Archive for March, 2010

हिन्दुइज्म का इनसायक्लोपीडिया (विश्वकोश) और महाकुंभ

March 29, 2010
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गत् सप्ताह इण्डिया हैरिटेज रिसर्च फाऊण्डेशन के साथ मिलकर रूपा एण्ड कम्पनी द्वारा प्रकाशित किए जा रहे ग्यारह खण्डों वाले ‘इनसायक्लोपीडिया ऑफ हिन्दुइज्म’ की विशेष पूर्वसमीक्षा आयोजित की गई थी। नई दिल्ली के चाणक्यपुरी स्थित विवेकानन्द फाऊण्डेशन सभागार में पहले तीन खण्ड प्रदर्शित किए गए थे। इस विचार-विमर्श के कार्यक्रम का विषय ‘आधुनिक विश्व में हिन्दुइज्म’ (Hinduism in the Contemporary World) था। दो घण्टे से अधिक चले इस प्रबुध्द और उच्चस्तरीय विचार-विमर्श को ध्यान मग्न सुनने वाले लगभग 400 श्रोताओं में मैं भी एक था। इसमें भाग लेने वाले प्रतिष्ठित वक्ताओं में स्वामी आत्मा

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Encyclopedia of Hinduism and Mahakumbh

March 28, 2010
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Last week a special preview of 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism being published by Rupa & Co. in association with the India Heritage Research Foundation, was held in Delhi. Three volumes of the set were put up on display at the Vivekananda Foundation Auditorium at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The Programme was a panel discussion on “Hinduism in the Contemporary World’’. I was one among the 400 strong audience who listened with rapt attention to the enlightening and elevating discussion that lasted for over two hours. The distinguished panelists included Swami Atma Priyananda, Vice-chancellor Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Vishwavidyalaya, Dr. Kapil Kapoor, Editor in Chief, Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Dr. Kavita Sharma, Director, India International Centre, Dr. Lokesh Chandra, renowned scholar and author, and Sadhvi Bhagwati, Secretary India Heritage Research Foundation. In a way, the tenor and content of that evening’s discussion reminded me of several such debates I had heard as a boy … Continue reading Encyclopedia of Hinduism and Mahakumbh

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ABROGATE ARTICLE 370

March 22, 2010
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Madhopur is a small town some 12 kilometres away from the army cantonment of Pathankot. Last week, this town witnessed history being made. A one-lakh strong gathering of people drawn from Punjab, Jammu- Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh congregated here to pay homage to the memory of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerji whose magnificent statue was installed here to commemorate his launching of a campaign way back in 1953 for the complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir state with India. The place where the Memorial stands has been named Ekta Sthal. The larger than life-size statue has been carved by famous sculptor Ram Sutar. The decision to construct the Memorial was taken by Sardar Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab. The unveiling of the statue was done by Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat, R.S.S. Chief. As Shri Badal himself was unwell, Deputy C.M. Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal presided over the grand function, … Continue reading ABROGATE ARTICLE 370

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