Counsels from the Life of Swami Vivekananda for the Indian Youth

Pravas Kumar Mishra, Former Additional DG, BSF
Swami Vivekananda was a monk who travelled extensively in the most interior parts of India, which inevitably shaped his conscience about the uniqueness of Indian culture, spirituality and civilisation. He could see the greatness of India even at the

Re-building of Somanath Temple: A Tribute to Sardar Patel and K.M. Munshi

Dr Makkhan Lal, Distinguished Fellow, VIF
Somanath temple came in news in a big way again in the recent months. This was after almost three decades when it was in the news because Mr. Lal Krishna Advani started his Rama Janmabhumi temple rathyatra from Somanath. It was a very s

Swami Vivekananda’s Message for the 21st Century India

Arvind Gupta, Director - VIF
Swami Vivekananda’s 155th birth anniversary is being celebrated throughout the country today. Though already recognized in Bengal for his enlightenment and as a patriotic saint, he burst into international fame at the World Parliament R

An Introduction to the Series ‘History of Ancient India’

Dr Dilip K. Chakrabarti, Editor, VIF History Volumes
The project began in April 2011. The first five volumes were released in December 2013. The titles of these published volumes are the following : (1) Prehistoric Roots, (2) Protohistoric Foundations, (3) The Texts, Political History and Admin

Commentary: Sister Nivedita’s Ideas on Writing Indian History

Dr. Arpita Mitra, Associate Fellow, VIF
“One of the first tasks before the Indian people is the rewriting of their own history.” - Sister Nivedita Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) is one of the most well-known disciples of Swami Vivekananda. She was born as Margaret Elizabeth Nobl

SAMVAD-II: Dialogue for Peace, Harmony and Security - Global Initiative for Conflict Avoidance and Environmental Consciousness

It will be recalled that ‘SAMVAD’ is an initiative of Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) that was borne out of dialogue between the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The purpose was to adopt princ

Engagement and Encounters of Troops from Colonies and Dominions of the British Empire in WW I

Ajay Pratap Singh
Introduction It is because of the Euro-centrism and the dominance of the Realist tradition that the study of empire in international relations has been ignored. Historiography around the imperial nature of war has not been properl

भारतीय सभ्यता और संविधान

RNP Singh, Senior Fellow, VIF
पारंपरिक भारत ही आज के भारत का उद्भव और स्रोत है। यही भारत के अस्तित्व की रीढ़ है। दार्शनिक स्तर

Indian Civilisation and the Constitution

RNP Singh, Senior Fellow, VIF
The traditional India is the origin and source of the India of today. At the existential level it is the backbone of India. In the philosophic plane it is verily its soul. It is visible in the every walk of life, unless the ‘modern’ Indian, blind