Chaturvedi Badrinath

Published: 04.05.2010


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Chaturvedi Badrinath was born in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh.

A philosopher, he was a member of the Indian Administrative Service, 1957-89, and served in Tamil Nadu for thirty-one years (1958-89). He was a Homi Bhabha Fellow from 1971 to 1973. As a Visiting Professor at Heidelberg University, 1971, he gave a series of four seminars on Dharma and its application to modern times. Invited by a Swiss foundation, Inter-Cultural Cooperation, he spent a year in Europe in 1985-86.

In 1985 he was a main speaker at the European Forum, Alpbach, Austria, and at a conference of scientists at Cortona, Italy. From 1989 onwards, for four years, the Times of India published his articles on Dharma and human freedom every fortnight. He was a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, during 1990-92.

He was one of the two main speakers at Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace conference, 1994, Seoul, South Korea. In 1999, at Weimar, he gave a talk on Goethe and the Indian Philosophy of Nature; and contributed to an inter-religious conference at Jerusalem with the Dalai Lama. He was one of the two main speakers at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation symposium on 'civilizational dialogue', Tokyo, 2002.

Chaturvedi Badrinath's published books are

  • Dharma, India and the World Order: Twenty-one Essays (1993)
  • Introduction to the Kama Sutra (1999)
  • Finding Jesus in Dharma: Christianity in India (2000)
  • The Mahabharata-An Inquiry into the Human Condition (2006)
  • Swami Vivekananda : The Living Vedanta (2006)
  • Women of the Mahabharata: TLE Question of Truth (2008)

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