Dr Kavita A Sharma

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A Dialogue With Myself

For me to think of Indian women is to dialogue with myself. What are the influences that I grew up with in post independence India? What are their sources? What are the contemporary images and ideas that I absorbed, puzzled over, accepted or rejected?



Dual Citizenship in a Transnational World : Canada and India

The concept of citizenship has been changing since the later half of the twentieth century due to several factors. The most important is the large scale movement of people that has taken place whether as refugees, forced labour, voluntary migration, for economic or family relations



Indian Diaspora in North America : Issues of Education, Migration & Identity

In the last two centuries, people from India have moved to almost every country in the world forming the second largest diaspora from Asia, next only to China. Migration of people across the globe is an inseparable part of human history but massive movements from India took place in the 19th & 20th centuries.



DUAL CITIZENSHIP: THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE

Canada amended its Citizenship Act in 1976 to allow Canadian citizens to retain Their citizenship of any other country in case they had one or take the citizenship of any other country while remaining Canadian citizens.



Education and the Widening of Consciousness

The aim of Education is two fold: collective and individual. At the collective level, the aim is to make an individual into a good citizen; i.e. a person with harmonious relationship with othermembers of the community, a person useful to society and one who fulfils his obligations as a citizen.



Ethical Dilemmas in Mahabharata

Before we can talk of ethics, it is necessary to keep in mind that the word used in Mahabharata is dharma and while the two are interrelated, the latter is wider in scope and more complex.



Exploring the Icons : Sita and Radha

Sita and Radha are the two most popular icons of the Hindus. Sita is the ideal wife and Radha the symbol of unconditional love.



Indian Diaspora in North America

In the last two centuries, people from India have moved to almost every country in the world forming the second largest diaspora from Asia, next only to China. Migration of people across across the globe is an inseparable part of human history but massive movements from India took place in the 19th & 20th centuries



Koan and the No-Mind in Zen Buddhism

Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree for seven years struggling to find a release from trishna or clinging to life through yoga penance, ascesis and contemplation, but all his efforts seemed to be in vain. The mystery of life could not be penetrated.



KURU'S OUR CONTEMPORARIES

At the core of the Mahabharata is the fratricidal war to annihilation for the throne of Hastinapur. The question is whether it is merely an exciting and grand tale of heroism, war, valor and sacrifice on a vast canvas, or an idealistic allegory of the victory of good over evil or is it a complex tale from.....



Mahabharata Through the Eyes of Women

If we look at Mahabharata through the eyes of women, the central issue that stands out is one of their sexuality. Yudhishthira, the newly anointed king after the war, requests Bhishma lying on his bed of arrows, to tell him about the disposition of women who were supposed to be the root of all evil and were regarded as exceedingly frail



India -- Naipaul's Area of Darkness

India seems to be Naipaul's area of darkness. It is, as he himself points out, " a difficult country" for him. It isn't his home and cannot be his home. Yet he cannot travel in India only for the sights. "I am," as he says, "at once too close and too far."



Past and Present: Dynamics of change

India seems to be in a state of chaos. There are some luminous points of formations here and there, to use Sri Aurobindo's phrase but even these seem to have no real hold on the minds of people, that is there is no unshakeable consensus on them.



Psychotherapy and Buddhist Mandala

There is a breakdown in the certainties of life. As C.G. Jung diagnoses, modern man has no patience with traditional opinions and inherited truths and thus he has made his heritage irrelevant thereby putting himself in psychological and spiritual wilderness.



The Game of Dice

The pivotal movement in Mahabharata is the game of dice. Several questions arise: why should a game be a part of a ceremony as solemn as Rajsuya Yagya? Even if there has to be a game why should it be a game of dice rather than a game of skill and valor...



THE SECOND GENERATION INDIAN DIASPORA IN CANADA

Most immigration from India to Canada took place in the late 1960s after the points system was put in place in the 1967 Regulations and all discriminatory provisions based on race and nationality were removed.



Krishna Dwaipayana's Veda of Life

Mahabharata begins with a description of the writing of the epic. It is projected as the fifth Veda containing within it all that there is in the four Vedas.



Karma Yoga in Tilak, Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo

The Gita made a profound influence on the nationalist leadership. It influenced Lokmanya Tilak (1856-1920), Mahatama Gandhi (1869-1948), and Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), all as they struggled for india's independence.



Building a Team

To build a team is one of the most difficult thing to do and also one of the most essential. One has to contend with human beings who are complex often with their own egos, personal agendas, jealousies and rivalries and passions and angers.



Dealing with Crisis

What is a Crisis? Stress is a part of our daily lives as we go about our normal tasks but when it becomes so much that we feel that we cannot cope, it constitutes a crisis.



DILEMMA OF LIFE

ONE OFT REPEATED CRY is, "Why is this happening to me?" "What have I done to deserve this?" Things happen that we didn't bargain for, that we in no way brought on ourselves.



Emotional Security

When we talk of emotional security it might be wise to first understand what is emotional and what is security. Emotions are feelings-how we feel. Feel what? Love, confidence, deprivation, anger dislike and others.



EFFICACY OF PRAYER

"More things are wrought by prayer, than this world dreams of" 1 These lines were written by Tennyson at a time when faith was being shaken by the onslaught of science in the nineteenth century.



Dr Kavita A Sharma
Dr Kavita A Sharma