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Book: The Annihilation of Caste

“The Annihilation of Caste” was supposed to be delivered at a conference organized by a Hindu reformist group Jat-Pat Todak Mandal in Lahore, 1936. At last-minute the group took back the invitation saying speech was against Hinduism and its shastras. Ambedkar self published the speech as the book. At that point the content...

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Book: Nationalism by Tagore

I just finished reading Nationalism by Tagore. The book has three essays which talk about Nationalism in the West, Nationalism in Japan, Nationalism in India and ends with a poem called The Sunset of the Century. First two essays are based on lectures delivered in USA and Japan. The third essay on India...

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Book: Free Thought and Official Propaganda

Delivered as a speech as part of Conway Memorial Lectures at South Place Institute on 24 March 1922. This essay by Bertrand Russell a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic is very relevant even today. In this essay/speech Russel talks about the challenges for free-thought and free-speech in the context of raising...

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Obsessed with Einstein

For a long time I was scared to read Einstein. Most of my physics reading was Richard Feynman’s essays. I think its more to do with his life and character than the physics itself. If I remember properly I read A Brief History of Time when I was in college. That’s the closest...

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Book: An Atheist with Gandhi

It’s an interesting book to read. Written by Goparaju Ramachandra Rao nicknamed Gora about his experience of living at Sevagram and his conversations around atheism with Gandhi. It’s interesting because Gandhi is a super-believer and Gora is an atheist. Gora is an interesting personality. He along with his wife were the founders of...