Monthly Archives: March 2011

Nalanda- the oldest university

Nalanda is undoubtedly the oldest inexistant university in the world. Takshashila was an education center, while Nalanda was a full fledged university. Bologna, the oldest existant university, was initiated in 1088, and Paris, in 1091. Other ancient universities include Oxford, which was established in 1167, and Cambridge, in 1209. Nalanda was established in 427! It is unfortunate that Nalanda does not have a continuous existence, in which case, its status would have reached greater heights. Continue reading

Takshashila- the light of the world

Much before the world had seen Alexander, in the 6th century BC, King Cyrus established an empire which extended from Egypt to the Indus. Since then, Takshashila was invaded numerous times and it emerged as the cosmopolitan town of the east where great scholarship emerged. It was a historic meelting pot of the east and the west, just like millenias later, Dharward would become the melting pot of the north and the south Indian musical culture. Continue reading

Bravehearts of India

Today is the day when 3 young martyrs laid their lives for the cause of their nation. A few bravehearts followed the path laid by Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Men of steel who gave freedom a greater meaning for their people. Read my latest article on the-NRI.

Being modern, being western

India had a glorious tradition of learning and education. It is unfortunate that we left this glorious tradition of knowledge and learning systems behind. What is tragic is that we today think that these systems are outdated and unsuited to the contemporary world. Academic and classroom teaching has overtaken heuristics based learning. We have somehow established a strong connection between modernity and western civilization. Continue reading

Risks of vaccinations

My teacher sri B P Harichandra had presented a seminar on ‘The risks of Vaccinations‘ at XVI All India Homoeopathic Scientific Seminar, 2009. This prestegious seminar was hosted by The Homeopathic Medical Association of India. Recently, he also published a Kannada book on the same issue, titled “Vishadha Soojigalu”. Continue reading

Some notes on the census form of India

I recently had a look at the census form of India. I was happy to note that question 3 on ‘Gender’ seeks to enumerate transgenders alongside men and women. I was shocked to find that under question 9 on ‘Disability’, ‘mental retardation’ is listed as one of the disabilities. Now who uses that kind of language in  census form? Continue reading

Act of tyranny! Bill of injustice!

The Hindu has written against it. Churmuri has protested it. Kafila has protested it. Prashant IyengarVickram Crishna and Nikhil Pahwa have all protested it. Yet by and large, the blogging community seems to be unware about the fact that their freedom of expression is in grave danger! All of a sudden when citizen journalism is the order of the day and RTI is taking shape, the tyrant government is blocking our freedom of speech. Continue reading