What a delightful surprise to see my long-ago university professor on the cover of the Independent together with HH the Dalai Lama. I was one of scores of students in the early ’80s whose mind was electrified by Raghavan Iyer’s lectures. I was motivated by him to read Emerson, Plato and the Romantic English poets. A gift that keeps on giving to this day! I seem to recall the 1984 event was something of a 25th anniversary of the meeting of the two philosophers in 1959, before either one was even 30 years old!


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