Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda, and Jawaharlal Nehru

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  • Proposing the alternative scenario of a clasp of civilizations , these essays stress the persistence of cultural diversity despite the homogenizing pressure of globalization, but argue that this diversity need not lead to conflict and may be our greatest resource. Given the centrality of religion to many cultures, much depends on the replacement of outdated attitudes of religious exclusivism by a pluralism that embraces the other. A historical landmark in the emergence of religious pluralism was the Parliament of Religions that opened in Chicago on 11 September 1893. This book brings out its significance as a global cultural event, too far ahead of its time to be fully understood by its contemporaries. The Parliament brought several notable exponents of Asian spirituality to America, including the charismatic Swami Vivekananda from India. Thus began the contact between these two countries which continues to deepen to this day. Written by an American living in India, the book contains essays on the idea of India and the American dream, as well as discussing broader questions raised by the meeting of different ways of knowing and being in an enigmatic world.

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    Richard Hartz studied philosophy at Yale University and South Asian languages and literature at the University of Washington. Since 1980 he has lived in Pondicherry, India, where he is an independent scholar studying Asian languages and cultures with a particular focus on Sanskrit literature and the writings of Sri Aurobindo. These essays reflect the perspective of a Westerner who has long been immersed personally, intellectually and spiritually in an Eastern civilization.
    One of the greatest challenges of our times is how to view and to handle diversity – religious, cultural, gender, or whatever. Are our differences a potential source of conflict or of strength? Should we seek to protect, for example, endangered languages and cultures or accept that the future lies in the increasing homogenization of humanity?   These are some of the questions addressed in Richard Hartz’s new book The Clasp of Civilizations: Globalization and Religion in a Multicultural World. The title, of course, refers to Samuel Huntingdon’s  influential book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, in which Huntingdon argues that future conflicts would most likely occur because of the ‘clash’ of the values of different civilizations, noting that the most likely conflicts would be between the West and Islam or China.   Hartz believes that Huntingdon overstates the distinctiveness of different cultures, noting that there is no su... 
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    12th Mar 2015, 06.03 PM
    Thanks Alan, great review. For those interested, there's a related essay here on Ulrich's blog:
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    How eastern is a software engineer working for a German firm in Bangalore, speaking English as his primary language, and queuing up to see the latest Hollywood film? And how western is a Manchester-born woman who trades in her mini-dress for a burqa, quits her job in a biochemistry lab and flies to Turkey to join the ISIS? Regional cultures still count for something, but global mashups will dominate the future. Increased globalization is inevitable, and the forces propelling it are beyond the control of any organization, much less any individual. But, Hartz insists, our individual choices could still make a difference. We ‘have to think about what kind of global society we want. If another world is possible, what kind of world do we want it to be?’ After stating his central concern in these words, he acknowledges that ‘economic and political issues loom large among the problems’ of the globalizing world. He is chiefly concerned with cultural matters because ‘economics and politics operate in cultural contexts which can no longer be ignored.’ This choice of focus is a natural one for Hartz: he is, the jacket informs us, a scholar interested in Asian languages and cultures, notably Sanskrit literature and the works of Sri Aurobindo. Throughout the book he relates the thought of Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda, Jawaharlal Nehru and other Asian thinkers to the globalization theories of Samuel Huntington, Francis Fukuyama and other western political scientists. But before examining Hartz’s take on cultural interaction, I want ...
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  • Friday, May 1, 2015

    Savitri Era is the only genuinely right wing Party

    1. Antipathy towards UPA can never justify unadulterated sycophancy and parroting of blatant falsehood planted by the RSS publicity machine.
    2. The greatest disappointment of the past Century is Ambedkar ignoring Sri Aurobindo's works. Dalit politics can undo that error even today.
    3. Sri Aurobindo and Gandhi never met in person but in Vinoba Bhave and JP we find their common legacy burnished in the politics of the day.
    4. Both the Congress and the RSS are aberrations ensuing from the 1907 Surat split which need to be disbanded in the true national interest.
    5. The Congress, at this juncture, is a pack of jokers who delude themselves with the impression that they are serving a grand national cause.

    6. Congress was for nation only in the period between the partition of bengal till tilak's death - rest was handmaiden of brits and now italy
    7. Sri Aurobindo has commented extensively on his contemporaries, events & their circumstances but our history books are silent on his opinion.
    8. Someone planned a similar makeover with Anna Hazare but it backfired for want of talent and, regrettably, turned into a deceptive parody.
    9. Shifting the capital from Kolkata to Delhi and shifting Gandhi from SA to India were twin strategies executed by the British a Century back.
    10. [Envy is provoked by a person comparing his situation with the situation of certain others and perceiving inequalities.] -Anthony de Jasay
    11. [eternal encounter between divine love & divine wrath leads to the mutual potentialization into a dynamic succession of evolutionary stages]
    12. [Jonael Schickler’s phenomenological account of the life of the concept in terms of physical inherence and etheric metamorphosis] -MD Segall

    13. 1913: When Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud and Stalin all lived in the same place:

    14. As long as Lok Satta doesn't take the AAP's socialist path, it is bound to emerge some day as a strong counter to established crony parties.
    15. AAP is the Plan-B of the sinking Dynasty but lacks a pan-Indian narrative. Its dry and dyed-in-the-wool anti-corruption rhetoric is barren.
    16. [by pondering over universal history, Hegel intended to draw the philosophical meaning from Napoleonic politics.] BROUSSARD NICOLAS
    17. A greater paradox is a whole phalanx swearing allegiance to Vivekananda being unable & unwilling to understand Sri Aurobindo.

    18. 1808 - The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon. 1813 - Napoleon defeated a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen.
    19. [Nevertheless, for the first half of 1814 Napoleon exhibited the military genius of his youth, but it was a war he couldn't win alone.]
    20. 2014 is the Centenary year of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo meeting each other & embarking upon a new anthem of human destiny: The Life Divine.
    21. Post-colonialism & Cold-war gave way to militant Islam with the onset of the current Century. 2014 is a challenge for India to kick the past
    22. [Steiner, like Schelling and Whitehead, explicitly distinguishes his own use of the concept from the “hypothetical ether of the physicist.”]
    23. The "Five Dreams" broadcast by Sri Aurobindo on August 14, 1947 marks a new evolutionary journey by the mankind led by India's Vedic wisdom.

    24. As of late, I've felt a deeper affinity to the mysticism of de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo & Jean Gebser.

    25. Pre Independence, Bengal produced people like Vivekananda, Aurobindo. Pretty amazing what Left rule has done to the state ....

    26. Sri Aurobindo writing as back in 1906 says “But the Congress started from the beginning with a misconception (cont)

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    29. Review of Women's Studies: Cultural Gandhism: Casting Out the Dalit Woman
    30. BJP sinking in Karnataka reminds of the Left Front undergoing a slow death in West Bengal. Relics of the past are but to perish.

    31. Instead of looking for a cult figure,BJP need to unite opposition like 1977or' needs to have effective public campaigns than soundbytes

    32. "Politicise" as a word is losing its relevance for the good of the country. Congress has been using it like a Cloak of Invisibility.

    33. > summarizes UPA’s intent: The need for reform has become a ruse for centralisation of power. LT

    34. shouldn't deter us from asking tough questions, those which we believe right, of the party we support, right?
    35. [May 2, 1813 – Battle of Lützen: Napoleon hastily assembled an army of 200000 severely short of horses & wins against German alliance.]

    36. भाजपा का सबसे पहला कर्तव्य है कि वो मुद्दों को सही ढंग से पेश करे और सही ढंग से अपनी मांगें रखे.सीबीआई का क्या करना?उसे कैसे "आज़ाद" करना?

    37. A person representing ideas is borderline sycophancy, isn't it?

    38. karat got a leg up bcoz of jesus. His Loyola Prof famous liberation theologian.

    39. LKA/ABV joined Mayawati - Destroyed BJP in UP? Joined Patnaik - destroyed BJP in Odisha? Joined Nitish - destroying BJP in Bihar?
    40. Symptomatic of decay when young and highly educated abdicate reason to rely on miracle and charisma.

    41. Dynasty politics is a result of apathy of the masses to politics. Don't care who rules as long as someone does

    42. Thousands of years of monarchy & Jamindar/ Lala culture has conditioned Indians in assuming capacity in Surname

    43. Being an independent, non-party, non-media person on twitter is great. You can speak your mind without worrying about political correctness.

    44. not really. strong movements need a charismatic individual to demystify and communicate it to electorate

    45. Why are you bent on chipping away BJP's vote share? Please join the party to truly help the Right, else you'll play spoiler

    46. RSS has its issues & hangups, no one's denying that. But a call for de-linking RSS & BJP is a defacto call for disbanding BJP altogether!

    47. "Independents" do more harm than good. BJP is today united (atleast formally) because of RSS. No RSS => No BJP
    48. BJP is the political wing of the RSS and not an independent Party with a mind of its own. This Kafkaesque scenario is repulsive.
    49. Nothing convinces like involvement with a Party. Savitri Era is the only genuinely right wing Party in the country at the moment