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 
Insights from Sri Ramakrishna Indian scriptures and texts contain a rich fund of ideas that can help us navigate through the practical-moral labyrinth of life. Modern saints continue to illumine our minds with insightful solutions to ethical problems. No exception in this respect...

COVID-19 in India: Strategy Has to Address Human Behavior In the wake of the global crisis triggered by the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Jim O’Neill’s comments about Indian governance was not only uncharitable but also uncalled for.1 The discussion was about how Western countries should learn ...

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” ...

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...

Book Reviews 
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality The adoption of 21st June as International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, in response to an India-led resolution with a record high number of co-sponsors, was a landmark event. In this backdrop, it is all the more importa...

Event Reports 
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Revisited: Exploring India’s Soft Power Assets In January 2019, Vivekananda International Foundation organized the seminar Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality to mobilize the Indian repository of ideas—ancient and modern—and ...

Book Discussion on Dilip Chakrabarti’s Ancient Rajasthan On 24 February 2020, VIF organized a book discussion on Prof. Dilip K. Chakrabarti’s latest book Ancient Rajasthan: Research Development, Epigraphic Evidence on Political Power Centres, and Historical Perspectives (New Delhi: Aryan Books Internatio...

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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