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 Summer 2013


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 Adventure & Sport
 Celebrating Everest

 Everest Turns 60
 The First Ascent

 The Summit Route

 Five Ultimate Everest

 The Sherpas

 Apa Sherpa-21 Times
 on Everest

 100 Years of Indian

 Early Pioneers

 Satyajit Ray

 Mani Kaul

 Dr A T Ariyaratne

 Lt Gen Jack Jacob

 Tara Bhattacharjee

 Ashok Vajpeyi 

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Ashok Vajpeyi

In the world’s largest democracy, the voices of reason have been few, relatively. The listeners are getting fewer. The virus of money, especially in politics, has disabled our inner sensitivities. The digital age has made it even harder to discern the voice of reason from the babble of ever-increasing random online voices and junk blogs.

One distinguished voice that stands out in our nation of over a billion is that of Ashok Vajpeyi - writer, poet, critic, and a former bureaucrat. One of the finest minds in India, fascinating and forthright, Ashok Vajpeyi - in his role as a social and cultural commentator - provides frank insight and a rare window of intelligent, reflective writing.

Equally proficient and articulate in both Hindi and English, Ashok Vajpeyi writes poetry in Hindi, prose in English, and translates from diverse languages. He has been a senior civil servant and was the first Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University. Winner of national awards for poetry - the esteemed Sahitya Akademi Award and Dayavati Modi Kavi Shekhar Samman in 1994 – he has authored dozens of books. The written word, art and music are his passions.  His intensity is what sets him apart.

SALT shares his thoughts and insights with its readers.

 What would be your ‘Indian Dream’?

 It becomes increasingly difficult to dream surrounded as you are with daily nightmares! However, being human and Indian does compel you to dream. Life, after all, is not just reality, it is also so many dreams.

My Indian dream has to be necessarily a dream of plurality: it has to be a dream consisting of many sub dreams. It is a dream of equality, plurality, justice and openness. A dream in which every Indian is able to realize one’s  potential, find place and respect for one’s creativity and a focus for one’s imagination and aspiration. But also a dream where market, consumerism and fundamentalism of any kind have no support or validity. An India which is argumentative, full of dialogues and contestations, where many visions flourish except the parochial, communal ones. An India of youthful energy, curiosity, enterprise and innovation, courage and challenges.


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