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Swami Vivekananda and the world-6

“They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” By Kanchan Banerjee Bridging the East and the West British colonial oppressive rule had two distinct effects on Indian minds. Many, due to getting advantageous opportunities and positions were very friendly to the ruling class and adopted western lifestyle. However the vast majority resented the presence of western people in India and virtually had hatred towards the West because of the horrific treatment meted out towards them. ...
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Swami Vivekananda and the world – 5

“They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” By Kanchan Banerjee The grand plan It appears today that a grand divine plot of a historical drama unfolded over the course of a century in preparation for the arrival of the great Swami to give his message to the world. It is now well known that the transcendental movement was already in motion in America in the early 1800s epitomized by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was part of a philosophical movement protesting the general state of culture and society, as well as the state of ...
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Swami Vivekananda and the world – 3

“They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” By Kanchan Banerjee Indian society then After long years of invasions and occupations of foreign hostile political and cultural forces, reforms in Indian social system almost stopped. Superstition and cultism entered into the society. Ritualistic, caste and untouchability -ridden masses were crying for salvation. At that time claiming that only their viewpoint is the right and valid one there were sectarian quarrels and infightings among various schools, sects and cults within the Hindu system. He severely criticized all forms of discrimination including untouchability in the society. ...
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Swami Vivekananda and the world – 4

“They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” By Kanchan Banerjee America and the world in late 18th century Let us for a moment go back in history.  What was happening in late 19th century? Over a century passed since the American Independence. As a beacon light to the world for liberty and human dignity America led the new world. But slavery and lack of freedom of women was still stifling the American society.  In medieval Europe rule of Church and poverty together forced people to leave the continent and ended up arriving in America for ...
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The Rise and Rise of Corporate Social Responsibility

Are businesses all about making profits or does contributing to social good fit into the picture? Do businesses actually understand the real value of CSR? Is CSR all about ‘building trust’? These are some of the questions Vineet Dubey probes as he contemplates the rise of CSR in India, against the backdrop of this fully-grown phenomenon in the West Are businesses all about making profits or does contributing to social good fit into the picture? With Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) being made mandatory, will students in the social service sector stand to gain? Whatever stand is taken by the corporates, ...
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Swami Vivekananda and the world – 2

“They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” By Kanchan Banerjee Voyage to America This was 1893. Vivekananda got a call to go to America when he heard that there a World’s Parliament of Religions was being held in Chicago. When he was asked why he was going to America, ...
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Swami Vivekananda and the world – 1

“They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” By Kanchan Banerjee This writing is an attempt to educate the world about the phenomenon called Swami Vivekananda whose 150th birth anniversary is celebrated this year. This is an effort to explore and understand his multifaceted personality. It is not a biographical project, nor is it intended for any particular audience. It aims to explore how he has impacted lives of all people in the past and will continue to influence the evolution of people and societies. ...
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The Desi Factor in U.S.- India Relations

David J Karl writes on the success and prosperity of the Indian-American community and how the Indians have become a driving force on the U.S. business landscape According to a new Gallup survey, more than two-thirds of the U.S. public has a positive impression of India, a score that even edges out Israel’s traditionally-high favorability rating. This is the latest indicator of how decisively American perceptions about the country have changed. Not too long ago, India was regarded as the very epitome of what the term “Third World” meant – decrepit, destitute and pitiable. Yet in a relatively short period ...
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Lessons from London

All good things must end. So has the London Olympics, which has come to a close after a fortnight of action that cast a mesmeric spell on sports lovers worldwide. Michael Phelps on the podium for the one last time, Usain Bolt’s ways of celebrating his triumphs: these are just a few among those countless moments that will live on in our minds forever. ...
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Madhya Pradesh The Crowning Glory

If you are looking to invest and grow your business in a place that offers unmatched business advantage, look no further than Madhya Pradesh. With Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12%, Madhya Pradesh is the focus of immense growth and presents you with vast investment opportunities across all sectors. With its emphasis on all-round development, the state is the role model of inclusive growth in the county today. Madhya Pradesh’s strategic location has helped the state establish as a logistic hub of India that provides easy access to consumer markets across the length and breadth of the nation. Daily ...
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