The election season in India has begun and the decibel levels are getting louder and shriller. Amidst all the din & noise and the drama that is getting played out in states like Karnataka and West Bengal, one tends to ignore issues centered around Governance. While one takes a bird’s view of the evolution of Governance & Democracy in India since independence, one feels both proud and impressed. I have tried to summarize this in line with the Governance Indicators developed by the World Bank and the same can be heard in the recent speech that I gave at the Tagore Center, Embassy of India, Berlin. This talk was organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi and was held on the 16th of January, 2019.
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It was January 1985. I was sitting with Swami Achalanandaji, a monk who was then living at the Ramakrishna Institute of Moral & Spiritual Education in Mysuru and discussing the qualities of an ideal student and that of an ideal Teacher (Guru). Swamiji was trying to explain to me Shankara’s ‘Vivekachudamani’, wherein Shankara so wonderfully describes these qualities. I felt them to be so ideal that I was left wondering if such people really existed. Suddenly Achalanandaji turned the conversation to another monk in the Ramakrishna Order, whom he said I had to meet, and who embodied this concept. He
I will be writing a column in the Civil Society magazine for the next few months titled ‘Village Voices’. I wanted to begin the series with an article on Mahatma Gandhi, whose message I believe is still relevant and valid. Read the first article that appeared in the March 2019 issue here: https://civilsocietyonline.com/column/village-voices/why-gandhi-still-inspires/