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Indic Thought Inspiring Great Minds Holds Many Lessons

Seven-odd decades ago when the first atomic bomb was exploded in Los Alamos, Robert Oppenheimer, the diehard physicist who led the project, was struck by what he saw. What dominated Oppenheimer’s mind that point of time when one of the most decisive moments of human history unfolded by was not …

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India Should Take Lead in Cultural Arena of the World

When India’s “Parrot Lady” of 12th century vintage accompanied the PM back from his state visit to Canada, it was deeply symbolic of a civilisational state reclaiming her cultural-civilisational footprints and space. It was profoundly symbolic of India— after centuries of cultural marginalisation—finally stirring to recognise her civilisational-self and to …

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No Dictate Can Dilute Appeal of Motherland Worship

A number of inane debates are being forced on our national life today—debates that would have made Indian revolutionary nationalists and thinkers from the past cast an eye of dismay. None of them, for example, would have ever countenanced the possibility of having a debate on whether ‘Bharat Mata ki …

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India Caught Between Its Remakers and Breakers

It was not surprising to see a bunch of Communist leaders rush to support and speak in favour of a group of students in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, who sloganeered and took out processions advocating secessionism and separatism in India, and the overall destruction of India herself. It was a …

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Shah’s BJP is on a Journey of Recollecting its Roots

The first week of February saw an interesting development in the BJP’s central secretariat in New Delhi—the inauguration of a library for the benefit of the workers, office-bearers and people at large. In fact, ever since Amit Shah took over as BJP president in 2014, he had envisioned the need …

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Macaulay Acolytes Halting Transition of Our Heritage

In his A History of Civilisations, a classic study of the origins and evolutions of civilisations, legendary French historian Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) came up, among other things, with a simple and yet perceptive description of civilisation. “A civilisation”, he wrote, “can be approached, only in the long term, taking hold …

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Intellectuals’ Intolerance Against PM a Class Hatred

Interestingly in 2007, when the self-proclaimed proletarian government of West Bengal fired on farmers who were just trying to protect their lands against seizure in Nandigram and killed more than a dozen—though the report was that many more were killed—most intellectuals in the state remained silent and did not write …

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The Hatred of Congress’ First Family for Modi Will Intensify

It is an interesting phenomenon that a particular political party and its sustaining dynasty continues to be irreconcilable to the fact that it has lost the people’s mandate and has been designated to live without the power that comes with it, at least for five years. The year 2015 has …

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Kala Utsav Hopes to Fuse Culture with Education

Kala Utsav—the festival of arts and culture, a flagship attempt of the Ministry of Human Resource Development that took off in the national capital on December 8, is indeed an effort that not only celebrates the rich cultural and artistic diversity of India but also primarily aspires to integrate culture …

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Intolerance Against Modi, RSS Reeks of Class Hatred

Interestingly in 2007, when the self-proclaimed proletarian government of West Bengal fired on farmers who were just trying to protect their lands against seizure in Nandigram and killed more than a dozen—though the report was that many more were killed—most intellectuals in the state remained silent and did not write …

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Heed JP’s Ignored Legacy to Preserve Democracy

The political leader, whom the Congress party led by Indira Gandhi decided to throw in prison 40 years ago simply because he dared to oppose fascism and the growth of political intolerance and who at an advanced age took the lead in protecting India’s democratic experiment, was also a profound …

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Tapping Civilisational Ties to Avert Historic Crisis

Over 21 countries represented by leading scholars, teachers of spirituality and religion, venerable bhikkus, political leaders and former heads of state converged for the Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environmental Consciousness in New Delhi early this month. Pointing to a deep civilisational challenge or crisis, the initiator …