Research, Essays, Commentaries – Inspired by the Social-Cultural-Political Thought of Sri Aurobindo (PLUS a bit of photography too!)
That’s what I am calling this new series on the blog, starting today. It will be a series of posts primarily written with younger audience in mind.
I had first mentioned my intent to do something like this in a guest post written for Blog-A-Rhythm on April 29, 2015. There I wrote:
…I want to offer the possibility of blogging with a specific audience in mind. I am speaking of the youth, the future of our societies, nations and the world. Most of the younger population today, particularly from the reasonably educated and socially-aware sections of our society, is highly tech-savvy and globally connected via technology. Given the younger generation’s proclivity to get most of their information from the online world, why can’t we bloggers target some of our writings particularly to educate and inspire these young minds and hearts?
My initial thought was to do this series on my other blog. Given the specific focus of that blog, as it is many of my posts there already have a bit of an educative or learning focus, particularly the sections titled “Current Events” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram.” Also, many of the posts tagged under “Indian Culture” also serve some of that purpose, though not particularly written with the younger generation in mind.
But after some more thought I decided to begin this series on this blog, which overtly emphasises a research focus, particularly based on selected works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. As a student of Sri Aurobindo, personally it makes more sense for me to delve deep into some of their writings and pick out selected passages which I feel can help open minds develop a better appreciation of the specific theme chosen for this series.
As part of this new series, Chintan I wish to write at least one post every month, directed primarily at the Indian youth. This will include some positive, inspirational material with a specific theme of “India and Me”.
An unfortunate and sad truth of modern India is that thanks to our modern mainstream education most of our urban and well-schooled Indian youth are hardly aware of anything deeper about their motherland or about their own Indian-ness. This series will serve as a small corrective measure in this regard by presenting some selected material for reflection.
I will write for a target audience of readers between 15-30 years of age (yes, 30 is still youth!). Additionally, some of the parents who are more in touch with the blogging scene might also find some of these posts relevant and would then share some of the ideas with their children. My main focus is on creating some meaningful content that can hopefully give our youngsters an opportunity to be in touch with a somewhat deeper view of India.
Why the name Chintan? It is a Hindi word (चिन्तन) which means a deep thought or a process of deep thinking, meditating on something specific. For India’s glorious future, for the future of any nation and the world, it is important that our youth begin to think deeply, rationally and holistically. This series will, hopefully, provide some opportunities for the young minds to engage in some serious thinking.
Individual and societal evolution is a slow business, very slow. If some of the material presented in this series could help to make even a handful of youngsters (starting with those in my own extended family) think a bit more deeply about their connection with India and their Indian-ness, I would be thrilled.
I launch this series today in the loving memory of my first teacher, my mother who would have been 75 years old yesterday. She was a primary school teacher for almost four decades, taught tens of thousands of children. She taught my siblings and me the value of learning, but through her life and choices she emphasised more the value of un-learning and re-learning. There could have been no better occasion than her birthday to launch this series Chintan, which I hope would also help my young readers to learn, un-learn and possibly re-learn a few things.
I offer this work to That One Guide who leads us all through everything, generally hiding behind the many veils of our ignorance, but without fail helping us to walk toward greater and greater light.
Chintan begins…come, join me!
Linking this with ABCWednesday, Y: Y is for Youth