Academic knowledge is not enough!
Also economic knowledge is also not enough!
The world needs more interactive civil society activism!

Peter F. Drucker

There is A Knowledge Commission deliberating about creating a knowledge society. But what is knowledge precisely. Knowledge is a word first coined by a management guru, Peter Drucker, 30 years ago. So also came the knowledge worker. And now the talk of competitive advantage for a more knowledge-based economy and society.

But there is a deeper meaning to knowledge. This is missed out in all our debates, both in the academic community and in the corporate rooms.  Unfortunately, the academic community is beaten by the more arcane debate about material knowledge. Academic autonomy demands to keep the knowledge debate high at the philosophical level.

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The world needs more interactive civil society activism!

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

There is a Knowledge Commission deliberating about creating a knowledge society. But what is knowledge precisely?  Knowledge is a word first coined by a management guru,Peter Drucker, 30 years ago. So also came the knowledge worker. And now the talk of competitive advantage for a more knowledge-based economy and society.  But there is a more deeper meaning to knowledge and a very long history of knowledge called, epistemology. This is missed out in all our debates, both in the academic community and in the corporate rooms. Unfortunately, the academic community is beaten by the more arcane debate about material knowledge. Academic autonomy demands to keep the knowledge debate high at the more philosophical level.

Knowledge  : Old and new meanings

Philosophy, what? Today? Where is it? What relevance we, of this generation, have for philosophy, if at all? Yes, such questions would spring upper most in all of our minds. After all we constitute the urban middle class,right? Even among the present generation,if anyone imagines that he or she had made the first millions or even the billions, might dismiss the use for philosophy and simply have no use or time for such obscure thoughts!

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Can philosophy shoulder the burdens of the world?

Yes, ideas shape the world!

Kofi Annan

How to understand the world?To understand the world,you have to have a philosophy! No philosophy,no world!Yes,as simple as that! But it took 2,000 or more years to reach that conclusion!

How to judge the present  situation of the world?  Optimistic? Or, pessimistic?  What hopes for a more tolerant world,more enlightened and less respressive regimes across the nations and conteinents?There are tensions in large parts of the world.The Iraq war,the Israeli war-like events,the daily reports of deaths reported from the wars and terrotist attacks cant make any sensitive person but get disturbed.These are the thoughts and occasions when you turn to some more fundamental quest.That is where philosophy comes in.

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How our secular beliefs are to be defined?

Leo Tolstoy

A survey of latest intellectual developments in various branches of sciences and knowledge. I have read many great philosophers and thinkers. Great writers like Tolstoy are also great thinkers. My way of reading and looking at life, looking at my life is that as we grow in years what we come to believe in our life?

The recent political events also point to the dangers of fundamentalism. Hindu high priets, Kanchi mutt and movements like RSS pose many problems, as I see. to the “progress of religion”.

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Neofeudalism in new religious empires building?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

As I turned on the TV the Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living Foundation’s Silver Jubilee celebrations at Jakkur Airport grounds came alive! What a fantastic show, I wondered!

So, I was caught up by the spectacle, it was all buzz and business from the word go!
An estimated crowd of 2.5 million people cheered, the newspapers reported the next day. I couldn’t believe the numbers! So, after the show was over it was reported variously, a mere 2 lakes and odd. But one can’t deny the very numbers, the diversity of the crowd, the sheer organizational skills of the organizers. It was first and last an American style scale up of the new grwoth of neofedualism in the religious matters. India seem to be a fertile ground. To showcase this new religion-mixed business model!

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