Month: January 2009

At the feet of Swami Ranganathananda

January 9, 2009

Friends, thanks for the enthusiastic response to my inaugural post. I was wondering what to share with you today, because there is so much to share. Elections to the 15th Lok Sabha are fast approaching. Naturally, much of my communication will be political in nature and election-oriented. However, I must confess that I do not regard politics to be the be-all-and-end-all of our national life. Indeed, politics – and all else in public life -become meaningful and fulfilling only when they are guided by higher values and ideals rooted in India’s spiritual heritage. And there is so much that politicians and those in other professions have to learn from India’s spiritual masters, both ancient and modern. A few days ago, a new book landed on my table – The Monk Without Frontiers – Reminiscences of Swami Ranganathananda. It is the latest publication of the Ramakrishna Mission, and has been brought … Continue reading At the feet of Swami Ranganathananda

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Electioneering: From Handbill to the Internet

January 7, 2009

Welcome, friends, to my blog. My young colleagues who have created this website told me that a political portal without a blog is like a letter without a signature. I quickly accepted this compelling logic. I am excited by the idea of using the Internet as a platform for political communication and, especially, for election campaign. As someone who has had the good fortune of participating, either as a campaigner or as a candidate, in every single general election in India since the first one held in 1952, I have seen how the tools of communication have evolved. As far communication is concerned, I am technology-agnostic. My philosophy in this matter is simple: anything that works, deserves to be welcomed. In my own political life spanning six decades, I have enthusiastically embraced every new communication technology – from the early simple Casio digital diary to i-pod and i-phone. In the … Continue reading Electioneering: From Handbill to the Internet

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