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Swami Vivekananda’s Idea of Service
What is the concept of service? Swami Vivekananda says: “This is the gist of all worship — to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva; and if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary.” The idea that service of the poor is akin to worshiping the God. The idea is deeply ingrained in Indian spiritual thinking. Quoting Swami Vivekananda: “If you want to find God, serve man. To reach Narayana you must serve the Daridra Narayanas – the starving millions of India…”
Research and Development Reforms
Iconic slogans evolve with time, reflecting changing aspirations and needs of society in general and the political leadership in particular. Lal Bahadur Shastri’s famous ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ cry had been tweaked to ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan’ by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given it a further mandate, by adding ‘Jai Anusandhan’.
Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016-Implications for Assam
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (CAB) has created a division in Assam along historical fault lines. The differences hark back to the language riots of 1960-61, and then again in 1972, with violent conflicts between the entire Assamese and the Hindu Bengalis and with those killed in the clashes/police firing being raised to the status of ‘martyrs’.
CAB 2016: Home Minister Assures Assam on Sharing of Burden
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while introducing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) in Lok Sabha mentioned, and rightly so, that the entire country will share the burden of refugees and it will not be Assam’s responsibility alone to give shelter to the persecuted minorities from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who came to India before 2014.
Gandhi and the Question of Racism: The Statue Controversy in Ghana
With the gaining of Independence from the Britishers in 1957, the Gold Coast of Africa came to be known as Ghana with Accra as its capital. The country lies in the western part of Africa, in the Gulf of Guinea; bordered by Togo, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso. India and Ghana have shared a warm and cordial relation, as the foundation of their association was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru and Kwame Nkrumah.
Bangladesh : Leveraging its Locational Advantage
India and Bangladesh recently made history. After years of discussion and negotiations the first land and air transshipment between them finally took place towards the end of 2018. The first bonded container 4.41 tonne cargo from Bangladesh moved through the Benapole land border into India through the Petrapole border to head towards Kolkata airport for air freight to Europe.
Status of India-China Relations: Report from a Field Visit to Chinese Think Tanks
A multi-think tank scholars’ delegation from India visited China in the end of November, 2018. During the seven day visit, the delegates extensively interacted with a number of premier Chinese think thanks in Beijing, Haikou, and Guangzhou, discussing and deliberating upon issues ranging from the international trade war, the Indo-Pacific, terrorism in South Asia, to developments in the South China Sea, and people to people relations.
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