Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Indian Independence was instrumental in realising the unity of mankind

There can't, perhaps, be a more opportune moment for a book like Oxford Handbook on Indian Constitution which is going to be released on April 20 (EMI starts at 1,192.74 per month Options). As usual, there won't be much reference to Sri Aurobindo but his Five Dreams Manifesto (August 14, 1947) and The Mother's Auroville Charter (February 28, 1968) constitute far superior visions. Savitri Era is a feeble attempt to keep those lofty ideals within sight in the day-to-day life. And in this task, all its four dimensions are critical:
1) Education - Recent happenings in JNU and HCU underscore ideological vacuum and need for credible alternative.
2) Politics - The way RSS is trying to poison minds by corrupting discourse needs to be countered.
3) Religion - The significance of the descent of the Supramental Consciousness upon Earth (February 29, 1956) needs to be told in a wider scale.
4) Personal Evolution - The scope for transforming one's own action and consciousness is normal to be expected by engaging with the above spheres.
Once again thanking Google for making it possible for this post to reach across continents and touching sympathetic minds. [TNM55]

March 30, 2016, Sagarika Ghose in Bloody Mary | Edit Page, India | TOI
Today, the pendulum has swung almost to the opposite side with Dalit and marginalised viewpoints falling off the media map and the Hindu zeitgeist aggressively taking centre stage... The English language media particularly, is often caricatured as a disconnected, elitist, Macaulayputra mouthpiece reluctant to focus on Hindu issues. The truth is, with some exceptions the English media reflects the liberal view away from religious extremes. Charges that the media is “anti-Hindu” is only a means to browbeat and intimidate journalists and further shrink the space for raising questions.

millenniumpost.in/NewsContent.aspx?NID=263701 4 April 2016, New Delhi, 
Amulya Ganguli - The beauty of an open society is that its air of freedom has a calming effect on fundamentalists... But good sense has prevailed with the country's tolerant multicultural tenets exorcising authoritarian tendencies. It is to be hoped that this evidence of moderation, emanating from the RSS, is strengthened with a firm admonition from Nagpur and New Delhi to the extremists in the saffron ranks to remain within the bounds of the law. Mercifully, some of them, like Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj, have been silenced either by Modi via BJP president Amit Shah or the RSS.

Is The RSS Making Peace With Modernity? It Certainly Seems So Four changes that the 91 year old RSS has made in recent months that augur well for its future. Memo to RSS: if it continues along the lines it has been changing of late, it has a bright future. It may even put India’s phoney “secularists” out of business. R Jagannathan April 4, 2016 http://swarajyamag.com/ideas/is-the-rss-making-peace-with-modernity-it-certainly-seems-so …

Away From The “Left” And “Right”: Towards Indic Liberalism Hari Kiran Vadlamani
Indic is a defining attribute to a Liberal. As an adjective, ‘Indic’ seeks to describe respect for:
India as being part of a 5000-year-old unbroken civilisation.
Timeless profundity of the scientific and philosphical insights of our ancestors without making any grandiose claims.
Intrinsically pluralistic socio-cultural-economic profile of our country.
While the term Liberal has acquired diverse meanings across various countries, here we use the term simply to mean someone who signifies a willingness to accept diverse views and is open to new ideas, more specifically:
Politically & Economically
An Indic Liberal politically and economically, believes in the principles of:
Limited government
Free markets
Individual liberty
Equality of opportunity
Assertive defence policy
An Indic Liberal, even if he is an atheist or agnostic believes that any Liberal religion should be based on the following principles:
Be non dogmatic, evolving and self reforming
Not encourage any superstitious practices
Not lay any claims of exclusivity
Not be predatory
Respect non-believers from within and without
Not be discriminatory against gender or class
Encourage spiritual enquiry and reasoning

Excerpt from Oxford Handbook on Indian Constitution in Live Mint Our "Un Indian Constitution" http://goo.gl/6itzu2 Sujit Choudhry - Madhav Khosla
In this introduction, the book’s editors explain how the Constitution was about a moral revolution and how it transcended nationalism ... Indian people were finally sovereign and dedicating themselves to the universal values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.
there was a self-conscious sense that in writing a text, India was finding a way to resolve major substantive debates and disputes over norms and values. The task of constitutionalism was a morality that transcended positions and disagreements on particular issues; indeed, its strength was that it gave a framework for having a common institutional life despite disagreements. The second aspect of constitutionalism was the ambition that while the Constitution would serve Indian needs, it would not be bound by any particular tradition. It would, rather, reflect and be in the service of a global conversation on law and values.
The Indian nationalist movement, while radical in its normative hopes, was self-consciously a constitutional movement. In its early phases, it spoke the language of English law. Even when it acquired, under Gandhi, the character of a mass movement, it was anti-revolutionary. It placed a premium on eschewing violence as a means of overturning social order or advancing political goals.
Remarkably, Ambedkar emerges as equally, if not more, committed to a form of non-violence as Gandhi. The respect towards constitutional forms is the singular means through which a non-violent mode of political action can come into being. 
The Indian Constitution is, in a significant sense, a cosmopolitan constitution. It was a cosmopolitan constitution in its fidelity to the universal principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity. But it is also a cosmopolitan constitution in a second sense. Its text and principles, its values and its jurisprudence, have been situated at the major cross-currents of global constitutional law.
The Indian nationalist movement was self-conscious about the need to transcend nationalism; Indian Independence was instrumental in realising the unity of mankind. For such a project, it did not make sense to limit the possible sources of normative or legal authority. To be free was not to be bound by a particular tradition, or just a particular political contract. It was to be free to take any tradition and history and make it one’s own. Excerpted with permission from Oxford University Press. The book will be released on 20 April.

Via Prof Don Boudreaux Of Cafe Hayek - a site you ought to be reading daily. http://cafehayek.com/2016/04/quotation-of-the-day-1671.html …

@ARangarajan1972 @dire_nair To be human is not about always being rational. Human rationality is circumscribed by human emotion & psy needs

Moderate believes in the good passages and the extremist believes in the bad. But it's the same book & that's what matters to the extremist. Like a virus that needs a human cell to survive and thrive, an extremist needs a moderate or else he will die, become extinct. Religion cannot be reformed. It is that book - a novel - that will have no further editions. Religion is Take it or leave it. Leave it. The biggest con in the world is the argument that one can be progressive and liberal and religious all at the same time. Infinitely amusing.
Yes. Liberal: Total belief in freedom of choice, speech, expression. Religious: Total belief in God, his or her sermons, edicts. Belief in God is irrational, stemming out of ignorance (wilful or not), fear, and refusal to accept science, logic. @TheJaggi Well-said and true. Problem comes when humans decide to thrust their irrationality on other humans. En masse. @dire_nair at 12:14 PM

#HindutvaProject #KNonTwt A Note to Myself & Fellow Hindu Nationalists Each time an avowedly Hindu leader… http://twishort.com/wEokc 
A Note to Myself & Fellow Hindu Nationalists 
Each time an avowedly Hindu leader makes a Secular beep, his supporters (not all, but vocal) run helter-skelter imagining betrayal. Instead of becoming emotional and therefore reactive, is there a rational way to understand Hindu polity? (In this sense, Hindu polity refers to the field of play created by Hindu Nationalist politics) Here's a rough mapping of what I have tended to use. Permutations & combinations of signalling in Hindu polity.
1. What Hindu politicians do
2. What Hindu ideologues plan
3. What Hindu intellectuals articulate
4. What the Hindu literate lay desire
5. What the Hindu illiterate lay feel
Caveat - If you do not confuse literacy with education, you will better appreciate the potential of the category "illiterate lay" and realise the probable weakness of the "literate lay". 
The Key being power and its retention in a multi-party, multi-cultural, universally franchised democracy, begin playing the Mind Game. 
It's really very simple. Place yourself in the category you think you fall in. Think about your rapture or angst. Observe how the other categories are responding. Then observe how the political leadership is behaving. 
Invariably, if the political leadership is focused on retaining power, they will be listening to certain segments more closely; no matter what ideas get generated and what the emotional attachment to those ideas are.
In terms of generating a powerful and useful idea, it is clear whose job (The Intellectual) it is to articulate it in a way that aligns with all the categories that will ensure the retention of political power simply because the wielder of power is the Politician in power. I hope this attempt at reason helps understand better our emotional peaks and troughs. All comment welcome. - Namaste

@_Mauna_ @VikasSaraswat Link opened but not the prose. Too coded to be ordinarily understood or practiced. Signals sinking hope for Hindutva

Savitri Era: Decoupling lifestyle choices from Religion, tradition, and Political parties http://savitriera.blogspot.com/2016/04/decoupling-lifestyle-choices-from.html?spref=tw …

History of Sri Aurobindo movement in Odisha: Babaji, Prapatti, & Utsabananda Samantaray https://savitriera.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/babaji-prapatti-and-utsabananda-samantaray/ … #FiveDreams #SavitriEraParty
There is nothing wrong about raising questions about matters belonging to what is generally called the ‘lower knowledge’, or the intellectual knowledge, which is generally a mixture of falsehood or incompleteness. But where spiritual truth is concerned, what is not yet realised must be prepared for by faith, not by sceptical questioning. In this realm one has to grow into the greater reality and one has to live it inwardly; it is not a truth which can be proved.
Those who have some appreciation of the magnitude of the change envisaged by Sri Aurobindo would never ask the question “How soon will the Supramental Consciousness descend here? This is to assume that it has not descended yet, and if it has, it is obliged to act in a miraculous way, giving instant immortality to the likes of you and me. -Dr. Mangesh V. Nadkarni

The characteristic of humanity is the development of the mental capacity; yet, with some reflection, we can easily understand that this is not a pure mental capability acting in its own native sphere with its own native power. Rather, the mental functions in humanity rely on the physical senses in order to perceive, obtain data, communicate with and act upon the world. We can conceive of a pure mental sphere that is not dependent on the physical senses for its cognitive or active functions. Everything that is perceived must be filtered and processed by the mind. This is a different order of response and reaction to what occurs at the plant or lower animal level where the vital being predominates and there is an immediacy and fluidity that takes place due to the lack of a transcription and filtering process in the mind in that sphere.

15. The Auroville Charter: a new vision of power and promise ... for people choosing another way of life auroville.org/contents/1 Oct 25, 2014 - Auroville was born on 28 February 1968. Its founder, the Mother, created the Auroville Charter consisting of four main ideas which underpinned ... The Charter thus forms an omnipresent referent that silently guides the people who choose to live and work for Auroville. The Auroville Charter | Auroville auroville.org/contents/548 Aug 10, 2014 - Hindi version of Auroville Charter

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