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Nalanda where Xuan Zang studied Buddhism


The grand vision of resurrecting the ancient international glories of Nalanda University may take some time to fulfil as ambitions are being tailored to current financial limitations, admitted Noble Laureate,Amartya Sen, chairman of the Nalanda Mentor Group. Nalanda was violently destroyed in an Afghan attack , led by the ruthless conqueror, Bakhtiyar Khilji, in 1193, […]

My introduction to Sven Hedin and Trans Himalaya


Sven Hedin was a Swedish explorer and geographer whose investigations in Tibet and western China made him one of the most eminent explorers of Asia.My introduction to  Hedin was through his book Trans Himalaya which was in my father’s Library.  The most outstanding and attractive  part of the book was one large panoramic view in […]

Mao’s Impact


In the summer of 1967 when I was a lad of 11, I felt the impact of Mao Zedong. A section of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) led by Charu Majumdar and Kanu Sanyal led a violent uprising in 1967, trying to develop a “revolutionary opposition”. The insurrection started in 1967 in Naxalbari village […]