Historical and Civilisational Studies
India’s Role in Emerging Paradigm: A talk with Ma. P. Parameshwaranji, President of Vivekananda Kendra

Salient excerpts of the speech by Ma. P. Parameshwaranji, President of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari at Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi on 25th October 2010. Paradigm is among those alien idioms which enter our discourse carrying certain baggages with them and limit and condition our thinking. They force us to restructure our thinking, mind set and traditional and inborn character. Being in regular contact with other cultures and nations, this is inevitable. Moreover, unlike in the past now changes are cataclysmic.

The Ayodhya debate was unnecessary a talk by Shri. Koenraad Elst

The Ayodhya debate was unnecessary: Koenraad Elst The talk ‘Ayodhya Verdict : How the History will judge it?’ was delivered by Shri Koenraad Elst, the noted indologist and historian, at Vivekananda International Foundation on 14th December 2010 as part of its monthly talk series Vimarsha. The function was presided by Shri. K.N. Bhat, the eminent lawyer who represented the Ram Lala Virajman, (the deity at Ayodhya temple), in the Ayodhya title suit in Allahabad High court.

Sarasvati: A Symbol of the Sacredness of the Indian Civilisation

Michel Danino, the well known author of the "Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati" gave a fascinating presentation on the archeological and geological evidence regarding the existence of this once mighty river that was the life stream of the Indian Civilisation. It stands out as a unifying thread of connectivity in the ebb and flow of the unique civilisation of India. This talk was a part of the" Civilisational and Historical Studies" that are a core project of the VIF. The fascinating presentation left the audience enthralled.

Arunachal has world’s largest Shivlingam

Alluding to a prophecy in the Shiv Puran, former Arunachal MP and Congress leader Kiren Rijuju on Saturday said that the world’s largest Shivlingam has been discovered in the state. “The discovery of more than 22 feet tall lingam was made a few years back in Ziro,” he said, hoping that it should become a major tourist destination. Rijuju and other speakers at the discussion “Arunachal: Land of Rising Sun” highlighted the state’s formidable cultural ties with the rest of India as they fielded a series of questions.

4th Netaji Subhash Memorial Lecture

The fourth in the Annual Netaji Subhash Memorial lecture series on Netaji’s birth anniversary – January 23 was organized at FICCI on 23 Jan 2010 by Netaji Subhash Bose – INA Trust with active support from Vivekananda International Foundation, Rashtriya Jagriti Sansthan, Patriots Forum, and Institute for Conflict Management. The issue in focus was ‘India’s Strategic Challenges and its State of Preparedness to Defend Vital National Interests’.

Inauguration of VK Bhawan and Vivekananda International Foundation

Vivekananda International Foundation and Vivekananda Kendra Bhawan were inaugurated on December 1, 2009 by Mata Amritananda Mayi and Justice M N Venkatachaliah, the former Chief Justice of India. P. Parameshwaran, the President of Vivekananda Kendra and renowned singer Vani Jayaram were also present during the inauguration ceremony.

Netaji and INA: Key Catalysts of India’s Freedom

A presentation by Major Gen G D Bakshi, Deputy Director (Research), VIF Major Gen G D Bakshi deliberated on ‘Netaji and Indian National Army(INA): Key catalysts of India’s freedom’ with a presentation on 22nd January 2010, the eve of Netaji’s birthday. He explained how the INA played the most important role in liberating India from the British rule.

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