Indica New Delhi, in association with Quill and Canvas, is organizing launch of the thought provoking ‘Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity’ and a talk by the author Makarand R. Paranjape. Retired Indian Army Officer, Major General G D Bakshi, will be the Guest of Honour for the session.
Date: 31st January, 2020
Time: 4.30 pm-7.00 pm
Venue: Quill and Canvas, 122, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, DLF 5, Sector 53, Gurgaon, Haryana- 122009
About the author:
Makarand R Paranjape is currently Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He has been a Professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University since 1999. He got his B.A. (Hons.) in English from St. Stephen’s College, and MA & PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).
His recent books include Debating the Post Condition in India: Critical Vernaculars, Unauthorized Modernities, Post-Colonial Contentions (Routledge, 2018), Cultural Politics in Modern India (Routledge, 2016),The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi (Penguin Random House, 2015), and Transit Passenger/Passageiro em Transito (University of Sao Paolo, 2016), an Indo-Brazilian book of poems. Makarand is currently a columnist for Swarajya, DNA, and Mail Today.
About the book:
Arguably, the greatest achievement of Swami Vivekananda, one of the most celebrated icons of modern India, was the reconstruction of Hinduism. This he accomplished by reforming the religion in India and changing its image in the West.
This book tries to get to the heart of Swami Vivekananda’s legacy and his relevance in the contemporary world. It examines hitherto lesser-known aspects of Swamiji’s life and work, including his contributions to practical Vedanta, universal religion, science-spirituality and inter-religious dialogue, dharmic secularism, educational philosophy, poetry, and, above all, to the problem of Indian modernity.
Despite the abundance of literature available on him, Swami Vivekananda is still not understood adequately, remaining somewhat of an enigma. A fresh reading of the life and times of the Swami by someone who has studied him closely, Makarand R. Paranjape’s detailed, thought-provoking account shows that in Vivekananda’s visionary thoughts lay the seeds of the creation of a modern India. This book reclaims Swami Vivekananda’s stature as a pioneer of contemporary Hindu thought and nationalism.
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