Monday, November 19, 2012

The Treaty of Cession (1962) Fifty Years Later

Pondicherry and France Auroville Radio
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the dejure transfer of the French Establishments in India to the Union of India (August 1962), the Pavillon de France à Auroville and the Central University of Pondicherry (Centre for European Studies) are organizing a two-day seminar on the theme The Treaty of Cession (1962) Fifty Years Later, Pondicherry and France.

Whatever the appearance we must bear, Whatever our strong ills and present fate, When nothing we can see but drift and bale, A mighty Guidance leads us still through all. Sri Aurobindo, Savitri

Mamata to visit Chandernagore via waterway The Statesman 19 November 2012 KOLKATA, 19 NOV:
To avoiding traffic congestion and assess the potential for developing Chandernagore as a tourist spot, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will use  the  river to reach the city tomorrow.  
Devotees of Sri Aurobindo from all over the globe visit the place where Sri Aurobindo stayed in the house of Motilal Roy after being acquitted in the Alipore bomb case.
Close associates of Sri Aurobindo including Sister Nivedita got the news that the British were planning to arrest him once again. She persuaded Sri Aurobindo to leave the city and Sri Aurobindo left for Chandernagore in a boat.

A Nightmarish Legacy from Centre Right India by Sandeep Balakrishna
Nehru was India’s20th Century Tughlaq. Over the last four days, I’ve been thinking of a term to characterize independent India’s first Prime Minister and this is the closest and the most accurate I could think of. Other Suggestions are welcome. The parallels are so stark and evident that I cursed myself for not noticing them earlier. India was a playground on which Nehru played out his numerous self-designed sports—except that every single sport he designed ended up grievously wounding if not killing the actual players who merely happened to be the citizens of India. Not too unlike Tughlaq. And not too unlike Tughlaq, Nehru was full of ideas. To our eternal misfortune, this Nabob of Cluelessness, like Tughlaq, had the power to, and implemented those ideas whose rightful place is in the world of fantasy. Like Tughlaq, Nehru’s unrivalled cluelessness was only complemented by his incurable megalomania. Tughlaq at least lived in a time when the Royal Ego was a desired qualification in a ruler.

SELF: Father-image of Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo giving balanceand fulfilment
rainbOwther: Sri Aurobindo’s theory of a spiritualisedEthics 

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