Indian Linguistics has been fortunate to receive the attention of some of our best minds in humanities and social sciences. Continuing with the tradition of Isaac Taraporewala, S.K. Chatterji, TPM and S.M. Katre, there have been a number of scholars who have had a very distinguished career and have also made a very significant contribution to the field. Ashok R. Kelkar is one such scholar known for his writings in a number of fields and on a number of languages. For many generations of linguists, Professor Kelkar has been a role model. Many of us interacted with him , When he was an editor of 'Indian Linguistics' - a professional journal that he edited with distinction for a long time. Some know him as a scholar who specialized in Hindi and Urdu. There are others who have been exposed to his work on culture. Some know him mainly as a literary scholar, whereas there are many who associate him with activities in Philosophy of Language. It is difficult to find out what a scholar like Ashok Kelkar is. But it is more difficult to try and discover what he is not, because his work encompasses a vast area in humanities and social sciences. This basket of papers give us a glimpse of the man and the scholar. Some time ago, the idea of creating a web-portal for Kelkar occurred to me while discussing his current pre-occupation sitting in his house in Pune, and I am happy to see that in a few months, it has come to fruition. All credit must go to the author-editor first, who keeps his thoughts as well as papers so well-organized. That made our task very easy. But then, Dr. B. Mallikarjun with his team of research staff at the institute have also worked very hard to ensure that the e-book is ready in a record time. It is also appropriate that Kelkar's e-book is launched on a day we are celebrating both our linguistic unity as well as our rich plurality and diversity - from the platform of the Emeneau International Conference at CIIL, Mysore (Jan 1-4, 2005). We have not forgotten that he was a part of the team that was responsible for creation of this Institution, and this is our small way of showing honor to a scholar of distinction.

The Institute plans to create such web-portals in the public domain for many other major voices of our time - engaged in research activities involving different Indian languages and focusing on different disciplines. This is only a beginning, and I am sure it would receive encouraging response and suggestions from all but would also be a part of important resources that would benefit all future generation of students.

Dec 31, 2004
Udaya Narayana Singh