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For Sri Aurobindo, nation was not just a superficial construct but also had a subtle body embodying “the thoughts, the literature, the philosophy, the mental and emotional activities, the sum of hopes, pleasures, aspirations, fulfilments, the civilisation and culture”. His vision of nationalism went beyond the search for a merely political ideal and transformed it into a spiritual goal, a way to recover Indian thought, energy and greatness, not only for India but for the cause of the whole world.
Vaicārikī is an initiative for thoughts, dialogues and discussions as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Sri Aurobindo. The third chapter titled “The Spirit of Indian Nationalism” will reflect upon the idea of nationalism in light of Sri Aurobindo’s works. A panel discussion will expound on the various manifestations and contestations of nationalism as an idea and experience in India, and the need to preserve its Indian spirit.
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Inaugural Address (5:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
Speaker: Dr. Bharat Gupt – Professor, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA)
Keynote Address (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
Speaker: Dr. Anirban Ganguly – Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF)
Panel Discussion (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Shri Devdip Ganguli – Faculty, Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Shri Raghava Krishna – Associate Dean (Academics), Rashtram