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Talk on ‘The Role of the Buddhist Master Kumarajiva in India-Chinese Relations’

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a lecture by Dr. Shashibala, Dean at the Centre of Indology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. The topic of the lecture was ‘The Role of the Buddhist Master Kumarajiva in Indo Chinese Relations’. Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director VIF chaired the proceedings. This discussion was envisioned to bring out the contribution of Buddhist Scholar Kumarajiva in shaping and instituting India’s image as a universal cultural leadership and how it has contributed to India-China relations.

Dr. Shashi Bala’s Talk on ‘Silk Route: A Bridge between India and China’

In her fourth lecture of the series, Dr. Bala spoke about the small kingdoms situated on the Silk Routes that connected China and India through a vast expanse of desert. Kashgar as a centre of Vedic learning and Khotan as a centre of Buddhist learning were mentioned with the evidences of archaeological excavations which exemplified the influence of Indian culture along the Silk Route.

UIHC Lecture Series, ‘Hindu Studies in India and Abroad: Problems & Prospects’, by Swami Narasimhananda

Swami Narasimhananda, monastic member, Ramakrishna Math & Mission, and Editor, Prabuddha Bharata, monthly journal of the Ramakrishna Order started in 1896 by Swami Vivekananda, gave a talk on ‘Hindu Studies in India and Abroad: Problems & Prospects’, as part of the VIF Lecture Series Understanding Indian History & Civilization on 15th March 2019.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam:Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality - Conference Proceedings

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. Taking the cue from the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, it was felt that it is important to mobilise our ancient ideas and use them practically and strategically to build an Indian narrative. Prime Minister Modi has highlighted ancient Indian aphorisms such as ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, ‘Sarvajan Hitaya, Sarvajan Sukhaya’ and others on different forums.

UIHC Lecture Series, ‘Debates on Ancient India’ by Prof. Dilip K Chakrabarti

Prof. Dilip K. Chakrabarti, recently awarded with the honour of ‘Padma Shree’, Professor Emeritus of South Asian Archaeology, University of Cambridge and Distinguished Fellow, VIF, gave a talk on ‘Debates on Ancient India’, as part of the VIF Lecture Series Understanding Indian History & Civilization, on 27thth February 2019.

Seminar on ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality’

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organized an important seminar ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Relevance of India’s Ancient Thinking to Contemporary Strategic Reality’ in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) on 16 and 17 January 2019. The adoption of 21 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.

History of Ancient India (Vol. VI - VII) released on 17 January 2019

History of Ancient India Vol. VI Social, Political and Judicial Ideas, Institutions and Practices

Panel Discussion on ‘Swami Vivekananda and Nation Building’

In order to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 156th birth anniversary this year, the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organized a panel discussion on ‘Swami Vivekananda and Nation Building’ on 17th January 2019. The panelists were: Param Pujya Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati, Secretary General & Coordinator of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, Swami Shuddhidananda, Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata, Kum. Nivedita Bhide, Vice-President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, and Shri Dhanendra Kumar, Former Secretary, Government of India.

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 India is in a sense a product of colonial rule, it does not invalidate the reality of eternal Indian nationhood ...

UIHC Lecture Series, ‘Indian Mode of Philosophising’ by Prof. S. R. Bhatt

The second talk of the VIF lecture series, ‘Understanding Indian History & Civilisation’ (UIHC) was delivered by Prof. S. R. Bhatt, Chairperson, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, on 10 October 2018. Prof Bhatt spoke on ‘Indian mode of philosophising’, stating that philosophy was a cognitive enterprise, but it also acquired some distinctive characteristics based on cultural specificities. The theme of the talk is summarised in succeeding paragraphs.

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