The writer taught philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Vaikom Mohammed Basheer was more than a fiction writer — he was an original philosopher who believed the earth belonged to all life-forms
Our fascination for men like Gandhi, the Buddha or Socrates “rests on the need of all men to find the few who plausibly take it upon themselves to reveal — and give meaning to — what others must deny at all times but cannot really forget for a moment”— death/nothingness.
It is easy to cherry-pick from his writings to paint him a racist and anti-Dalit. But Gandhi’s views evolved, reflected his ethical project
In many ways, Gandhi’s scepticism about representative democracy resonates.
Unlike most religious and spiritual traditions, the Tao-te Ching and Buddhism of the Nikayas places the well-being of all at their core.
His endeavour was to encourage a creative ‘misreading’ of these texts that would help situate Hinduism on the bedrock of ahimsa and satya.
Once upon a time, the love of wisdom was not just something confined to the realm of academia. It was a way of life.