Sister Nivedita to the Women of Modern India

We recently celebrated the 156th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita on 28 October 2023. One of the important messages of this extraordinary disciple of Swami Vivekananda was for the women of future India. Though this message is nearly a century old

Not Fair to Equate Religion with Caste: Insights from Swami Vivekananda

Perhaps we are once again at that historic juncture where religion has to bear the brunt for the existence of social evils such as caste system. India was at such a juncture during the social reform movements of the late nineteenth century. We can ge

Sister Nivedita and India’s Freedom Struggle

As we recently completed 75 years of Indian independence and will also observe the 155th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) on 28 October, it is time to uncover a not-so-well-known part of the history of our freedom struggle—Sister Ni

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Economic Planning in India

In the past few decades, public discussion on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been so mired in the controversy around his death that we forgot to pay attention to his life. Netaji’s contribution to the Indian national movement is in any case under r

Concentration: An Important Component in Swami Vivekananda’s Idea of Education

Tomes have been written on Swami Vivekananda’s concept of education. Pages have been filled with his quotations related to education. But have any of them been worked out on the ground? There could be individual or local instances, but we do not ye

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

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