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Recognising the Parakram that lies in Sonar Bangla

It was also a perfect contextualisation of Netaji today, especially at a time when India is moving, in steady steps towards realising self-reliance in various fields. By Anirban Ganguly “Along with dreaming of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Netaji had also dreamt of ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bengal). Come, let us resolve to create …

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Modi redirects our collective attention to Sri Aurobindo

In his Mann Ki Baat on November 29, Prime Minister Modi made a profoundly inspiring reference to Sri Aurobindo. Movingly speaking of the Rishi, PM Modi said, ‘The more we read Sri Aurobindo, the greater is the insight that we get. The more my young friends learn about Sri Aurobindo, …

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Brokering game between the hand and the sickle

On November 19, 1962, when Rajya Sabha was discussing the ‘Situation in NEFA and Ladakh’, the young Chandra Shekhar Singh, who had made his debut in Parliament as a Member of the Upper House representing the Praja Socialist Party (PSP), raised an important point with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He …

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Left and Congress repeatedly fail to see core reasons for their decline

In a long interview, he once gave to a leading Bengali news channel in 2009, late former President of India Pranab Mukherjee made a very interesting observation. He was asked about Left politics in India and how the Left parties were in fact losing support base among the electorate. They …

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Congress being sacrificed to perpetuate a self-obsessed family

The spectre of having to seat in the Opposition for 50 years is anathema to the Congress. In his dense tome, Birth of Non-Congressism, veteran socialist Madhu Limaye described Mrs Indira Gandhi’s attitude towards those who opposed her, especially towards the socialist duo comprising himself and George Fernandes, as “vituperative …

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Regarding China, what Aurobindo saw Nehru could not and now what PM Modi sees Rahul cannot

You mean to say that a man devoted to meditation and contemplation, sitting in one corner of India, said this about the intentions of Communist China as early as 1950? President Kennedy asked… When he was asked a line of thought on the Korean conflict sometime towards the end of …

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Discover inspiring analogies in history to promote Indianness

In exploring this link with Bengal and Gujarat, let us begin with Sri Aurobindo. On the day when Prime Minister Modi, a Gujarati, was reciting Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s hope-instilling immortal poem, ‘Ore Nutan Juger Bhore’, to the people of West Bengal through his address to the Indian Chamber of Commerce …

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Narendra Modi’s India refuses to be echo of any other, any longer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first global leader to publicly call for a fresh look at the contours and narrative of globalisation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first global leader to publicly call for a fresh look at the contours and narrative of globalisation. As the pandemic rages, …

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Reflecting on the Mother’s Life, Legacy and Contribution

In later years, Mirra would come across as the perfect blend of the West and East, and one of the most magnetic interpreters of the East to the West. I was on the boat at sea, not expecting anything… when all of a sudden, unexpectedly, about ten nautical miles from …

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Congress dangerously confused over CAA

We are living in extremely paradoxical times. Savour here one example. We are living in extremely paradoxical times. Savour here one example. Having fanned the fires of violent protests against the historic Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which was introduced and effectuated by Prime Minister Modi’s government and passed by both …