A talk about Mahatma Gandhi

gandhi Mahatma Gandhi Society of Ottawa, 1984. Speech during the symposium held on Monday January 30, 1984 at St. Paul University, Ottawa. It is singularly appropriate that a symposium on Mahatma Gandhi should take place within the precincts of St. Paul University. Gandhi applied the Sermon on the Mount in a large socio-political setting; perhaps the largest in history as far as application of the Sermon is concerned. The Church departed from the Sermon on the Mount fairly soon after she was accepted by the Roman establishment, and, subsequently, propounded the Doctrine of Just War. (more…)

March 05th, 2009 | category:speeches |

Book Review : The Lexus and the Olive tree: Understanding Globalisation by Thomas L. Friedman

lexus Published by Anchor Books, 2000; $15, pages 490. GLOBALISATION is impacting more and more on our lives, for better or worse, and there are so many books on this. Yet most of us find it difficult to get a grip on it. What is globalisation? Is it the process of creating a global village or is it an instrument for global pillage? Thomas L. Friedman, 49, twice Pulitzer Prize winner for his articles as a columnist for The New York Times, has a refreshing and lucid style. Francis Fukuyama, whose The End of History was once acclaimed as a seminal work on the post-Cold War world, has high praise for Friedman's book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalisation: "A powerful volume that comes as close as anything we now have to a definition of the real character of the new world order." (more…)

March 05th, 2009 | category:book-reviews |
international-affairs, uncategorized

Most unpopular war in history

Most unpopular war in history Why did the leaders of the international community choose the Azores islands, almost midway between Europe and America for a summit? In order to underline the importance they attach to trans-Atlantic solidarity? No. The choice was made in order to escape from anti-war demonstrators. Even as the leading lights of the ‘coalition of the willing', the chiefs of government of United States of America, United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal were meeting and taking the world perilously close to a big war, Jose Saramago, the Nobel laureate Portuguese writer taking part in one of the many demonstrations throughout the world said: "We are marching against the law of the jungle that the United States and its acolytes old and new want to impose." (more…)

March 05th, 2009 | category:international-affairs, uncategorized |
book-reviews, books, uncategorized

Book Review: Hannah Arendt and International Relations

Hannah Arendt and International Relations Edited by Antony F.Lang, Jr. and John Williams Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2005, pages 236 There are nine papers in all, written by six scholars, two of whom double up as editors. All the writers are university teachers, with four of them teaching International Relations(IR). Hannah Arendt never wrote on IR as such. But, the editors believe that it is possible to gain insights of value in IR from philosophers even if they do not directly theorize on IR. So far no attempt has been made to find out to what extent the ideas of Arendt can be invoked into IR. This book is the first such attempt. (more…)

March 05th, 2009 | category:book-reviews, books, uncategorized |
international-affairs, speeches, uncategorized

India at sixty

We shall, and we should celebrate the first sixty years of our political independence. It is natural to celebrate. There is much to celebrate. At the same time ,we should also do something that is not so natural to us: to introspect. What have we as a people done with the sixty years that have elapsed? How have we filled them? Could we have done better? Such introspection that we have in mind should be undertaken with humility and objectivity. We should exaggerate neither our failures nor our successes. As Shakespeare put it: This above all :to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. (more…)

March 05th, 2009 | category:international-affairs, speeches, uncategorized |
international-affairs, uncategorized

Commonsense on terror

All human beings minus those who mistakenly believe that they gain from acts of terrorism want to live in a terror-free world. Those who believe that they stand to gain from acts of terrorism are a small minority . That minority can be divided into two lots, one, those who plan and carry out the acts, and two, those who believe that in the name of fighting terror they can consolidate and prolong their hold on power. (more…)

March 05th, 2009 | category:international-affairs, uncategorized |

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