Historical and Civilisational Studies
Publications
Introduction to Vedic Literature: The Upanishads

On 26 November, VIF organized a lecture on ‘Introduction to Vedic Literature: The Upanishads’ by Prof Shashi Prabha Kumar, Dean, Sri Sankaracharya Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. This is part of the VIF Lecture Series ‘Philosophy for Beginners’.

India’s Musical Footprints in Asia

On 8 October, VIF organized a lecture in the ‘Understanding Indian History & Civilization’ series. Kalamandalam Shri Piyal Bhattacharya, artist, researcher and founder of Chidakash Kalalay in Kolkata, spoke on ‘India’s Musical Footprints in Asia’.

Webinar on “NEP-2020 and STEM Education”

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a milestone document for the growth and development of the nation. Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) has thus taken up issues arising out of the NEP-2020 which have a rather long-term bearing on the country’s development, and organized a series of webinars on the same.

Raja and Praja in the Mahabharata

The Vivekananda International Foundation held a Vimarsh on Raja and Praja in the Mahabharata on 5th October 2020. The speaker was Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council.

The Contemporary Relevance of Swami Vivekananda's Message

The Vivekananda International Foundation held a Vimarsh on 11 September 2020 on The Contemporary Relevance of Swami Vivekananda's Message for the anniversary of the historic speech given by Swami Vivekananda on, 11th September 1893 to the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago. The main speaker for the event was Swami Sarvapriyananda, Minister & Spiritual Leader, Vedanta Society of New York.

Webinar on “NEP-2020 –Towards Holistic Education”

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a milestone document in the context of nation-building. VIF has thus planned to take up, in a series of webinars, issues arising out of the NEP-2020 which have a rather long-term bearing on the country’s development.

Environmental Awareness in the Vedas

A webinar was held on August 26, 2020 where the main speaker, Prof. Shashi Prabha Kumar, Dean, Sri Sankaracharya Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan gave her second lecture in the series, Indian Philosophy for Beginners, organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation. This talk was titled Environmental Awareness in the Vedas.

VIF Book Discussion on ‘Patterns in Past Settlements’ authored by M B Rajani

The Vivekananda International Foundation held a webinar on 20th August 2020 to discuss a book, Patterns in Past Settlements: Geospatial Analysis of Imprints of Cultural Heritage on Landscapes (forthcoming from Springer). The main speaker of the event was the author of this book, Dr. M B Rajani, Associate Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. The purpose of the webinar was to introduce people to the new methodologies being used in archaeological research with the help of modern technologies.

Ayodhya Movement and National Polity

On 13th August 2020, Vimarsh was held through a webinar at VIF, on the topic “Ayodhya Movement and National Polity.” This subject was thoroughly reviewed by Shri S Gurumurthy, Economic & Political Analyst and Chairman, VIF. The Ayodhya movement has been inextricably linked with the national polity for almost five decades now. The Bhoomi Pujan ceremony that was held in Ayodhya on the 5th of August, 2020 marks the beginning of a new narrative for National Polity.

Chikitsa Dharma (Medical Ethics): Insights from Ancient Indian Tradition

The Vivekananda International Foundation held an online discussion on 10th August 2020, on the subject of “Chikitsa Dharma (Medical Ethics): Insights from Ancient Indian Tradition”. The main aim of the discussion was to understand medical ethics in the historical, modern and general context so that India-specific issues such as current perceptions of doctor-patient relationship, approach to treatment of patients, issues faced by both doctors and patients during the pandemic, lack of faith in the medical institutions, the concept of holistic healthcare etc., can be addressed.

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