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III – Heraclitus and Nietzsche on War, the Upanishadic view

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“Destruction is always a simultaneous or alternate element which keeps pace with creation and it is by destroying and renewing that the Master of Life does his long work of preservation. More, destruction is the first condition of progress. Inwardly, the man who does not destroy his lower self-formations, cannot rise to a greater existence…”  […]

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II – The elimination and passing of war?

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..A growing register of calamities is the past’s account, the future’s book of Fate: The centuries pile man’s follies and man’s crimes Upon the countless crowd of Nature’s ills; Savitri, Sri Aurobindo Can there be a day when war becomes impossible? For all our dislike of war, and its consequences, is it even conceivable that […]

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I – Can we ever reconcile War ?

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An idiot hour destroys what centuries made… This is the first of a 5-part mini-series that I’d put together on the subject of War. Sometime post 26/11 & the Israel-Hamas flare-up of late 2008, I began asking myself some hard questions, and found no easy answers. I then started reading up & eventually made a […]

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Hindustani and Carnatic music – a unifying essay

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Much of my initial exposure to classical music has been in the Hindustani or Western form, and to me Carnatic has been an ‘other side’,  which I have for a long time not been able to put in perspective. Conversely,  many of my friends who are students of Carnatic face the mirror issue. Descriptions of each of the […]

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On the eve of Jan 26th

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On the eve of Jan 26thIts almost 58 years from when that hotch-potch of a constitution was framed from the constitutions of various other countries*. On this note, here are 3 short essays on India I thought made worthy reading: Taken from Shourie’s “A Secular Agenda – For Strengthening our Country, for Welding it”   […]

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