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Turning Point

Turning Point

I am speaking of an incident that took place about 30 years ago. It concerns our late friend Sri Surendra […]

Can a Politician be a Gentleman?

Can a Politician be a Gentleman?

(Following is a compelling speech on politics and politicians by an eminent politician of pre-independence days delivered at the NagpurUniversity […]

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

“Education is not a mechanical system; it is a human system. It’s about people.” – Ken Robinson Any reader of […]

Paths are Made by Walking

Paths are Made by Walking

Thank you to my distinguished friends, President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Rev. Charles Howard for inviting me to […]

Sound Advice

Sound Advice

In this interview with Bertrand Russel , when asked what message he would like to give for future generations, he […]

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

(15th of September was celebrated as World Tree Day by an inconspicuous organisation is one corner of the world: worldtreeday.org […]

Quit India

Quit India

Bombay, 8 August 1942 The speech which Gandhi delivered at the commencement of the Quit India Movement on 8th August, […]

A True Hero

A True Hero

A tribal man with raging fever is carried on a stretcher over a long distance to the only doctor available […]

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

(Steve Jobs (1955-2011) truly did take our world forward and we thank him for it. To celebrate his life, we […]

Nationalism in India

Nationalism in India

(Rabindranath Tagore was undoubtedly one of the greatest intellects of India. He was a poet, writer, educationist, and India’s ‘conscience […]

Looking the Storm in the Face

Looking the Storm in the Face

In May 1908, Sri Aurobindo was interned, along with thirty-eight revolutionaries, in the famous Alipore bombing case, but was released […]

To My Countrymen

To My Countrymen

(A hundred years ago, India was like a raft in a rocky sea in the middle of a storm — […]

A Tryst with Destiny

A Tryst with Destiny

(The following speech by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was made on August 14th 1947 in New Delhi while introducing the pledge […]

A Dangerous Cult of Absolute Nonviolence

A Dangerous Cult of Absolute Nonviolence

In the 1940 presidential address at the Twenty-second Session of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha at Madurai, Savarkar criticizes Gandhi’s […]

The Dawn of Freedom

The Dawn of Freedom

(The following speech was made by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on the eve of taking a pledge on the night of 14-15 […]

The Rise and Decline of Nations

The Rise and Decline of Nations

Amongst the hundreds of unsung heroes of the freedom struggle was Ajit Singh from Punjab, better known as Bhagat Singh’s […]

Patriotism in Samskrit Literature

Patriotism in Samskrit Literature

(Radha Kumud Mukherji, the noted historian and politician, avers in his speech that Samskrit literature is not all religion and […]

Freedom is My Birthright

Freedom is My Birthright

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was sentenced to six years imprisonment for seditious writing in 1908 and was sent to Mandalay jail […]

Education for Perfection

Education for Perfection

Our religions have proclaimed from the very beginning that each human individual is to be regarded as a spark of […]

Science and Politics

Science and Politics

In the following speech made at the Indian Science News Association, Calcutta, on 21st August, 1938, Subhas Chandra Bose elaborates […]

Towards Freedom

Towards Freedom

(Lala Lajpat Rai had left India in 1913 and gave the following reason for his departure: ‘I began to suspect […]

The Work before Us

The Work before Us

(Swami Vivekananda, the warrior monk who took the world by storm starting with the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago, […]

The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above […]

Hunger for Books

Hunger for Books

In 2007, celebrated writer Doris Lessing, aged 88, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Presented below is her acceptance […]

The Successful Dropout

The Successful Dropout

I’ve been waiting more than 30 years to say this: “Dad, I always told you I’d come back and get […]

The Republic of Dreams

The Republic of Dreams

(Mahasweta Devi had people in tears at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2006. Delivered with passionate heart, her inaugural speech […]

A Man of Words

A Man of Words

I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work – a life’s […]

Where are We Going?

Where are We Going?

Where are we going? It is given to certain seers, Rishis, who can look beyond the barriers of physical space […]

Evaluating Sanskrit

Evaluating Sanskrit

There are two forms of knowledge of which those who know Brahman have spoken: the higher and the lower – […]

Art, Truth and Politics

Art, Truth and Politics

In 1958 I wrote the following: ‘There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor […]