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Friday, May 07, 2021

K.P. Shankaran

The writer taught philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Gandhi’s Gita
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Gandhi’s reading of the Gita, the most important text of the Vaishnava sect of Hinduism, is part of his internal criticism of popular Hinduism

The post-truth history of Gandhi’s ‘racism’
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Recent accounts, analysis of Gandhi's time in South Africa miss facts, context to create a gross misrepresentation. While there were ethical lapses in his time there, his moral journey was remarkable.

Basheer: The philosopher of goodness
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Vaikom Mohammed Basheer was more than a fiction writer — he was an original philosopher who believed the earth belonged to all life-forms 

Gandhi, like the Buddha, found that concern for the well-being of all was an antidote to fear
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

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.

In Good Faith: Gandhi and the varna question
Mon, Feb 25, 2019

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

Tyranny of the majority
Wed, Jan 30, 2019

In many ways, Gandhi’s scepticism about representative democracy resonates.

In Good Faith: Ethics for enlightenment
Mon, Dec 03, 2018

Unlike most religious and spiritual traditions, the Tao-te Ching and Buddhism of the Nikayas places the well-being of all at their core.

In Good Faith: Gandhi’s radical Hinduism
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

His endeavour was to encourage a creative ‘misreading’ of these texts that would help situate Hinduism on the bedrock of ahimsa and satya.

In Good Faith: How philosophy became impractical
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Once upon a time, the love of wisdom was not just something confined to the realm of academia. It was a way of life.