The spiritual gift of India to the world has already begun. India's spirituality is entering Europe and America in an ever increasing measure. That movement will grow; amid the disasters of the time more and more eyes are turning towards her with hope and there is even an increasing resort not only to her teachings, but to her psychic and spiritual practice. -- Sri Aurobindo (from the message broadcast on the eve of August 15, 1947)

Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Obama made a pointed reference to Article 25

India will succeed as long as it is not splintered along religious lines, U.S. President Barack Obama said here on Tuesday while addressing an audience of students and other invitees at the end of his visit to India.
His words, along with a pointed reference to Article 25 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees religious freedom, is seen as a strong statement against fundamentalism and extremism here and in the U.S. 
“Every person has the right to practise their faith as they choose, or no faith at all without fear or discrimination,” said Mr. Obama admitting he had often felt “treated differently” because of his background in the U.S.

Tweets: Obama devoted 5 mins of a 33 min speech to religious tolerance. 17% of his time, invoked Article 25. Quite significant https://t.co/D3OdCv7nzX

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NEW DELHI: Unveiling his sweeping vision for the future of the India-US relations, President Barack Obama today suggested his country could be the “best partner'' while underscoring the importance of religious freedom and tolerance for India''s success. The Tribune

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    However, holistically there is more substance to Mr. Obama’s 34-minute speech, set in the context of two emerging scenarios. First, the possibility that America can be “India’s best partner” in a whole range of activities including the ‘next wave’ of economic growth, and second, at a more personal level how India for Mr. Obama represents “an intersection of two men who have always inspired me” — Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi — in striving for equity and peace in a non-violent way.
    It is from this perceptual bedrock that the American President has sought to re-engage India on a much wider socio-political canvas of cultural pluralism and religious diversity under an overarching universal humanism.

    Uphold religious freedom, Obama urges IndiaJANUARY 28, 2015

    Obama's Townhall Address: As it happenedJANUARY 27, 2015

    India will succeed as long as it is not splintered along religious lines: ObamaJANUARY 27, 2015


    This is the charge repeatedly brought against Gandhi — why did he not die for the “Akhandata” of Bharat, and why did he keep insisting that Pakistan be dealt with humanely? Written by Apoorvanand  Posted: January 30, 2015  
    Long after his death, the act of “disembowelling” Gandhi continues. The “abominable” part of him is being removed. We are trying to get rid of the Gandhi who keeps challenging us and want a Gandhi who, with his bhajan, would put us to sleep. But Gandhi was an eternal rebel. This rebellious Gandhi needs to be rescued. As a first step, we need to visit the moment of his death and gather the courage to face the ghost of Gandhi, who still wanders inside Birla House. The writer teaches Hindi at Delhi University - See more at

    Monday, January 19, 2015

    Promoting an inherent distrust of white women

    Sandeep

    You are dodging the question after asking for evidence :-)

    As far as I can see, some are Hindu in external form only, while others are Hindu in spirit. There is a whole spectrum of approaches to Hinduism which need to be understood instead of using black/white categories to label someone as Hindu or not-Hindu.
    I won't digress from your main topic unless you want to continue this thread, but I had to ask my question since you seem to be promoting an inherent distrust of white women who turn to Hinduism which is not fair, because many of them are attracted to Hinduism after being repelled by rigidity of Abrahamic religions.
    This is unfair to white men as well, against whom you don't seem to have any issues.
    As far as the Mirra Alfassa is concerned, I have found that many Indian men (and in Sri Aurobindo's time, some of his male disciples as well) seem to resist accepting her spiritual stature after gaining cursory information about her. They eventually drop their inhibitions after learning more about her. Maybe some day you will undergo the same evolution.


    Sandeep I am not dodging th question; not in my character. I am raising questions to provoke some thinking even if the answers are not to our liking. Mirra Alfassa is not on my radar for anything except where she intersects with Aurobindo the political thinker. Post 1907 Aurobindo has no relevance to the freedom struggle. He distanced himself from the political turmoil and Gandhi happened. If anyone could have checked Gandhi in the early years of the 20th century it was Aurobindo. I will return to my question again. Can the Hindu nation afford to encourage the pernicious idea that all of us should have our very own subjective and personalised definition of 'Hindu'. Let us see where this danger has already led us. The Ramakrishna Mission declared they are not Hindu. If Sri ramakrishna was a Hindu religious leader and Swami Vivekananda was Hindu how can Ramakrishna Mission not be Hindu? And whatever their motive for making such a pronouncement can they retract ever? Why did the American disciples of Sri Sri Ravishankar say Art of Living is not Hindu? So what "Hindu" did Ramakrishna Mission and Art of Living have in mind when they said they are not Hindu? My Guru used to observe with great calmness - the truth of parabrahman cannot be negated just because I have no knowledge of it or just because I deny it; conversely the truth of parabrahman is independent of my belief in it or my knowledge of it. So when the fruits of a tree say they do not belong to that tree, I just wonder where these cults stand today. And yes, these are cults. We have no problem with cults which are legitimate as long as they do not claim independent existence or identity from sanatana dharma.

    Reports of women and children harassment put #AurobindoAshram under SC scanner http://t.co/mU0r6O2V4ahttp://t.co/iQnIO4qtBR

    @NekkantiR There are many other issues which need to be seen together.

    [Sri Aurobindo instructed Kapali to stick to his interpretation while continuing the work of interpreting the Veda.] https://t.co/OQjTz7ZYNK

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    Sister Nivedita to Julia Roberts: some Westerner converts to Hinduism. http://t.co/Jzpl1WTBnY - http://t.co/9xJDWFbNYU

    How ISKCON took Hinduism to the US heartland. http://t.co/xBjq3QjhY4 - http://t.co/tiu07UiUsV


    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Hindutva and Vivekananda are barriers

    Politics serves as an easy means of boosting self-esteem for the youth but Sri Aurobindo exhorts to work towards Evolution of Consciousness. Before turning inordinately proud of saving the country, the youth of India must learn about what the Veda ordains them, from Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo rescues from the deafening noise pushing Mythology and Medievalism to acquaint with Vedic modes of volitional Self-Evolution. Don't carry misunderstandings and prejudices imbibed from Indian tradition all your life and learn from Sri Aurobindo to enrich civilisation. Hindutva advising women to have 4-5 children proves that it's 4-5 centuries back in intellectual growth & must evolve. http://t.co/ZoP6N9wBQQ

    The youth of India must develop adequate intellectual muscle to wrestle with what Sri Aurobindo wrote hundred years ago in 1914 in the ARYA. Indian culture must unshackle itself from Medieval Hindutva & claim Sri Aurobindo's Judeo-Vedic Integralism to keep pace with Economic surge. Nehruvian perspective was okay for adolescence but the Nation must evolve into Sri Aurobindian maturity after a brief Hindutva interregnum. Nehruvian neglect of Sri Aurobindo's Knowledge Capital has cost the country dear and it has to pay the price by way of Hindutva backlash. Sri Aurobindo weans away from Vedic Ritual and initiates into Integral Self-Perfection derived from Psychological interpretation of the Veda. Savitri Era unveiled by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo has robust Philosophy and Psychology and steers clear of Mythology, Astrology, & Rituals. If Hindutva follows Congress example of ignoring Sri Aurobindo, it'd be a colossal loss of opportunity not only for India but also the world. With the aid of Sri Aurobindo, youth of India must be willing to defeat ill effects of Mythology & Hindutva and espouse Science & Modernity. 

    Most Hindutva defenders are hardcore Vivekananda disciples who have undertaken the burden to prevent Sri Aurobindo's teaching from spreading. Both Hindutva and Vivekananda are barriers to the sublime Knowledge source and path to Perfection unveiled by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Multiple wrong perceptions did penetrate the Indian consciousness through Gandhi, Tagore, and Vivekananda, and Sri Aurobindo rectifies them. Acolytes of Golwalkar, Savarkar, and Vivekananda must make up their minds to receive higher education and understanding from Sri Aurobindo. Winning Power after decades long struggle is bound to make Hindutva blind for a while but faultlines of its clash with Modernity will show up. Hoping to win successive elections through Hindu votes consolidation is a chimera as Democratic aspirations are likely to take precedence. Indian Constitution doesn't give any special weightage to any religion and hence all aggressive mobilisation of Hindus is counterproductive

    Present Indian scenario is not a tussle between the Hindu and the rest. It's between Modernity and Freedom vs. Medievalism and Superstition. RW is now on overdrive in growing some theoretical muscle but one substantial mistake they commit is to treat Hindu as a monolithic category. Resolve to protect Liberty and Modernity by rejecting Mythology, Astrology, and Rituals so that children always feel India as their own land. Prevalence of Mythology, Astrology, & Rituals forces many Indians to turn agnostic but The Mother & Sri Aurobindo offer a fascinating option. It's worth the while to get rid of victimhood & negativity and follow the Judeo-Vedic Savitri Era ushered in by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo wades through Mythology, Mysticism, and Philosophy to express his Prophesies through Poetry. Make his SAVITRI a daily habit. All educated Indians should keep a copy of SAVITRI with them to recite a page or two from it whenever they feel like. http://t.co/sT7jU2B8db

    Hindutva privileges Mythology and promotes Ritualistic mode of religion while Sr Aurobindo presents an enlightened version of Vedic culture. Just because Modi was able to become PM doesn't exonerate Hindutva of its ills and make it trustworthy for future generations. Buyer beware! [TNM55]


    Friday, January 02, 2015

    History, Science, and Hermeneutics

    In a resolution passed in its three-day platinum jubilee session at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the IHC called for “defence of scientific method in history”.
    “Unfortunately, even the Prime Minister has suggested that in the hoary past, Indians had learnt, and then forgotten, plastic surgery of a kind going far beyond what is now possible. There is widespread belief that soon textbooks will be revised or rewritten, to inculcate such a strongly misleading and divisive brand of history among pupils in our schools,” it said, referring to Modi’s statement at a Mumbai event in October where he had linked mythology with medical science.
    “It also calls upon all members of the political establishment to refrain from making statements contrary to well-established historical facts. They should understand that loose or irresponsible statements of this kind tarnish the good repute of this country,” said the resolution.
    Underlining the importance of “scientific method in history”, the IHC expressed apprehension about “voices being raised in certain influential quarters on the need to rewrite Indian history through an abundant use of ancient mythology and speculative chronology, while fresh myths, like that of Indians originally peopling the whole world, are being created.” - See more at

    Minding the Modern:

    Modernity as a hermeneutic problem

    posted by Thomas Pfau
    What the book is not, and does not purport to be, is a linear and continuous narrative of social or even philosophical history. Neither is it a Rezeptionsgeschichte on the model of the Constance School, which traces the popular reception and dissemination of ideas. As Brad Gregory observes, “how ideas were received is not Pfau’s principal concern.” As an eminent historian of early modern Europe, Gregory understandably regrets that my narrative does not embed ideas more fully in their complex and often volatile historical moment. Similarly, Paul Silas Peterson would have preferred if Minding the Modern had focused on socio-historical contexts, such as tensions between popular religious culture and the late-medieval Catholic magisterium, ...

    To stipulate that we cannot appraise the thrust and significance of ideas and concepts independent of the historical context supposed to have generated them means preemptively to subordinate philosophical and theological hermeneutics to historical narratives. Yet such narratives don’t just write themselves but rest on myriad interpretive choices. The very labor of specifying and rendering intelligible historical contexts—both for those inhabiting them and for historians belatedly returning to them—actually presupposes conceptual frameworks (not necessarily explicit) on which all hermeneutic practice depends. Hence, if (as Brad Gregory points out) Minding the Modern mainly “deploys ideas as agents,” that approach should not be preemptively rejected as the spurious fruit of esoteric intellectualism or as a questionable heuristic fiction.
    Rather, my approach is shaped by the conviction that our inevitably fluid, complex, and often bewildering socio-historical reality will disclose its distinctive features, tendencies, and significance only where it is (pre-)filtered through various narrative and conceptual frameworks. It is true, of course, that in their very application to that reality, these frameworks themselves are in turn subtly and, on occasion, massively altered. Nonetheless, I maintain that such frameworks logically precede the historical situation to which they are applied. On rare occasions, conceptual and narrative frameworks may be rendered unusually explicit by the work of philosophical or theological reflection.

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Power, poetry, and plurality

    Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are ...“We wanted to explore how something so fundamental as power might elicit changes in the way a voice sounds, and how these situational vocal changes impact the way listeners perceive and behave toward the speakers.”


    Grammarly doesn't do all it claims to do - Grammarist

    grammarist.com/articles/grammarly-review/
    Last month, we put banners advertising Grammarly in the sidebar of some of our pages. We made this choice because we guessed that Grammarly, described ...
    What about different varieties of English? How does Grammarly evaluate words spelled differently in American and British English? What about words that can be pluralized in multiple ways? What about new words, colloquialisms, idioms, and words that are changing meaning in real-world usage? What about redundancies and wordiness? And what are Grammarly’s style policies when it comes to, say, the Oxford comma, capitalization of titles, and the hyphenation of phrasal adjectives? If Grammarly has policies on these matters, how do they accommodate differing views?

    Erotic poetry will make you a better person

    There is a bit in U.R. Ananthamurthy’s novel Samskara about a young brahman who listens to his teacher’s description of Śakuntalā and gets so hot and bothered that he runs off and jumps into the river, where he meets and Continue reading 

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Odia Mahamanch, a Section-8 Company

    ODIA MAHAMANCH

    About Odia Mahamanch

    Odia Mahamanch was registered on 21 February, 2014. Odia Mahamanch's Corporate Identification Number (CIN) is U93000DL2014NPL265167, Registeration Number is 265167.
    Their registered address on file is D1/20, FIRST FLOOR SANGAM VIHAR, NEW DELHI, 110062, New Delhi - 110062, Delhi, India.
    Odia Mahamanch currently have 3 Active Directors / Partners: Ajay Kumar BeheraGobardhan DhalManoj Kumar Nayak, and there are no other Active Directors / Partners in the company except these 3 officials.
    Odia Mahamanch is currently in Active Status.

    Company Name
    ODIA MAHAMANCH
    Cin
    U93000DL2014NPL265167
    Registration Date
    21/02/2014
    Registeration No.
    265167
    Address
    D1/20, FIRST FLOOR, SANGAM VIHAR, NEW DELHI, 110062, New Delhi - 110062, Delhi, India
    Company Status
    Active
    Active Directors
    Director Name
    Ajay Kumar Behera
    Gobardhan Dhal
    Manoj Kumar Nayak

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Harbans Mukhia, Meghnad Desai, & Koenraad Elst

    Mahatma Gandhi's English roots - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer 
    In his youth, Gandhi was influenced by Jain and Vaishnava saints, but as an adult, he mainly took inspiration from Christian writers like Leo Tolstoy and befriended Westerners like architect Hermann Kallenbach. The Mahatma’s ‘Englishness’ has largely been ignored in post-Independence India.

    Between history and mythology - Harbans Mukhia, The Hindu-Jul 16, 2014
    This dichotomy also places them in a hierarchy, with history being ... Positivism had, during the eighteenth century and down to much of the ...

    History wars - Meghnad Desai, Indian Express 
    Dr James Ussher was a very famous Bible scholar. Counting the generations listed in the chapter of Genesis, he calculated that God created the world in 4004 BC. He was accurate in his calculations with the Bible, but wrong about history. Even to this day, those Christians who deny Darwin cite Dr Ussher.

    The most interesting part about last Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final match was that the winning German team’s critical goal was made out of a pass hit by one of its three substitute players, and even the strike that put Germany on the top was by yet another substitute. In fact, Germany had three substitute players in that game.

    Globalisation, nations and taxes - Deepak Lal, Business Standard 
    In his Imagined Communities, the political scientist Benedict Anderson identifies four waves of nationalism. The first was the "creole" wars of liberation in North and South America, prompted by the policy of the European powers of barring the entry of the "creole" elite to higher official and political office in the metropole, even as the "peninsular" had access to high positions in both the colonies and the metropole.

    Civilisational truths about India - Koenraad Elst, Pioneer 
    India’s biggest neighbour is re-thinking its own identity. In this context, Zhang Weiwei’s path-breaking book, The China Wave: Rise of a Civilizational State (World Century, Shanghai 2011), deserves to be discussed in detail and with respect to its China-centric purpose: To give China’s remarkable progress an ideological consistency and justification.

    On the politics of ‘Hindu History’ - Koenraad Elst, CentreRight 
    One of the first important nominations by the Narendra Modi government is the appointment of the retired History professor, Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, as head of the Indian Council of Historical Research. As I could see from spontaneous comments appearing in my mailbox, Hindu-minded historians and intellectuals tend to be very disappointed by this. To them, this nomination amounts to the waste of a beautiful and rare opportunity to achieve an overhaul of the apparently never-ending Marxist dominance in the sectors concerned with Indian history. They consider Rao unfit for the job: too old to provide the dynamic leadership that is needed to affect real change (the RSS gerontocrats clearly wanted to reward one of their own kind), and especially, too associated with the caricature version of “rewriting Indian history”.

    Tweets: SEP - The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj (May 4, 2010) http://t.co/5lzIdI8Xje via @amazon

    CC - Hugely enjoying the intellectual range and depth of Sudipta Kaviraj's The Enchantment of Democracy and India http://t.co/wJEydPhW9I

    Ram Guha - My column in @ttindia on history beyond Marxism and Hindutva: http://t.co/8e9vLUEpaj

    KR - ICHR controversy and undermining history  by Mukul Kanitkar http://t.co/kefutqM7ov via @NitiCentral

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Yogendra, Natwar, and Katju

    The fallacy of autonomy - Yogendra Yadav, Hindu 
    The recent controversy about continuing the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in Delhi University (DU) reminded me of my days with the University Grants Commission (UGC). I remember ploughing through a thousand pages of agenda papers for each meeting, looking for crucial information buried under innocuous appendices. Read Full Article››
    Delhi's pragmatic policy-making - Mayuri Mukherjee, Pioneer 
    Straws in the wind, and forceful ones - Gautam Mukherjee, Pioneer 
    Delhi doesn't really need a government - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times 
    Will Rahul get his mojo back? - Rajesh Ramachandran, Economic Times 
    India treading the wrong course at WTO - Ashok Gulati & Anwar ul Hoda, FE 
    Welcoming FDI in news - Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Business Standard 
    Modi must prioritise three things: Execution, execution, execution - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times 
    Return of gurdwara politics - Virender Kumar, Indian Express 
    The fallacy of autonomy - Yogendra Yadav, Hindu 
    Yes to the people, no to populism - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer 
    Japan, India and the balance of power - K Shankar bajpai, Hindu 
    Politics/Nation
    BJP eyes repeat of LS victory - Kumar Vikram, India Today 
    Mandal vs Kamandal yet again - Badri Narayan, Mint 
    BJP & Shiv Sena: Their marriage on the rocks - Kumar Ketkar, Economic Times 
    BJP may prefer president's rule - Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi, Economic Times 
    PMO, Bhardwaj were involved: Centre - Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindu 
    Row rages as Katju adds fuel to fire - Harish V Nair, Mail Today 
    Business/Economy
    Indian Railways - nostalgia and reality - Agnikalam, Business Standard 
    Spectrum sharing won't fix telcos' problems - Sounak Mitra, Business Standard 
    TCS first Indian firm to top Rs 5 lakh cr in m-cap - Shivani Shinde Nadhe, Bus Std 
    What the budget didn’t say - Bhaskar Dutta, Indian Express 
    Redefining the idea of world trade - R Srinivasan, Business Line 
    Dismantling food inflation - Indira Rajaraman, Business Standard 
    Land-shackled - II - Devesh Kapur, TV Somanathan & Arvind Subramanian, Bus Std 
    The Neighbourhood/World
    The Europe syndrome - Indian Express 
    A jobless future awaits, no matter what govt do - Vivek Wadhwa, Economic Times 
    Modi’s WTO opportunity - Sunil Jain, Financial Express 
    Time for a SAARC bank - Arvind Mehta, Financial Express 
    Pakistan: If the generals have changed their mind - Husain Haqqani, Indian Express 
    Jaya opposes setting up of buoys on IMBL - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer 
    Did Dodd-Frank work? - Joe Nocera, NYT 
    A new beginning with Nepal - Rakesh Sood, Hindu 
    How to avert another MH17 - Brahma Chellaney, Times of India 
    When Modi goes to Kathmandu - Yubaraj Ghimire, Indian Express 
    Time is ripe to conclude FTA talks with Canada - Amitendu Palit & Douglas Goold, IE 
    ISIS: A fantasy enterprise - Farrukh Dhondy, Hindustan Times 

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    Honesty, personal integrity and sacrifice

    In other words, according to Dr. Elst, Indic studies by westerners during the colonial period must not always be viewed through a jaundiced political prism... Therefore, to an extent I do agree with Dr. Elst when he says that there were quite a few Indic scholars who had truly gone native and whose views on Hindus and Hinduism were far from being uncharitable.

    The most exciting and polished work of scholarship I’ve seen in this new way of thinking is Andrew Nicholson’s excellent Unifying Hinduism. Nicholson’s book is a study of Vedānta, the Indian philosophical tradition that sees itself as expounding the Upaniṣads. He turns a close and critical eye on nineteenth-century scholars like Richard Garbe and A.E. Gough, pointing out their misrepresentations of Vedānta tradition and how many of those misrepresentations endure today (especially with respect to Vijñānabhikṣu, the main subject of his study). But he also points out the continuities of these Orientalists with the earlier tradition.
    1. Jeffery Long:
      This is brilliant, Amod. I am very fond of Nicholson’s work, and wrote a glowing review of Unifying Hinduism which can be found on Academia.edu. James Madaio, a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, who presented on a DANAM panel on Swami Vivekananda at the AAR this past November (Baltimore 2013), is doing work along similar lines, showing that excessive claims about discontinuity between the Vedanta of Swami Vivekananda and “classical” Advaita Vedanta rests on identifying “classical” Advaita with Shankara and ignoring the millennium of commentarial literature linking Shankara and Vivekananda. Of course, Vivekananda was certainly an innovator in many ways (as, arguably, was Shankara). But the point is that there is both continuity and discontinuity between the contemporary tradition and what was there before. To say that Swami Vivekananda simply cobbled together his Vedanta out of western influences is at least as wrong (and wrongheaded) as to identify him simplistically with an unchanging Vedanta going back to the Upanishads. At last, we are getting some balance in this conversation!
      I made a similar point–essentially a manifesto calling for this kind of approach–in my first book, A Vision for Hinduism. But Nicholson (and Madaio) deserve the credit for actually doing the work of digging into the Sanskrit sources and making the case on solid historical grounds. Rajiv Malhotra makes a similar case in his latest book, albeit in the controversial, confrontational fashion for which he has become known. But it is an important point to make, and hopefully we are seeing yet another generational shift, where we post-Baby Boomers make another course correction toward a ‘middle path’ between the earlier generation and the radical skepticism of our more immediate forebears.
    2. Amod Lele:
      Thank you, Jeffery. Sorry I missed your comment earlier. I think we’re in agreement here. I realize that after my previous interactions with Rajiv Malhotra I now tend to cringe instinctively at the thought that I’m agreeing with him on anything, which is ironic because I share his broad goal of getting the substance of Indian traditions’ ideas taken more seriously in academia. Did you ever see this old post of mine on the topic?

    “There is an important role,” Sen said, “for a clear-headed, pro-market, pro-business party that does not depend on religious politics.” ... Liberalism stresses the primacy of the individual as an economic and ethical agent -- and, therefore, emphasizes individual power and responsibility, as well as a reduced role for government in making decisions for society. But, as Kaviraj points out, one of the prominent peculiarities of India's democracy is that it was introduced to the nation without a prior historical process of social individuation, as in the West, or “a prior tradition of liberal political thought.”

    AAP's guerrilla warfare: Its extraordinary tactics have brought it limited gains and more losses - Economic Times-Jan 23, 2014 By G R Gopinath, TNN 24 Jan, 2014
    Being an ex-army officer, i couldn't help thinking that the Kejriwal-led AAP siege of Delhi was classic guerrilla warfare, in which a small group of combatants use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics and extraordinary mobility to fight a larger and less mobile, traditional army. Guerrilla warfare usually succeeds only when the cause is just and the guerrilla leader leads his band of irregular fighters fearlessly and selflessly.

    The ideological vacuum Times of India (blog) ‎- by Santosh Desai 26 January 2014 
    The AAP's woes continue. The admonishments keep flowing in and suddenly it seems as if the same party that had fired so many imaginations can do nothing right.