When the results of the 2011 Census of India were announced two factors were most noticed: (i) a reduction in the total fertility rate from…
When I was asked to speak at a forum to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Swami Vivekananda I began to wonder what…
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One of the principal items on the agenda of the US Secretary of the State’s visit to India was facilitating a transition in India’s position on climate change to accepting a global emissions trading scheme (ETS). It is becoming increasingly clear that significant carbon reduction on the part pf the developed world would be conditional on the carbon policies of other countries, particularly the high polluting fast developing countries such as China and India. The ETS is no longer going to be confined to one country or a group of countries but is likely to go global. The global ETS agenda is likely to be pushed forward considerably in Copenhagen and in subsequent policy actions.
Author’s Note: This blog was originally published in Hindi in Devnagari Script. On the advice of the editor and a reader I have appended…
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Ramkatha- A Spiritual Interpretation
रामकथा – एक आध्यात्मिक विश्वलेषण
रामकथा देश-विदेश सब जगह प्रिय है. यहाँ तक कि उन देशों में जहाँ हिन्दू धर्मं मानने वालों की संख्या बहुत कम है वहां भी रामकथा अत्यंत लोकप्रिय है. उदहारण के तौर पर हम इंडोनेशिया, इरान या रूस को ही देख लें. आखिर इसका क्या कारण है? मेरा यह मानना है कि रामकथा में कुछ ऐसी विशेषता है कि यह जन जन को प्रिय है. इसमें धर्मं, जाति, लिंग या और किसी तरह का भेद नहीं आता.
Much has been written recently about the plight of women in India. It is certainly true that on the scale of most economic and social indicators, women are lagging behind men. India is also facing the disturbing prospect of a serious gender gap. Indeed according to the 2001 Census, one of the most prosperous states of India – Punjab – has the highest shortfall of female children vis a vis male children.
“The great seers of ancient India saw so far ahead of their time that the world has to wait centuries yet to appreciate their wisdom, and it is this very inability on the part of their own descendants to appreciate the full scope of this wonderful plan, that is the one and only cause of the degradation of India.” Swami Vivekananda Selections from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Kolkata: Advaita Ashram, 1986, pg.466-7.