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A General Introduction to India by Bob Cranwell

This is an article written by Bob Cranwell, author of the website Amateur Emigrant.  He worked in adventure and tailormade travel as a Tour Leader and driver, an Operations Manager, Country Manager, Travel Agent and Tour Operator.  He has done a vast array of different jobs from emptying cesspits using a bucket nailed to an old oar, to creating documents which formed part of a submission to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Read more

Podcast: Performance of From The Ganga To The Tay – Epic Poem by Prof Bashabi Fraser

The epic poem, From the Ganga to the Tay is about the Ganges and the Tay, two great rivers which are a continent apart involved in conversation about a shared history they live. In this performance of Bashabi Fraser’s work set to music, you get the chance to listen to the themes which she has used to illuminate the connections between Scotland and India highlighting the bodies of water as natural symbols of continuity and of peace. Read more

Piyush Roy Brings Together A Panel On Indian Politics

On 12th May, 2014, India completed a six-week long voting process that mark a culmination of the ‘Biggest Elections in Human History’ involving 814 million voters casting their vote in 9,30,000 polling booths.

As the Exit Polls define the headlines in India, a day-long review of the 16TH Indian Lok Sabha Elections is being organised by the Centre for South Asian Studies through discussions, film screenings, and debates led by staff and students from University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.


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Great Educator: Rabindranath Tagore 1861 to 1941

That education is a living, not a mechanical process, is a truth as freely admitted as it is persistently ignored (lecture in Calcutta in 1936 quoted in Dutta and Robinson 1995, page 323)

In 1940 Oxford University awarded an honorary doctorate on Rabindranath Tagore for all of his achievements, including those as an educationalist.  He won the 1913 Nobel Laureate in Literature because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.  Amongst many things he was a poet, writer, composer, painter, philosopher and educator.

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