Category: Articles on India

Mahatma Gandhi at 150 Years

  Mahatma Gandhi remains the most well known and respected figure of modern India and its Independence Movement. His spiritual approach to political activism has influenced the entire world, including the civil rights movement in the United States through Dr. Martin Luther King. Yet while many people know about Gandhi, few understand what he represented

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The Aryan-Dravidian Divide Is A Political Myth

Traveling throughout India, including much time in the south, I have been trying to make sense of the proposed Aryan-Dravidian divide, and the call for a pure Dravidian culture that one hears in Tamil Nadu. The first thing one notices is that the most pure Sanskrit names are found in Tamil Nadu, extending to Dravidian

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How India can establish Ram Rajya today

Let us embrace the cause of Dharma on earth and give up the conflict and duality caused by adharma Sri Rama is the ideal ruler whose image has dominated the long history of India from the earliest era. He is the avatar of Dharma, which is right action, holding to truth and duty as supreme,

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Bhagavad Gita as India’s National Book

Dharma is not a matter of dogma, but of doing the best possible in any given situation, however difficult. The Bhagavad Gita remains the book that can be best described as India’s national book. For thousands of years, up to the present, the Gita has been the most popular, commonly read, widely translated and commented

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How Swami Vivekananda transformed global spirituality

Swami Vivekananda brought Yoga, Vedanta and Hinduism to the world as part of a global spiritual transformation from outer religious beliefs to inner spiritual practices, allowing each individual to discover the higher truth within his or her own nature. To understand the monumental impact of Swami Vivekananda’s memorable speech at the World Parliament of Religions

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Why Swami Vivekananda Still Matters

Swami Vivekananda taught us how to realize the universal consciousness beyond time and space within our own minds and hearts. Modern India rests upon the inspiration that Swami Vivekananda awakened over a hundred years ago. His life and teachings became the spirit that infused the country’s independence movement and proclamation of self-rule, not only at

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Reawakening Indic Thought

India achieved its political independence in 1947, but did not establish the necessary intellectual independence to go along with it and effectively take the country forward.   It is not that t India’s Independence Movement had not demonstrated an awakening of India’s own cultural values and intellectual traditions. On the contrary, India’s Independence Movement was

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Why Indian intellectuals need to study more Vedanta

India for centuries has had the most rigorous, profound and insightful intellectual traditions in the world, the great system of Vedanta. Vedanta was the basis of the training for many of the greatest minds of India from ancient to modern times, from Krishna to Shankara to Swami Vivekananda. Yet Vedanta is more than a mere

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India in the Post-Secular Era

  As the darkness of this contrived and manipulative view of secularism gets removed, there is now the space for India to emerge once more as a nation, culture, and civilization in its own right.   The era during which the Nehruvian idea of secularism dominated India’s political discourse and dictated the country’s national narrative

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