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Ramesh Rao
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Ramesh Rao, Professor and Chair, DN3 Program, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, is the author of two books on Indian politics and society and has written numerous op-eds for newspapers and magazines in India, the U.S., and the U.K. Ramesh served as Human Rights Coordinator and Executive Council member at the Hindu American Foundation between 2004-2013. He spent the first twenty-eight years of his life in India where he worked as a bank officer, a school teacher, and a copy editor. He received his MS in Mass Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his PhD in Communication from Michigan State University. He taught at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and Longwood University in Farmville, VA, before he joined Columbus State University. He lives with wife Sujaya, and son Sudhanva in Columbus, GA.

Works by Ramesh Rao
Saint, Mystic, Nihilist, or Charlatan?
Ramesh Rao | January 26, 2014
I realized that cults were cults, however smart the followers, and however sophisticated......
Sadhguru: Version 2
Ramesh Rao | March 07, 2012
Sadhguru may be "a strange man," but is he for real?...
A Sense of Place
Ramesh Rao | January 03, 2012
Radhanath Swami's journey invites us all into the search....
The Land of the Luminous Smile
Ramesh Rao | October 17, 2011
This is but the story and the struggles of all of us, given our own karmas, samskaras,......
We need to be more diligent and creative in our explorations of the many ways in which......
Effulgent Light of the Radiant Sun
Ramesh Rao | April 17, 2012
The one, true goal of Mantra Yoga is the unfolding of our spiritual and real self....
Gurus Wear Different Garb
Ramesh Rao | February 14, 2012
Different class, caste, ethnic, linguistic, regional, cultural, and educational......
If Modi gets to be Prime Minister for two terms (ten years), India may yet turn the......
Of "Tears of Bliss"
Ramesh Rao | December 06, 2011
A modern Lord Shiva loves the Goddess Parvati and together they develop the Santosh Puri......
Existing rhetoric about religious freedom in India may indicate a colonial, imperialist......
Tyagaraja: The Poet Saint
Ramesh Rao | February 17, 2014
Tyagaraja's music is indeed divine, and he not only wrote lovingly about his chosen......
The Bhagavad Gita's True Intent
Ramesh Rao | January 16, 2012
Read the Bhagavad Gita carefully, thoughtfully, fully and come to understand the......
Sadhus: India's Wandering Monks
Ramesh Rao | September 25, 2011
There is absolutely no place on earth that can match India as a destination for those......
Now It Is the Turn of the Hindus
Ramesh Rao | November 17, 2011
Political campaigns can play on the ignorance of the voters....
Those who assert that their religious faith is the only one that paves the way to God......