Nehru Centre talk: Swami Vivekananda and the Transformation of Indian Philanthropy
8 South Audley Street
London, W1K 1HF
A talk by Prabhu Guptara
Arising from research towards a history of Indian philanthropy, the lecture examines the influence of Swami Vivekananda. Briefly, the argument is that Indian philanthropy was transformed from its focus on temples and priests (with occasional charity to the poor), to take in "modern" concerns such as schools, hospitals, orphanages and other areas of public interest; and that Swami Vivekananda's impact prepared the way for the expansion of the ambit of Indian philanthropy to national and international concerns.