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Wisdom of the Upanishads

The Upanishads are a collection of philosophical and religious texts that are considered the essence of Hinduism. They are believed to have been composed between 800 BCE and 500 BCE, and they deal with a wide range of topics, including the nature of reality, the self, the soul, and liberation. The Upanishads are not a single text, but rather a collection of over 200 different works. They are written in Sanskrit, and they vary in length from a few verses to several chapters. The Upanishads are traditionally seen as the culmination of the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. The Upanishads have had a profound influence on Indian thought and culture. They have been the source of inspiration for many Hindu philosophers and religious teachers. They have also been influential in the development of other Indian religions, such as Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The Upanishads tackle a vast array of profound questions, ranging from the macrocosmic to the microcosmic, exploring reality,

Possibility of India becoming an Economic Power

India has the potential to become an economic power. It has a large and growing population, a young workforce, and a rapidly developing economy. In 2022, India's GDP was $2.94 trillion, making it the world's fifth largest economy. The IMF projects that India's GDP will grow at an average rate of 7.5% per year over the next five years, making it the fastest growing major economy in the world. India's economic growth is being driven by a number of factors, including: A young and growing population: India has the world's second largest population, with over 1.3 billion people. The median age in India is just 28 years old, which means that the country has a large and growing workforce. A rapidly developing economy: India's economy has been growing at an average rate of 7% per year for the past decade. This growth has been driven by a number of factors, including: A growing middle class: India's middle class is growing rapidly, and this is driving demand f

Challenges of Indian University Education System

The Indian university education system is facing a number of challenges, including: Outdated curriculum: The curriculum in many Indian universities is outdated and does not reflect the latest developments in their respective fields. This makes it difficult for students to keep up with the latest trends in their field and makes it difficult for them to find jobs after graduation. Lack of research: Indian universities are not doing enough research. This is a major problem because research is essential for the development of new knowledge and technologies. Without research, Indian universities will not be able to produce graduates who are able to contribute to the development of the country. Poor infrastructure: Many Indian universities do not have the necessary infrastructure to provide quality education. This includes things like adequate library facilities, laboratories, and computer facilities. Lack of qualified faculty: There is a shortage of qualified faculty in many Indi

Role of India in International Affairs

India has a number of strengths that make it a potential major player in international affairs These include: A large and growing population: India is the world's second most populous country, with a population of over 1.3 billion people. This gives India a large domestic market and a large pool of potential workers. A growing economy: India's economy has been growing rapidly in recent years, and it is now one of the world's largest economies. This gives India the resources to invest in its military and other areas that are important for international influence. A strong military: India has a large and well-equipped military. This gives India the ability to project power in the region and to protect its interests. A growing diplomatic influence: India has been increasing its diplomatic engagement with other countries in recent years. This has helped India to build relationships with other countries and to increase its influence on the world stage

State of democracy in India

The State of Democracy in the World Democracy is a form of government in which the people hold power. It is based on the idea that all people are equal and have a say in how their country is run. Democracy is not perfect, but it is the best form of government that we have. In recent years, democracy has been under attack around the world. There has been an increase in authoritarian governments, and many countries have seen a decline in democratic freedoms. This is a worrying trend, and it is important to understand what is happening and why. There are many reasons why democracy is under attack. One reason is that there is a growing sense of inequality in many countries. People feel that they are not being heard, and they are looking for alternatives. Another reason is that there is a growing distrust of institutions. People feel that the government is not working for them, and they are looking for new ways to make their voices heard. The decline in democracy is a serious problem.

Election Talks

The Election Commission of India announced the general election to the 15 th Lok Sabha on March 2, 2009. The elections will be held in 5 phases starting on April 26, 2009 and ending on May 13, 2009. The results of the election will be announced on May 16, 2009. Two phases are over by now. In democracy the election is opportunity to discuss about the future of the country. The state of economy, the current policies, the achievements and failures of the current government etc. should be part of that discussion. Unfortunately our politicians and main stream media seems not interested. Major parties published election manifestos as usual. It talk about subsidies, pensions and free stuff. Also some useless claims of secularism, stability and security. But all of them failed to provide a plan for the future of our country in this fast moving interconnected world. The major discussion points of our politicians are still around secularism. All of them favouring religious and communal elemen

Secularism of India

India is the land of many religions, languages and customs. Many philosophers are born here. Many religions started here. Modern India is the result of a division based on religious lines. The partition was succeeded by one of the worst human tragedies in world history. Mass migration and communal violence left millions dead. It also made scars in the minds of the people and even after half a century the wound are not healed. Religion and spirituality are very important for the Indians. From the history we can see that the successful rulers of the past understand the importance of tolerance among different sects and communities with different faith and customs. Emperor Ashoka (273 BC-232 BC) had been ruled a large centralized empire that ran from present day Afghanistan to Mysore in South India . Diverse communities, regions, cultures and sects inhabited in his empire had differences of opinion expressed in direct and antagonistic ways amongst the various religious sect

Social Issues of India

Even though colonialism and British barbarianism are the major reasons for the decline of India ’s wealth, prosperity and technological advancement, there are some socio-cultural issues made it easier for the colonialists and accelerated its impact. Religious customs and social framework made possible the independent self-sufficient communal villages of ancient India . But the restrictions on travel, education, division of labor and social customs restricts people from acquiring skills necessary for the self improvement and social advancement. Division of labor among the members is necessary for a self-sufficient independent community. But this division should be based on skills and experience rather than color of the skin or family. The possibility to change labor and class will allow competition to acquire skills and further advance technological achievements. In ancient Indian society the system of social stratification and social restrictions was mainly based on labor alone

Effects of Colonization in India

Some people still have the illusion that the British Raj was not all that bad. But in reality is that the British Colonial rule as against the interests of the common people of the Indian sub-continent and it destroyed the education system, economy, ancient monuments and livelihood of the people. One can trace the education system in India to third century B.C. Ancient days, the sages and scholars imparted education orally. After the development of letters it took the form of writing. Palm leaves and bark of trees were used for education. Temples and community centers often took the role of schools. When Buddhism spread in India , education became available to everyone and this led to the establishment of some world famous educational institutions Nalanda, Vikramshila and Takshashila. These educational institutes in fact arose from the monasteries. History has taken special care to give Nalanda University , which flourished from the fifth to 13th century AD, full credit for its e

Partition of India

Geographical region in ancient India is divided into multiple countries now. Sri Lanka ( Ceylon ) was part of the South Indian kingdoms and part of the Madras presidency of British India . In 1798 it become a separate crown colony and granted independence on February 4, 1948 . Myanmar (old Burma ) was annexed by the British in 1826 and governed as part of the British Indian administration until 1937. There after directly administrated by the British until it granted independence on January 4, 1948 . The countries Nepal and Bhutan had singed treaties with the British designating them as independent states and they were never a part of British India . End of British Raj led to the creation of Dominion of Pakistan (now Islamic Republic of Pakistan) on August 14, 1947 and Union of India (now Republic of India ) on August 15, 1947 . The actual division between the two new dominions was done according to what has come to be known as the Mountbatten Plan . The border between

Towards Independence

After many years of struggle and resolutions, Indian National Congress finally passed a resolution which asks for complete independence for India . On August 8, 1942 the Quit India Resolution was passed at the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee which demands complete independence from Britain . It proposed that if the British did not accede to the demands, massive civil disobedience would be launched. At Gowalia Tank, Bombay , Gandhi urged Indians to follow non-violent civil disobedience. He told the masses to act as an independent nation and not to follow the orders of the British. His call found support among a large number of Indians. It also found support among Indian revolutionaries who were not necessarily agree to Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence. Within the Indian independence movement there was a concept of an armed force fighting its way into India to overthrow the British Raj. During the Second World War, this plan found revival, with a number

The Gandhian Movement

India ’s struggle for swaraj continues under the leadership of Gandhi, commonly known as "Mahatma" (or Great Soul). He had been educated in Britain he didn’t have much success as a lawyer while he was in India . He had accepted an invitation in 1893 to represent indentured Indian laborers in South Africa . He stayed on for more than twenty years and been a prominent leader of the anti-Apartheid movement. He had been a vocal opponent of basic discrimination and abusive labor treatment as well as suppressive police control. He returned to India in 1915 and joins the national movement. Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a veteran Congressman and Indian leader became Gandhi's mentor. Gandhi's ideas and strategies of nonviolent civil disobedience (Satyagraha) appeared impractical to many educated Indians at the beginning. Observers realized Gandhi's political potential when he used the Satyagraha during the anti-Rowlett Acts protests in Punjab . In 1920, under Gandhi's l

Swaraj And Swadeshi

The first nationalistic sentiment among the members of the Indian National Congress was to representation in the government bodies. Dadabhai Naoroji successfully contested in an election and become the first Indian member in the British House of Commons. Aware of the economic devastation that British rule had brought on the country, India 's broad masses were responding eagerly to the nationalist message. But the nationalist movement was also becoming exceedingly divided between two poles representing radically different currents and tendencies. Whereas one side attempted to restrict the national movement to a struggle for political reforms, the other side sees the aspirations of the general public and called for the complete liberation from colonial rule. Bal Gangadhar Tilak eloquently and succinctly summarized the sentiments of the new and increasingly militant national movement. He spoke of British rule as having ruined trade, caused the collapse of industry, and destroyed