Arpita Mitra has a doctoral degree in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a Fellow (2015-2017) at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, where she has written a monograph on Swami Vivekananda's 'Neo-Vedanta'. Presently, she is Research Fellow at the VIF, where she is working on Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita and different aspects of Indian history and culture.

Contributions 
Practical Patriotism: Remembering Swami Vivekananda on his 157th birth anniversary In December 1892, Swami Vivekananda was visiting Trivandrum, the capital of the then Princely State of Travancore. This was right before his visit to Kanyakumari, where, during the Christmas of 1892, sitting on “the last bit of Indian rock” ...

The Radhakrishnan Commission’s Recommendations for the Inclusion of Comparative Religion1 On the occasion of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday on 5 September, let us revisit an almost forgotten contribution of his. The man, whose birthday is celebrated as Teacher’s Day, had also served as the Chairperson of the University Education ...

The Universalism of Yoga When 21 June was first declared as International Day of Yoga (IDY), it was accepted warmly by most countries of the world. However, in India, a small section of the intelligentsia was opposed to the idea. Their understanding was that this was an atte...

Contemporary Relevance of Sister Nivedita’s Ideas on Education It is well-known that Sister Nivedita was an educationist by training. Even before she met Swami Vivekananda, Margaret E. Noble had earned a reputation in London as a promising intellectual and educationist. She had started experimenting with novel e...

Occasional Papers 
Sister Nivedita’s Ideas on Indian Nationhood and their Contemporary Relevance … the issue of diversity has been played up in contemporary identity politics to such an extent that it has come to threaten the very fabric of Indian nationhood ... a skewed understanding of the subject perpetuated by the fact that if modern Indi...

Event Reports 
Talk by Ambassador Basant Gupta on Spirituality and International Politics: India’s Role VIF organized a talk by Ambassador Basant Gupta on Spirituality and International Politics: India’s Role on 9 January 2020. The purpose was to cull out strategic insights from our ancient texts. Amb. Gupta spoke about the Bhagavad Gita. He s...

Outreach 
Maya: A Conceptual History Published in in Prabuddha Bharata, Special Issue: Visions of Advaita,125(1), January 2020, pp. 266-275...

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