Archive for August 2013
S.P. Mittal Etc. Etc vs Union Of India And Others
1983 AIR, 1 1983 SCR (1) 729
CHINNAPPA REDDY, J.: Everyone has a religion, or at least, a view or a window on religion, be he a bigot or simple believer, philosopher or pedestrian, atheist or agnostic. Religion, like ‘democracy’ and ‘equality’ is an elusive expression, which everyone understands according to his preconceptions. What is religion to some is pure dogma to others and what is religion to others is pure superstition to some others. Karl Marx in his contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Law described religion as the ‘Opium of the people’. He said further “Basically religion is a very convenient sanctuary for bourgeois thought to flee to in times of stress.” Bertrand Russell, in his essay ‘Why I am not Christian’, said, “Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear.” It is partly…
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I’ve written about this quite a bit over the last year, but it’s worth repeating again and again. When thinking of things that need to be overcome in philosophy and culture, forget philosophies of presence, forget ontotheology, forget identity thinking; if there’s one thing that needs to be overcome it’s the pre-modern concept of nature. Okay, I exaggerate here a bit. Ontotheology (which I see as deeply tied to the pre-modern concept of nature), philosophies of presence, and identity thought are things that need to be worked through as well, but I can’t help but believe that the premodern concept of nature trumps all the rest. Is there any form of oppression and exploitation for which the premodern concept of nature has not been evoked? “Women are naturally inferior to men.” “Some groups of people are naturally inferior and therefore worthy of being slaves” (Aristotle). “Some groups of people are…
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Polemics of Decolonisation: The Art Criticism of Sri Aurobindo and Ananda Coomaraswamy by Dr. Sachidananda Mohanty
Posted August 16, 2013on:
Shortly after August 1910, on exile from British India at the French enclave of Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo wrote a rejoinder to an article entitled ‘Comment and Criticism: The Indian Fine Arts critics’, earlier published in The Modern Review of Calcutta (Vol. 8, No.2, pp. 207-13). The Review’s editor identified the author of the article as ‘a student of Ravi Varma, (1848-1906) the famous Indian artist.’ While defending Varma, the article made disparaging remarks against critics such as Ananda K. Coomaraswamy and Sister Nivedita.
Castigating the reviewer for his ‘theatrical wit and school boy impertinence’, Sri Aurobindo thought that ‘the Ravi Varma superstition in India had received its quietus’. For the painter in question, ‘is the grand debaser of Indian taste and artistic culture.’ Sadly, ‘a belated lance is lifted in the August number of The Modern Review for the fallen idol.’ (ECW: 468)
The hostility displayed in the review, adds…
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Here is an interesting history of how Russians came into contact with Sri Aurobindo during the time of the Soviet Union. This article was originally posted on the website of Varuna Energy & Water Pvt. Ltd., which is a unit based in Auroville.
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Dear Friends and Well-wishers,
Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre Trust and Overman Foundation had jointly organized an audio-visual presentation on Sri Aurobindo titled “Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry” on Thursday, 1 August 2013 at 6.30 p.m. in the premises of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre located at P—532, BLOCK “M”, New Alipore, Kolkata 700053.
This audio-visual presentation which was perhaps the first of its kind held at Sri Aurobindo Centres in West Bengal chronicled the entire period of Sri Aurobindo’s life from 1910 to December 1950 with the help of 154 photographs (some of which were quite rare) and narratives through a slide show. Based on a script prepared by Mr. Anurag Banerjee, the said presentation was conducted by Mr. Partha Sarathi Bose (Managing Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre Trust) and Mr. Anurag Banerjee (Founder, Overman Foundation). A special attraction of the programme was the rendition of two recorded songs on Sri Aurobindo…
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