Hamid Ansari releases book Prithvi Sukta

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday released a book "Prithvi Sukta" written by Rajya Sabha Secretary N C Joshi.

Addressing the gathering, Ansari said Prithvi Sukta, which is part of the Atharvaveda is in the tradition of hymns to the forces of nature contained in a chronologically much earlier work, the Rigveda.

The Atharvaveda, and its Prithvi Sukta, has an entire hymn of 63 verses dedicated to the earth. "This speaks of a rare dedication to a subject of immense interest and that was his labour of love for over a decade," Ansari said.

While Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh has written the foreword, space scientist and ISRO K Kasturirangan has written the introduction.