotion to Hindi, struggling with a deadly disease like Gagarin, was such that he found the Bible and the gutka edition of Tulsidas’s Vinay Patrika under the pillow on a hospital bed. Bulke had marked several places in the Bible. They wanted to complete the translation. They used to say that 400 more hours are needed. Even if the legs are cut, there is no sorrow. If the eyes and hands are fine, then I will complete the remaining work.

spent most of my life in ranchi

spent most of my life in ranchi

Belgian-born Jesuit and eminent Hindi scholar Bulke came to India as a young ascetic. Father Bulke spent most of his life at St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi. Bulke, who breathed his last at AIIMS in 1982, was considered the architect of modern Hindi literature beyond cultures. His major contributions include the creation of literature based on the epics of Lord Rama, the English Hindi dictionary and literary works on the uniqueness of Goswami Tulsidas.

Bulke fell asleep 40 years ago

Bulke fell asleep 40 years ago

Baba Bulke passed away on 17th August 1982 at eight in the morning. The feeling of attachment to Hindi is that Tulsidas’ line ‘Agya sam na susahib seva’ was written on his grave. The tomb of Father Kamil Bulke, located in present-day Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, was built by the Ranchi Jesuit Society. His memories are saved in Manresa House. It would not be wrong to say that the ‘son of Hindi’ who came to India from the ‘Ram Mandir’ of Belgium will continue to inspire crores of Indians for years.

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