Linguist and grammarian Pabitra Sarkar has been chosen by the imperial Japanese government for its third highest civilian honour. Former PM Manmohan Singh, scientist CNR Rao and “Metro Man” E Sreedharan are the only Indians to have received the honour. This is the first time that the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays will be coming to Bengal.
The decision was announced in Tokyo on Tuesday morning and the Japanese Consulate was informed of the choice simultaneously, so that the recipient can be informed. Sarkar has been chosen for his contribution towards furthering Indo-Japan friendship through his literary activities, which started way back in 70s. He has visited Japan several times and worked on projects with the Tokyo University trying to establish linguistic similarities between Bengali and Japanese.
Though he hasn’t mastered the Japanese language, Sarkar has translated plays and other literary works from that language into Bengali, with the help of Japanese scholars. Right from his days as faculty at Jadavpur University to vice chancellor at the Rabindra Bharati University, Sarkar is known to have groomed Japanese students, who came to Kolkata on scholarships to study Tagoreana.
Source: Times Of India