Michel Danino

India's art of simple living

The philosophy of minimised consumption, an antidote to greed-driven economic growth, is part of the Indian worldview.

09 Sep 2020

Was India’s knowledge elitist?

Why is there a hostility to our knowledge systems? It is due to the colonial stereotype that lower castes were denied access to them.

09 Sep 2020

India as a Knowledge Creator

India is the only ancient civilisation where knowledge was deified. But as a nation we have not done justice to Indian knowledge systems.

09 Sep 2020

India, a resilient civilisation

Why did this civilisation not disappear, like so many others? The answer will have to be as complex as India itself.

02 May 2019

Unorganised, decentralised India

Given India's diversity, ancient semi-autonomous bodies helped consolidate a pan-India perspective of trade, business and polity.

02 Apr 2019

India’s search for meaning

This is the tenth part in a series on Master Ideas of Indian Civilisation.

04 Mar 2019

India’s search for Meaning

The supremacy of spiritual knowledge is perhaps the most significant master idea of Indian civilisation and will remain one of its most enduring legacies.

04 Mar 2019

Dharma, generator of Indian Ethics

Two of India’s longest texts, Mahabharata and Ramayana, are nothing but attempts to capture dharma’s meanings and nuances.

31 Jan 2019

The Individual and the Collective in Indian Thought

Harmonising the individual and the collective has been one of the most challenging problems human societies have had to tackle.

04 Oct 2018

Sacralising the Cosmos, Nature and Life

Many cultures around the world hold nature and life sacred. India went further and integrated the concept into her art and rituals.

03 Sep 2018

Consciousness, the key to Indic thought

We are not mere specks of dust, but are interconnected. What is the mechanism that accounts for this mysterious connection?

06 Aug 2018

The Universal in Indian Culture

Some scholars have proposed that this is nothing but the popular side of philosophico-spiritual systems that contemplated on the infinite.

06 Aug 2018

Defining Indian Civilisation

In the world of South Asian studies highly inflected with ideology and long-term political strategies, the word “civilisation” is rather out of date.

12 Jun 2018

Should Indian education be secular?

Any decent book on ancient Greece will have chapters on science & tech created by that civilisation. Our books have nothing comparable

19 May 2018

Our Freedom fighters and secularism

Indian nationalism is not about ‘Hinduism’ but about acknowledging the cultural foundations of Indian civilisation

02 May 2018

In India, is it Secularism or minorityism?

If one protests acts of aggression against minorities, one is secular; if one points out  Hindus have been victims too, one is ‘communal’

22 Apr 2018

Bogeyman of majority in India

There is, in reality, no Hindu majority; it is a construct of the colonial powers, who never missed a chance to pit Hindus against Muslims

02 Apr 2018

The great secular confusion

India’s brand of secularism denies equal rights to a perceived ‘majority’. It has no roots in the history of the land

19 Mar 2018

The ‘secular’ solution for Ayodhya

Did the SC miss a golden opportunity to resolve the conflict when it refused to hear a petition by 32 ‘public-spirited citizens’?

06 Mar 2018

The Riddle of Hinduism

Was our religion, which we consider ancient, constructed in the 19th century? And why is it tough to define Hinduism?  

07 Mar 2017

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