Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jijnasa - Charcha - 16 Feb 2013


under the series Charcha, organizes a debate on

"Indian Wars: A War Veteran's Experience"


K N Bhaskaran

Date: 16 Feb 2013
Time: 5 PM
Venue: 3rd Floor, Conference Hall,Legislator's House, Bangalore

Speaker Profile:

K N Bhaskaran served in the army from 1959 till 1980 as a member of Signal Regiment of Indian Army. He participated in the 1961 Goa Liberation war. He fought against Chinese in the 1962 war. He was taken by Chinese army as a PoW to Tibet. He fought against Pakistan in 1965 war and marched near Lahore as a member of First Armoured Division of Signal Regiment. In 1971, he fought against (West) Pakistan during the liberation of Bangladesh.

Note: This is part of Jijnasa's Charcha series and will be conducted in a debate format. The event will not be telecast live on Jijnasa's Ustream Channel.

About Jijnasa: 

The literal meaning of the word Jijnasa in Sanskrit is Inquiry. Jijnasa is a platform under the aegis of CESS, which is an effort to promote the quest for knowledge.
It is hard to obtain the company of the noble.

It is easy to obtain the company of the ignoble.

Pebbles are available in plenty; but it is hard to obtain the precious diamond.

India is not just a nation state but a civilization state. A civilization that prides itself for the spirit of inquiry, and is not based on a contrived belief system or historicity. A civilization that is firmly rooted in Dharma. A civilization that has much to offer and inspire the world.

However, our ignorance about ourselves is profound. It is therefore Jijnasa’s desire to invoke the spirit of inquiry, which can set people on the journey of self discovery. Its aim is to provoke and equip people to see things beyond the limited mainstream discourse on issues of national importance and seek solutions to contemporary issues facing the country.

It is important to understand ourselves before we can understand the issues around us. Enlightened individuals make for an assertive society, which has the womb to carry traditions along with modernity. Jijnasa’s attempt is to make fellow travelers discover the heterogeneity of the Indian traditions yet the cohesiveness that has stood us in good stead for several thousand years. At the core of Jijnasa, is the desire to build an innate ability to see the world from an exalted position, which is so essential for a country aspiring to play center stage in world affairs.

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