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Review of book ‘universal brotherhood through yoga”

Publisher: Somaiya Publications Pvt. Ltd.; Mumbai – New Delhi (2019) 

Editors: Dilip Karambelkar, Kala Acharya and Mariano Iturbe 

Pages: 742 

This monumental volume was released at Vigyan Bhavan on Jnuary 21st, 2019 by the Vice-President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Sri Mohan Bhagwat, RSS Sarsanghchalak in the presence of a numerous and distinguished public. The aim of the Somaiya Vidya Vihar editors was to produce a compendium of literature on yoga in all its aspects, historical, cultural, spiritual, physiological and social which all contribute to India’s intangible heritage and expanding soft power in the world. Samir Somaiya, the president of the Vidya Vihar alludes in his preface to the renaissance of yoga triggered by the proclamation of international yoga day by the UN General Assembly on June 21, 2015. 

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RIAC and the International Institute for Social and Economic Studies (Austria) Sign Cooperation Agreement

25.02/2019

On February 18, 2019, in Vienna, Russian International Affairs Council and the International Institute for Social and Economic Studies (IISES) signed an Agreement on Cooperation.

The parties agreed on information exchange and on the implementation of joint projects in the area of European security and development. The Agreement was signed by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and Walter Schwimmer, IISES President, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1999–2004). 

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Forget Socialism Versus Capitalism. Here’s the Real Debate We Should Be Having

23.02/2019

A specter is haunting business—the specter of millennial socialism. 

No I’m not channeling Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and the opening line of their Communist Manifesto, which appeared 170 years ago. I am channeling a cover story in The Economist, which appeared last week!

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Our global system has spun out of control. Here's how to rebalance it

18.02/2019

The global system we are part of seems to be spinning out of control. Headlines around the world tell us something is amiss in many societies. I believe many of the developments we see today in individual countries and societies are part of an interconnected network of cause and effect. The entire global system is under stress. We must ensure it rebalances. 

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Heartland Reunion: Geopolitical Chimera or Historical Chance?

10.02/2019

Anyone who has at least some idea about the theory of international relations should remember the oft-quoted formula put forward by the father of British geopolitics, Halford Mackinder: “Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; who rules the World-Island commands the world.” For those who are sceptical about geopolitical constructs and terminology, this logical chain may seem like a meaningless shamanic incantation. Over the course of a century, “Mackinder’s formula” was repeatedly criticized, corrected, repudiated, anathematized, parodied and ridiculed. And yet, strange as it may seem, not only has this formula survived an entire century, but it is also perhaps more relevant today than it was a hundred years ago.

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A Paris-Berlin axis: New Franco-German treaty a snub to other EU members

10.02/2019

The two countries are actually forming an alliance of their own by setting up a Franco-German Defence and Security Council, independent of the EU and NATO.

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Battle cry, not a budget

04.02/2019

The interim budget for 2019-20 is Narendra Modi’s bold gambit to win the perception war ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. If ever there was a pure Politically Correct budget, this is it. Designed as pro-poor, anti-corrupt and growth-oriented, it has something for every influential section of the society, and that too without any additional tax burden. There are only gainers, no losers. Adversaries may call it “aakhari jumla”, an “account for vote rather than a vote on account”, “bribe to the voters” or anything else, but they will find it tough to oppose any of the schemes or roll back any of the relief. 

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How American Economics Failed

How Macho, Patriarchal Ideas Created a Feedback Loop That Wrecked Prosperity — Instead of Enlarged It

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Accepting locality as a global trend: implications for Europe

Globalization, at least in its cultural dimension, brought the issue of self-identification to the forefront of public discourse in many regions and countries. It affected blocks, governments, institutions, individuals, even transnational corporations. As we all remember glocalization was to follow the process of globalization, but as some experts predicted it didn’t. Or only did partially. (For those interested in this kind of warning, I would recommend a book edited by Peter L. Burger and Samuel P. Huntington: “The Many Globalizations: Cultural Diversity in the Contemporary World” in 2002). 

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The Future of Europe

26.01/2019

Many people are concerned about the state of Europe that is at a crossroads. The Europeans have to decide whether they want a strong Europe playing an important role in a fast changing world or to fall back to the outdated nationalism of the 19th century and being marginalized on our globe.

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The End of Economics?

23.01/2019

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are. 

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Economics Can Explain the Real World with Two Fixes

20.01/2019

Rational choice theory lies in the heart of neoclassical economics. It assumes that humans are utility maximizers, always going for the option with the highest net benefit. Since the 1970s, however, behavioral economists have poked so many holes in the theory that pronouncing its death now feels like flogging a dead horse. Can we save rational choice theory and revitalize neoclassical economics? If so, how? Here is a 2-point proposal as an attempt to infuse evolutionary ideas into our economic thinking.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the theory that deficit spending is good for the economy should 'absolutely' be part of the conversation

16.01/2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received one question more than any other during her short time in the political spotlight: How will she pay for her ambitious policy proposals?

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World Order without Hegemony

29.12/2018

Most Western theories presume that a titantic clash will occur during a power transition. But what if rising powers cannot assume the burden of underwriting the world order? We must contemplate alternate futures where a changing balance of power does not necessarily yield a new hegemony or a breakdown in the basic tenets of international order. 

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Asia's Geopolitical Challenges: Outlook 2019

27.12/2018

Insights from Tiberio Graziani. 

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into the U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Tiberio Graziani – Chairman of the Vision & Global Trends International Institute for Global Analyses in Italy – is the 169th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.”

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The Brexitconundrum

26.12/2018

Published with the kind permission of the author

Instead of being deterred by a ‘no deal’ scenario, the UK shouldadopt a tit-for-tat strategy with the EU.

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The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

25.12/2018

Why some people fear AI, explained. 

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When Gandhi’s statue is removed in Ghana

24.12/2018

It is a reminder of his subsequent evolution, and India’s changed place in the world today.

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Information technology in the global age

17.12/2018

Published with the kind permission of I.P.O. Information Service

Tokyo, Japan

President of International Progress Organization addresses 12th International Forum on Lifelong Integrated Education.

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Piketty’s plan for Europe would mean more power to the politicians

11.12/2018

The diagnosis is a familiar one: Europe is divided, besieged by populists, undercut by feckless tax-dodging corporations and crying out for reform, growth and prosperity. Such is the malaise, our cousins across the water have taken to burning Parisian cars in sheer frustration.

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