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

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 from China

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” 1, he

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 anniversary of Swami Viv

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