Manoj Das

Sri Aurobindo: His missions for liberation

The first to demand unqualified freedom for India, he then sought to free humanity from its bondage to primeval ignorance. A birth anniversary tribute

15 Aug 2018

Search for silence in a noisy India

Illegitimate factories and legitimate developmental and constructional activities producing noise are only inconveniences.

26 Jul 2018

Murder for the sake of Murder

Will political parties—and their units spread over localities—mend their policy of pampering the vanity of the simple-minded masses?

10 Jul 2018

This road is a Himalayan blunder

The news about the road connecting Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri is alarming. Can we not draw a soft line between pilgrims and tourists?

29 Jun 2018

2045: An immortality Odyssey?

A mere prolongation of youth or life, without a radical change of consciousness, is not only futile, but could also prove disastrous

16 Jun 2018

Mahabharata lessons for our politicos

Our leaders, including comrades from the Left,  have recently cited the Mahabharata to criticise their opponents. They should re-read the epic

18 May 2018

The many shades of beauty

It is said that Freud destroyed love. Are beauty contests destroying the notions of beauty?

01 May 2018

The king is dead; long live the king

We have abolished royalty and feudalism, but we yearn for them. Gold crowns and victory processions are common in our democracy

27 Mar 2018

Is there no alternative to Euthanasia?

The medical discipline must not abdicate its divine duty, for we are yet to fully comprehend the mystery of life

14 Mar 2018

Politicians, please spare the campus

The professor threw the newspaper down with force. “What’s the matter?” I asked.

02 Mar 2018

Depression in the land of the Gita

Is this the land that gave humanity, thousands of years ago, the secret to transcend depression?

07 Dec 2017

A collective lack of conscience

A woman lying on a pavement is raped in broad daylight. Instead of helping her, people even film the crime. What’s happening to India?

03 Nov 2017

How we can save our children

These days, even students are committing suicide. What lessons can we draw from Ramayana and Bertrand Russell?

07 Oct 2017

What makes suicide bombers tick?

Be it terrorists or ‘Blue Whale’ addicts, studies unambiguously establish that killing oneself does not lead to paradise

08 Sep 2017

Killing a million mocking birds

It was a pleasant drive along a road connecting two distant towns, cutting through unending stretches of green fields overlooking a lake.

18 Jul 2017

Of godmen and ungodly errors

We run to a miracle man motivated by curiosity or to harness his power. Is it okay to brand these gods as frauds?

30 May 2017

Let’s leave mythology alone

Over the millennia the two epics have inspired innumerable works of literature in every genre.

01 May 2017