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193? Figure JEHAN WARLIKER Prince Seesodia of India Jehan Warliker — Authority on India, Her People and Her Problems AMERICANS have always been interested in India, the seat of one of the earliest civilizations of which we have any record. With the present unrest in India, with the newspapers constantly filled with news of happenings there, it is wise for lecture committees to secure a speaker who can present the truth about India and her people not only in an authoritative but in an entertaining manner as well. Jehan Warliker has been doing this for several seasons in the United States. He has the background, the feelings and the culture of the best of the Hindu people. To this is added a western point of view, gained because of his unusual education and experiences in early life. He presents a truthful picture of India. Mr. Warliker was born in India of Hindu parents, descendants of the Princely Clan of Seesodia. His mother died when he was six months old, and his father believed that if he were to take him to England and have him brought up as an English gentleman that such an up-bringing would better fit him for the fulfilling of his duties or a careeer in India when he reached manhood. Educated in England Warliker was first placed in the care of an English nurse, subsequently with a private tutor in his family, and afterwards educated at the Headmaster's House Harrow-on-the-Hill, Cambridge, London University, and the Bar Middle Temple Inn, where he graduated in Arts and Law. At the age of three, his nurse, without the sanction of his father, had him baptized into the Church of England. During his twenty years stay in England, Warliker was brought up in the Christian faith, amidst English associations, among English schoolboys and young men, adopting their manners, codes and ethics, playing their games and sports. On his return to India he found that his English training had imbued him with English thoughts, English customs, ideals, and outlook, and he felt that he could not assimilate Indian customs and ideals. He refused to embrace Hinduism. Studies His Native Land His Christian beliefs, his English accent and manners alienated the sympathy of his family whom he scarcely knew. He did not understand them and was in turn misunderstood. He left them and for several years traveled around India, studying the philosophic thought and religions of his country, studying the traditions and customs of his people gaining an insight into, an understanding of, and a great sympathy for the national ideals and aspirations of his race. His travels and his investigations in India coupled with his western training convinced him that his country with her vast man-power and natural resources, if properly developed, could become the greatest nation in the world. Knows About Business and Industry He studied the effect of the British rule in India, her fiscal and financial policy, her administration of law and order, system of Government, the growth of industries, education, export and imports,—everything that would be of national importance to his country. For some years he was attached in an executive capacity to one of the largest industrial corporations in India and on leaving them in 1928, he came to the United States and has been giving a series of lectures about his native land. His education and culture, enriched by travel over nearly two-thirds of the globe, his philosophical knowledge, his western training and practical business experience, have given him a rare background for a unique presentation of his subjects, free from sentiment and prejudice. The consensus of opinion of organizations he has addressed is: Mr. Warliker is a cultured gentleman, an orator of great ability, who, in a powerful, resonant, harmonious voice, couched in fluent and exquisite English, frequently interspersed with rich humor, presents a fascinating and truthful picture of conditions and life prevailing in present-day India with absolute impartiality and justice, neither glossing her defects nor exaggerating her virtues. THE WARLIKER LECTURES A Panorama of India India—to some a land of Romance and Mystery—to others a vale of Sorrow and Tears. In this talk Mr. Warliker deals solely with the India of today. He explains her religious thought which has so much coloured her national life and stifled her progress. With absolute impartiality he discusses if India has benefited from Great Britain's tutelage and argues pro and con why India could be given Dominion status. He tells us something of Yoga, describes the self-imposed tortures of the Yogis, such as Living Death, Bed of Nails, etc., which the Sadhus (Ascetics) practice in their striving for world-renunciation and Maya (illusion). Among many other interesting anecdotes he refers to Mahatma Ghandi, his ideals, influence and policy for the regeneration of India, and terminates with an expression of his own personal opinion of what the fundamental is in American life which has caused her to forge ahead, while India with vast natural resources, diversified races and climate, and three times the population, is for the most part sunk in Medievalism. India and Her World Relations This lecture describes mainly the internal conditions of India—social, economic, and industrial. Under the social is discussed drink, drugs, education, etc. Under the economic is discussed the fiscal policy, natural resources and their exploitation. Under the industrial is discussed trade and commerce. India leads the world in the jute industry, she is the fourth greatest in cotton. She has proved to the Secretary General of the League of Nations that she is the eighth greatest industrial state in the world and has thereby become one of the original signatories to the Treaty of Versailles. Her growing exports of hides, tallows, manganese and other raw materials have given her a stake in, and will make her an important factor in, the economic markets of the world. Indian Life and Thought There is scarcely a point in common in the the life of orthodox Hindus and the life of Westerners. This lecture describes the typical life, family and social, of the majority of Hindus and explains the customs and traditions by which they are ruled. It explains the caste system, the Untouchables, the child-marriages, Purdah, Devidasis (girls dedicated to the temple) and the symbolism of the gods and temples. It is a fascinating, contemplative picture of a philosophic yet simple people, somewhat steeped in medievalism,—elemental rather than primitive. JEHAN WARLIKER World Traveler and Lecturer Indian Women Poets In almost every country, in almost every period of history, the influence of women has been profound and powerful, and this is true also of India of the past and India of today. It is in the poet, man or woman, that can discover the deepest secret of any people and the ideals they have hidden in their hearts. This lecture deals with the women poets because so many people think that Indian women are debarred from all liberty of thought and self-expression. From the modern poetry of Mrs. Sarojini Naidu, Tara Dutt, eulogised by Edmund Gosse and several others, you will travel over the widely scattered plains of India, through a bewildering variety of ages, hearing the voices of Princess Zeb-un-Nissa, Mira Bai of the 13th century, the Buddhist Nuns and their Psalms of the Sisters, back to 4,000 years ago when the voices of wise women were heard in the forests at the councils of the Risis discussing the meaning of Brahma, the Creator, back almost to the very dawn of civilization. Fatalism or Freedom This lecture, from a review of scientific observation and theory, from a review of Eastern and Western philosophic thought, endeavours to express in plain language to what extent do we control our environment, and to what extent are we controlled by our environment. We see such disparities in individuals, some successful, others failures, some renowned for good and noble deeds, others notorious in their viciousness and depravity. Few of us are alike in character or temperament. Are we responsible for our actions? Do we cause our own success or failure? Is there such a thing as Luck, or is there a Destiny which guides our lives? Some Comments on the Warliker Lectures DAYTON TEACHERS' CLUB—The Dayton Teachers' Club was highly pleased with the address given by Jehan Warliker. He gave us an inspiration which, I am sure, will be lasting. His beautiful flow of English and his gentlemanly bearing was highly commended by the Club. Without a doubt, he has given us the finest lecture we have had in the past three years.—Emerson H. Landis, President. INDIANAPOLIS TEACHERS' CLUB—I heard Jehan Warliker twice yesterday before the same body of teachers; teachers who last year, of their own initiative, went into their pockets for $1200.00 and secured the best and for themselves established a high standard. Mr. Warliker met all the requirements. He is good looking, his mind is alert. He is English educated and that guarantees breadth and sanity. His description is one hundred percent plus, given with a diction that is a joy forever. He is without maudlin sentiment for his own country. In a contest between Britain and India he could judge with rare insight and fairness. If people want a picture of India that is adequate and authoritative with lines clearly drawn with a resulting harmonious whole,—here is your man Jehan Warliker.—Wm. H. Stout. ELMIRA, N. Y. FORUM—Mr. Warliker's address before our Sunday evening Forum was a masterpiece. In my ten years' experience with this work I can frankly say we have had very, very few speakers who approach his ability to captivate and interest an audience. He spoke to fully 1200 people, who, except for repeated applause, were silent in rapt attention for more than an hour.—A. G. Cornwell. GREENVILLE, OHIO, ROTARIANS AND TEACHERS—To say that Jehan Warliker made good would be expressing it mildly. He is not only an excellent speaker but a most charming gentleman. He had, without a doubt, a very difficult audience to address, being composed of a group of very conservative Rotarians and their wives and the teachers of the city schools. Mr. Warliker held their close attention for one hour and forty minutes. After the meeting, a group of the fellows joined him and me at my home where he entertained us in a most interesting manner until long after midnight.—C. A. Waltz. Figure WORLD CELEBRITIES Bringing the World to Your Door Management THE NEILSON BUREAU Highland Building PITTSBURGH, PA.
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