Historical and Civilisational Studies
Mongolia’s Buddhist Diplomacy and India’s Union of Religious and Foreign Policy

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), along with Indian, Japanese, and Mongolian partners, hosted its third Samvad (which, in Hindi, means “dialogue”) conference in Ulaanbaatar over last Friday and the weekend. As reported in BDG’s ne....

Third Samvad Conclave Unites Buddhist Leaders Across Asia in Ulaanbaatar

International delegates from Asia and Europe gathered in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar for the third Samvad conference from 6–8 September. Organized jointly by the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), Gandan Tegchenling, Ulaanbaatar’s ....

The Radhakrishnan Commission’s Recommendations for the Inclusion of Comparative Religion1

On the occasion of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday on 5 September, let us revisit an almost forgotten contribution of his. The man, whose birthday is celebrated as Teacher’s Day, had also served as the Chairperson of the University Education ....

Vimarsha: ‘Need for Hindu Buddhist Alliance in Sri Lanka and World Over’

In the run-up to the ‘SAMVAD-III: Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness’, which will be held from 6th to 8th September 2019 at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the VIF held its monthly Vimarsha on 22 August 2....

Talk on Buddhist Monasteries and Temples in Ancient Capitals of China

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a lecture by Dr. Shashibala, Dean at the Centre of Indology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. The topic of the lecture was ‘Buddhist Monasteries and Temples in Ancient Capitals of China. Dr.....

Leveraging India’s Civilisational Ethos

Less than a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second swearing-in, the ongoing celebrations for the fifth iteration of the International Yoga Day1 (IYD) offer an excellent opportunity to consider how the grand narrative that he u....

Talk on ‘Faith and Empire-Tombs to Temples in China’

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a lecture by Dr. Shashibala, Dean at the Centre of Indology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, the topic of the lecture being, ‘Faith and Empire-Tombs to Temples in China’. Dr. Arvind Gupta....

The Universalism of Yoga

When 21 June was first declared as International Day of Yoga (IDY), it was accepted warmly by most countries of the world. However, in India, a small section of the intelligentsia was opposed to the idea. Their understanding was that this was an atte....

Symposium Report - Shared Values and Democracy in Asia

The international symposium “Shared Values and Democracy in Asia” was being held as the fourth symposium of a pair of Japan-India conferences. The first symposium was held in India in 2015. In 2016, the second symposium was held in Tokyo. The thi....

Historical Perspective on Ancient and Medieval Sino-India Wars

Abstract
Before the 1962 border clash, Mao Zedong apparently told his commanders that China and India had previously fought ‘One and a half wars’ and in both instances India had been defeated convincingly. This historical misconce....

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