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BEGINNING OF THE ERA OF ASIANISM?

Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Japan could be more than a visit to a friendly nation. It has a potential to unlock civilisational synergies   There is news that among his first visits abroad the Prime Minister of India has decided to include Japan. For those of us who wish …

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TAKING A LEAF OUT OF OUR GRAND HISTORY

When a man who is our next Prime Minister espouses ideals that the Mahatma and C Rajagopalachari stood for and promoted, it is time to give him a chance Respected Shri Gopal Gandhiji, Though an ordinary and unknown Indian, I have gathered courage to address you an open letter primarily …

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THE SYMBOLISM AND HISTORY OF VARANASI

In the consciousness of India, this city symbolises a seat of great civilisational churning which throws up new directions, leaders of new thought and of new epochs Varanasi has, in the last few days, assumed a certain centrality in the national political discourse. In the Indian civilisational experience Varanasi continues …

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BHARATIYATA AND ITS MANIFESTATIONS

The spirit of Indianness finds expressions in many ways. But for the biased and the blinded, it has been reduced to symbolism and is exploitable When Mirra Alfassa (The Mother) of Pondicherry (now Puducherry) declared that India was her “true country, the country of my soul and spirit” and that …

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INDIA MUST REALISE ITS DESTINY NOW

The country is yet to be comfortable with her culture and civilisation, and seriously engage in uplifting its people out of a long phase of deprivation and scarcity A few days ago, a motley group of activists and academics of the Left and extreme Left persuasion came together to issue …

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SUCCESS STORIES OF ANCIENT INDIA

It is good that the political discourse has at last gradually begun to move us nearer to our true and essential political and cultural self On a visit to southern India last week, I crossed the small town of Utthiramerur in the district of Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. A nondescript …

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NOSTALGIA MUSTN’T DEFINE NALANDA

The study of the evolution of Indic civilisation, and how it influenced a number of spiritual movements across the world, is what a university of this kind must advance The governing idea behind the revival of Nalanda University should not merely be to promote ‘international understanding’, which in any case …

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DIFFUSING NATURE OF CULTURAL BOMBS

India’s cultural icons must be effectively reached out to and rediscovered in the present struggle to narrate the new story of a changing India  Kenyan thinker, author and a leading voice of Africa’s cultural struggle, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, in his celebrated book, Decolonising the Mind (1981), has talked about the ‘cultural …

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TOXIC RESIDUES OF MACAULAYISM

The sharp protests against Wendy Doniger’s convoluted and confused reading of the history of Hindu religion are justified Writing on October 12, 1836, Thomas Babington Macaulay gleefully informed his father that their schools were “flourishing wonderfully” and that the “effect of this education on Hindoos is prodigious” because “no Hindoo …

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NEITHER HONOURABLE NOR GOOD FOR SOCIETY

To offer the crutch of minority status to the Jain community which has excelled in most fields of human action, is to belittle its achievements The Eastern phalanx at the World’s Parliament of Religion at Chicago in September 1893 was a formidable one. Against every Western and missionary onslaught on …