Dr. 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 Associate Fellow at the VIF, where she is working on Sister Nivedita and different aspects of Indian history and culture.

Contributions 
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...

Swami Vivekananda and the New Gospel of ‘Manliness’ (This Commentary has been written to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Before the new generation misconstrues, Manliness is truly defined as ‘Purusharth’. - Ed) On the occasion of the 156th birth annive...

Lead, Kindly Light! - The Importance of Teachers in Our Lives India has always bowed in veneration before the teacher. Why? Ancient Indians considered Creation itself a great sacrifice on the part of the Cosmic Being. This act of sacrifice is to be replicated by human beings in all their actions to uphold this ...

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...

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