Uttarakhand Relief Work

I have been receiving reports of what our volunteers have been doing to bring relief to the tragedy-struck region of Uttarakhand. I wanted to share an overview of the tremendous work being done. 100 trucks of relief material from various parts of the country have been sent to Uttarakhand A team of about 300 volunteers has been working in different areas of the region. They have been working with the para-military forces and the Disaster Management Team assisting them in rescue operations. Apart...

Leadership: From mob to movement

Leadership is a manifestation of strong love and compassion for people. It represents a commitment to principles. In that sense, a certain degree of leadership is dormant in every individual. The challenge comes when one has to nurture it. A true leader—whether political, religious or social—has many challenges to face. The capacity to express one’s commitment varies from individual to individual. It is often clogged by one’s likes and dislikes. Yet, a leader has to view everyone with the...

A ban doesn’t always work

A lot is being said about the controversy over Kamal Haasan’s film Vishwaroopam and its ban in Tamil Nadu. Interestingly, there was another movie a few months ago, that labeled all Hindu customs and symbols as hoaxes and all spiritual leaders as frauds. There were many Hindu organizations who were ready to protest, but my advice to them was not to give undue publicity and promote the movie by protesting against it. And that’s what happened - it ran for a few weeks and people forgot about it....

The 13th Doctorate

  Man without education, Education without skills, Skills without character, Character without action, Action without direction, are signs of failed nation. -- while being conferred an honorary Doctorate from Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad on January 19, 2013

A New Beginning

It may appear that we are a part of this world, but actually, this world is a part of us. We carry our world within our mind and our mind cannot be at peace when the world around us is in turmoil. When mid-life crisis begins prematurely in teenage years; society is rattled with violence and drug abuse; humanism appears to be utopia; joy, love and compassion remain only in books and on celluloid; corruption and crime appear to be accepted as a way of life, then these are signals for us to rise to...