Rohith Krishna has a master’s degree in Historical Studies from Nalanda University, Rajgir. He also has a postgraduate diploma in Rural Development Management from the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad. His areas of interest include Religious and Cultural Studies, Western Reception of Indian Thought, Intellectual History, Historicism, Cultural Experiences of Time. His Master’s dissertation titled “Through the Lens of Time: Time and the Discourse of Universal Religion” throws light on how the ‘sense of time’ gets reflected among various modern Hindu thinkers as they try to identify Hinduism as a universal religion in the context of modernity. It also focuses on the temporal background by which the cultural category called ‘universal religion’ was formulated

Contributions 
The Precondition to ‘Tolerate’: Remembering Swami Vivekananda’s Wisdom on September 11 The usage of the word ‘tolerance’ could be traced back to 15th century when it denoted ‘the power or capacity of sustaining’. It evolved to receive a more political meaning in the 16th century to mean ‘action of allowing; license, permissio...

Perceiving Silk Road as a Pilgrimage Route to India If someone has to physically locate the Silk Road, then they would usually find a region from the main landmass of China to the ancient Roman Empire. The route in between, also touches the northern region of the Indian subcontinent as well as the Cen...

Mohinī on a Swing: Between the Singularity and Plurality of Desire(s) “We bow to the god whose sign is a sea serpent, To Kāma , who makes the gods Śiva, Brahmā and Viṣṇu slaves in dark chambers of doe-eyed women; To Kāma, whose marvelous artifice eludes all words” ...

Do We Need an International Day for Hinduphobia? Introduction The world wouldn’t have forgotten the unfortunate Christchurch Mosque shootings in New Zealand, which killed around 50 people and was executed by a single gunman named Brenton Tarrant on Friday, 15th March 2019. To cement thi...

Metaphors of Reverence: A Tale of Two Civilisational Gestures Reverence to others comes out as what one has inherited and learned from their elders or ancestors. As Martin Heidegger puts it, “In giving thanks, the heart gives thought to what it has and what it is.”1 The praxis of revering would v...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
The Ruler’s Gaze: A Study of British Rule Over India From a Saidian Perspective |Author: Arvind Sharma, HarperCollins India, 2017, New Delhi| ISBN: 978-93-5264-102-4, 427 pp, Price - ₹552 Introduction The seminal work of Edward Said titled Orientalism, which was first published in 1978 established itself as a canonical text of Cultural Studies. It studied the nature of Western insidious attitude towards the East, an approa...

VIF Briefs 
Language of ‘Dharma’ in a World of ‘Right-Duty’ Discourses Human rights dry up without a language of human duties, which have consequences for the right protection demands itself. But again, the language of human duties withers without a language of Dharma. This article argues that it is a crisis that the mo...

Event Reports 
Vedānta and Nationalism On 23 November 2022, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a virtual talk on ‘Vedānta and Nationalism’ by Śrī. Śrīnāth Mohandās, Assistant Professor at the School of Ethics Governance Culture (EGCS) and Social Systems, Chi...

Release and Discussion on Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0 On 30 September 2022, VIF organized the release and discussion on Snakes in the Ganga: Breaking India 2.0, a book authored by Shri. Rajiv Malhotra and Shri. Vijaya Viswanathan. Apart from the authors, the panel consisted of Lt. Gen. Ravi Sawhn...

Gītā for the Millennia, Eighth Lecture Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised the eighth session of ‘Gītā for the Millennia’, an online talk series based on Śrīmad Bhagavad Gītā by Swāmī Mitrananda of Chinmaya Mission on September 21, 2022. At the beginning of...

The Vedic doctrine of the creative Sacrifice of Purusha and the Christian doctrine of redemptive Sacrifice of Yeshua as the keystones of Hinduism and Christianity On August 30th, 2022 Vivekananda International Foundation organised a talk titled “The Vedic doctrine of the creative Sacrifice of Purusha and the Christian doctrine of redemptive Sacrifice of Yeshua as the keystones of Hinduism and Christianity...

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