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Reverberations of #PLF2019 ringing in my ears, this ideas-packed edition, curated by @KanchanGupta and @ARanganathan72, is easily the best #LitFest I've attended.
That it is located in the land of Sri Aurobindo, @integralyog, gives it the Force of #nationalism.

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#PLF2019 is not a Left-wing #LitFest. But it isn't Right-wing either.
When I heard the various sessions, I knew that more than all other platforms of debate and discourse, it is here that India is articulating its Indian intellectual traditions.
But what is Indian? Why strike out and create a new category at #PLF2019?
Because, the Indian mind...
1. Cannot be captured and constrained into a single Left-Right box.
2. Is all-embracing, all-respectful.
3. Goes beyond toleration and epitomises acceptance.
The Indian approach is futuristic because...
1. It breaks out of narrow ideological confines.
2. It stands on, and is powered by, spirituality -- not religion, but spirituality.
3. It is the alternative that civilisations are evolving towards and destined for.

Some insights for scholars-thinkers from #PLF2019:
1. New ideas from your field.
2. New windows from other fields.
3. New faces, young and old, speaking with energy and wisdom.
4. Cross-fertilisation of ideas, contexts, expressions.
5. Most important: post-sessions sessions.
From #Kashmir, #politics and #economics to the #Mahabharata, #science and #nationalism, every session at #PLF2019 was a Ganga of cultures and civilisations...washing the past, seeding the future.
As @thekiranbedi and @KeralaGovernor and several other thinkers mentioned, #PLF2019 is anchored in, and powered by, Sri Aurobindo's @integralyog's ideas on #nationalism and nationhood, culture and civilisation, and a sublime spirituality.
Gratitude to the organisers -- @ParthaHariharan @AloPal @ajitdatta @PondyLitFest at #PLF2019.

Looking forward to the videos -- and best wishes for #PLF2020!
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