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THE MAN WHO BETRAYED TAGORE

For a public intellectual, who professes to have internalised Rabindranath Tagore’s worldview, Amartya Sen’s refusal to accept that he has miserably failed in shaping and nurturing the one project entrusted to him, shows his own diminishing capacities of rational judgement Upon approaching a certain age, the Bharatiya civilisational philosophy stipulates …

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The First Step Towards De-mythifying Nehru

When he had just been two years in office, Prime Minister Nehru once wrote to a close colleague expressing a view which would, 15 years later, in a sense define the decadent political legacy he would eventually leave behind. “I have repeatedly made a mess of things, but, I hope, …

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REFRESHING VIEW FROM PRISM OF INDIAN ETHOS

A batch of students at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, prepared a detailed report on ‘Governance and Policy for Ganga Rejuvenation’. It was a laudable effort When a number of ‘Ivy League’ universities in the West and their academic cartels are …

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OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

India’s civilisational message and approach to civilisations of Central Asia has been one of true partnership, respect for and enrichment of diversities and the perpetuation of essential civilisational identities. Modi’s Central Asia focus is an occasion to cement such a relationship  Central Asia, which was always central to civilisational India …

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Why Syama Prasad Mookerjee Is Relevant Today

One of the starkest manifestations of the Nehruvian consensus has been the marginalisation, in our national discourse, of non-Nehruvian or non-Congress leaders, both of thought and of politics. These were the leaders who challenged Nehru’s political methods and direction; the ones who dared to evolve an alternative framework for national …

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WHEN CIVILISED FREEDOM DIED

So intricately designed is the miasma of deception or so complete has been the control of the system by the intellectual cheerleaders of those who carried out the Emergency, that its history was hardly ever taught. It is essential to introduce a study on the Emergency June 25 to June …

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All About Yoga and the Civilisational Debate

Historian H G Rawlinson made a crucial observation in his study on Indian historical studies (1931) which not only continues to remain relevant in the current academic and civilisational discourse in India, but also seeks redress. “Under the system in vogue in most Indian universities,” observed Rawlinson, “the student knows …

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OPENING ANCESTRAL TREASURE TROVE

When one talks of Indianising education, one fundamentally argues for recovering that harvest of the past and for re-stating it authentically in the present context through a rejection of insular modernity It is the effects of a prolonged exposure to a non-Indianised education system which sees a volume on the Makers …

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Modi at 365 : The re-emergence of India as a Civilizational state

No other Government in post-independent India’s history has faced as much scrutiny in its first year in office as has or is facing the Narendra Modi led Government. Perhaps Atal Behari Vajpayee’s NDA I faced a similar scrutiny in its first year but yet that came nowhere near to what …

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ON THE FRINGE, UNFAIRLY, FOR LONG

It is indeed a deeply ironical reality that the idea of India, which is referred to ad nauseam, has actually been a deeply selective idea of India which has thrived on marginalising those whose thoughts, actions or views did not conform to a certain ideological pattern or worldview A significant …

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