Day: January 30, 2019

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Why Socialism?

Why Socialism? This article by Albert Einstein, the world-famous physicist, was originally published in the inaugural issue of the renowned US socialist magazine, Monthly Review (May 1949).   Is it advisable for one who is not an expert on economic and social issues to express views on the subject of socialism? I believe for a…

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T.M. Krishna’s Ocean of Song

T.M. Krishna’s Ocean of Song In the evening of the tenth anniversary of 26/11, our own metonym for terror-driven victimhood, against the backdrop of the Gateway of India in Mumbai an Indian Navy band played Amazing Grace; its hymnal melody suffused the twilight with bagpipes and oboes providing the syncopated tones of remembrance for those…

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From Colony to Republic: The Indian Transition

From Colony to Republic: The Indian Transition The 26th of January, India’s Republic Day, has a great symbolic significance. But it would be truly unfortunate if this significance is seen only in symbolic terms. This day should be remembered as a reminder of a great transition in India’s long history. This was a transition of…

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Gandhiji and Empowerment of Women

Gandhiji and Empowerment of Women Woman is more fitted than man to make exploration and take bolder action in nonviolence. There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men. Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is…

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Gandhi’s Final Fast

Gandhi’s Final Fast Recently I was asked to write a couple of lectures for undergraduate students on the significance of Gandhi and communalism. When I began writing the lectures, which were supposed to be written very simply, I realised that I was not being true to the task of trying to bring across something important…

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Gandhi, Marx and the Ideal of an ‘Unalienated Life’

Gandhi, Marx and the Ideal of an ‘Unalienated Life’ In your famous essay “Gandhi, the Philosopher”, you were making a fresh reading of Mahatma Gandhi as a philosopher. In your own words you were “struck by the integrity of his ideas”. What do you mean by “integrity” in Gandhi’s ideas?   That essay was written…