Arpita Mitra has a PhD in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2015-2017), where she wrote a monograph that critically revisited the debate on Swami Vivekananda’s “Neo-Vedanta”. She specializes in intellectual and religious history and has worked at the interstices of history, philosophy and religious studies. Her research interests are Ramakrishna-Vivekananda studies; Vedanta; history of Hinduism; historical geography of India; history writing in colonial India; and Indian nationalist thought. She has contributed eight entries to the Hinduism section of the Springer Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, articles to journals like Annual Review of Sociology of Religion (Brill) and chapters to edited volumes published by Routledge, D K Printworld, and Aryan Books International. She has also co-edited with Arvind Gupta the volume Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Relevance of Ancient Indian Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality (2020). She is presently Research Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation.

Contributions 
Swami Vivekananda’s Influence on Indian Freedom Fighters Swami Vivekananda’s true place in Indian history, his contribution in the making of modern India has not been duly assessed by Indian historians. It is impossible to fully assess the extent of his impact on the course of national or even world even...

The Islamic Reception of Yoga The history of the Muslim world’s engagement with Yoga spans at least about a millennium. The purpose of this essay is to briefly recount some high points in this history, which will help put in perspective the historical interactions between Islam...

International Day for Monuments & Sites 2020: The Indian Scenario In 1983, the 22nd General Conference of the UNESCO approved the establishment of the International Day for Monuments and Sites by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the only global NGO that works for the conservation and prote...

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 Published / 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 
Indian Philosophy for Beginners VIF has started a new lecture series called ‘Indian Philosophy for Beginners’. Lectures will be given on the Vedas, Upanisads and the Indian schools of philosophy, that will (a) introduce and explain these subjects lucidly to non-experts (mainly ...

Re-conceptualizing Religious History: Archaeological Findings from Itkhori, a Composite Sacred Space VIF organized a talk by Professor Rupendra Kumar Chattopadhyay (Vivekananda Chair Professor of Social Science, University of Calcutta) under the VIF Lecture Series ‘Understanding Indian History & Civilization’. The talk was titled Reconceptual...

The Shared Heritage of Yoga: Ideas and Practices from Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism On the occasion of International Day of Yoga, VIF organized a talk by Professor Christopher Key Chapple (Loyola Marymount University, USA) under the VIF Lecture Series ‘Understanding Indian History & Civilization’. The talk was titled The Shar...

Book discussion on Dharma in Governance authored by Gunjan Pradhan Sinha VIF organized an online book discussion on Dharma in Governance: Towards a Welfare State (Aditya Prakashan, 2018) authored by Gunjan Pradhan Sinha on 21 May 2020. The panel included the author, Prof. Arvind Sharma (McGill University), Col. Pra...

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 ...

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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