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Chattopadhyay, G.P. (2000). Managing illusion. Free Associations, 8(1):120-157.

(2000). Free Associations, 8(1):120-157

Managing illusion1

Gouranga P. Chattopadhyay

Nantang na madhyang na punastabading Pashyami vishweswara vishwarupa.” (Bhagavat Geeta: XI.)

[“There is neither an end nor a middle nor a beginning; I see the cosmic reality”.]

“But if the universe is really self contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be.” (Stephen Hawking, Lucacian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University, Cit. Pathik Guha in “Is God Necessary?” The Weekend Telegraph, September 5, 1993. Calcutta, 2-3.)


There is No Dearth of prescriptions or advice for establishing a value system in India, as elsewhere in the world for that matter, that will ensure the development of personal integrity in people and corruption free societies. These prescriptions and advice seem to be intellectually accepted and even lauded by perhaps the majority of people. Few question the idea that these prescriptions and advice contain the key to really inculcate useful values for promoting harmonious development of the individual and the society.

However, a simultaneous reality today is that people seem to ignore their intellectual understanding behaviourally and fail to put in to practice these lauded prescriptions and advice.

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