This time Varanasi is ready to take on the world, are you?

Today, the world is no longer a place separated. Today, distance is just a number for people connecting across the globe and also the diverse cultures of the world are happily crossing paths to give rise to cross-cultures. Why, you ask?

All because of one phenomenon – Globalization.

When you first hear of globalization, what is the first thing that crosses your mind? The Internet, probably? Yes, the internet is one of the biggest contributors to this omnipotent process that has taken over the world and brought its denizens closer than ever. But globalization is so much more than just that. In his book Bound Together, Nayan Chanda, states:

“Globalisation is a process of ever-growing interconnectedness and interdependence that began thousands of years ago and continues to this day with increasing speed and ease.”

Again, Thomas Larsson, a Swedish journalist, writes in his book The Race to the Top: The Real Story of Globalizationthat globalization:

“…is the process of world shrinkage, of distances getting shorter, things moving closer. It pertains to the increasing ease with which somebody on one side of the world can interact, to mutual benefit, with somebody on the other side of the world.”

Globalization, is in fact, the bridging of the gap between people and cultures around the world. It is a continuous evolution of a global thought process, or rather a global consciousness. Countries, its denizens, their varied cultures, their diverse lifestyles – somehow everything is engaged in the process of intermingling and now none of these varying attributes really seem to be restricted by geography.

Let’s take India for instance. Our country too has not been exempted from the hands of globalization. As we’ve imbibed and welcomed Western influences into our cultures and lifestyles, so we’ve also been one of the biggest contributors to the process – we’ve given the world the healing power of Ayurveda and Yoga; we’ve given the world the numerical ‘Zero,’ something without which mathematics wouldn’t have been the same; we’ve given the world Bollywood, an industry that has become so huge that it is no longer just a form of entertainment, but an emotion, and the list goes on.

Aptly emphasizing the importance of India in the global scene, Will Durant, a renowned American philosopher, stated:

“India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of European languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother (through the Arabs) of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.”

India has long been an important part of this phenomenon, and now it’s time for Varanasi to snatch the global limelight. That’s why we are bringing to you TEDxAssiRd, 2017!

This is our second year and this time we hope to unravel the beauty and grace of the oldest city of India. The driving passion behind the event that will be held on October 8, 2017, is ‘Revolution’ and it will all start from Varanasi! Not only will our TEDxAssi event be a wonderful platform for the exchange of ideas and stories, it will be a gathering of young minds who are thirsty for knowledge, young minds who are the future revolutionaries of the country.

Not only will you get to experience the colours and myriad silhouettes of the city of Burning Ghats, but you will get exposure to such ideas and hear about such experiences that you’ve never ever heard of before. This time the city of the Burning Ghats will unravel its soul before you. Are you ready to be a part of it?

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