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The participative democracy of Greek city states

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Greece is not a particularly large nation, being just a tad larger than the state of New York in the US or the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Even within that land-mass, most of it was unoccupied, what we know as ‘Greece’ was essentially a handful of self-sufficient ‘city-states’. And it was the political […]

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On the spirit of Greek art and sculpture

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Where are the Sculptors? Try and name three sculptors – from anywhere. Hard, isn’t it? Amongst the moderns, we may be able to muster the names of Rodin, or Michelangelo. If we previously looked for him, we may have even heard of Phidias, who we are told, was to sculpture what Homer was to poetry. […]

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The Significance of the English Language in India – Amal Kiran

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Amal Kiran (1904-2011), the gifted author of more than 50 books on literature, poetry and history wrote a very valuable essay in the early 1950s on the significance and future of the English language in India.     The Significance of the English Language in India India’s decision to remain a member of the Commonwealth […]

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Man and Woman – forever distinct?

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This is a December few of us will forget. Delhi-ites, Indians and people across the world waited with anxiety and prayer for two whole weeks to see her live. For two whole weeks we felt tragedy upon us, personally, like never before. The outburst of spontaneous, center-less protests continuing to this day amply demonstrate that “..there […]

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On Itihasa, Historicity and Myth – a Dharmic view

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I came across an interesting passage in RM’s book Being Different which I thought was worth reproducing here. The excerpt is from a section called “Itihasa Combines History, Myth and More” in the second chapter Yoga: Freedom from History. Many years ago, I read a few aphorisms by Sri Aurobindo which suggested, among other things, […]

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Ravi Shankar – the Legend

11-12-12. On this day of Ravi Shankar’s passing, I feel deeply grateful for everything that he has done and has been to India, to Shastriya sangeet, and to World music, and of course to the countless people he inspired over the past 7 decades. It was only a few years ago, after reading his utterly […]

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The concentric spread of Indian culture

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his is a very interesting passage from Malhotra’s book ‘Being Different’, taken from a chapter called Non-translatable Sanskrit versus Digestion. This is perhaps some of the content that ought to have been part of our history exploration at school – how cultures spread, interact, and develop. The final bit below is a short examination of […]

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The Real Gandhi – impressions of a tribute

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  Amal Kiran (1904-2011), the gifted author of more than 50 books on literature, poetry and history penned a tribute to Gandhi in the 1950s titled ‘The Real Gandhi – An impartial estimate of his Greatness”. In all my readings on Gandhi and his life story, I have not seen a finer tribute and assessment […]

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Indian influence on ancient Lithuania

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I just discovered that ‘back in the day’, Vedic culture existed even in – hold your breath.. Lithuania. I had to look up where Lithuania was to derive some meaning out of this finding. It is a tiny country (about half the size of Tamil-Nadu), situated all the way near the Baltic sea and having fewer […]

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The extraordinary relevance of August 15 in world history

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Why is today that special? Is there something more to it than its being India’s independence day? Amal Kiran, in his brilliant 1950 essay “August 15 – Its World-Significance” observed that there are several “spectacular associations” with this date that make it a date with “momentous implications for the values of civilization”. [Amal Kiran (1904-2011), was […]

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