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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Is the Panchatantra just bed time stories?

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If you are from India, you are more likely to know at least one story from the Panchatantra. We know that the Panchatantra has some great short stories, but to classify this 2300 year old collection as a story book for little children could be a bit hasty. A careful look at it beyond the narrative tells us a different story. A critical view at the Panchatantra brings to light a creative way of life coaching  using a practical and fun way, that too for all age groups.

But what about the original Satyameva Jayate?


India’s national motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ has now entered our lounge rooms…thanks to Amir Khan’s TV show. This TV show is a story of how a movie-star can create mass awareness on social issues – that too using a famous Vedic statement ‘Satyameva Jayate’ as the title of the show. However the original ‘Satyameva Jayate’ declaration was not coined as a social aphorism. It is much more than that. Exploring the real source and scope of this antiquated affirmation could be more meaningful and enlightening than its use for social sloganeering.

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