Advertisement
Sunday, Dec 05, 2021
Outlook.com
Oslo Diary

Easy With Its History

Easy With Its History
Easy With Its History
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
In Oslo for a month, occupying a chair at the university named after a Norwegian philosopher named Arne Naess. In the 1960s Naess wrote two fine books on Mahatma Gandhi, but he is better known for having inspired the now flourishing academic field of environmental philosophy. His countrymen seem to have absorbed his ideas unselfconsciously, or perhaps he had absorbed theirs. There are no traffic jams and honking cars, and there are spacious pavements (so unlike my native Bangalore in both respects). Here I can take a tram to work, and walk back. My colleagues prefer to bicycle. Alone among the countries of Western Europe, Norway never had a colony. This odd, and lovely, history gives Norwegians a special character. They are a gentle, relaxed people, who do not need to talk down to you, or indeed, to flatter you to make up for the sins of their forefathers.
Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement

Photo Gallery

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Kashmir: Tosa Maidan Blast Victims Still Await Compensation

Kashmir: Tosa Maidan Blast Victims Still Await Compensation

While the Army and Airforce vacated the Tosa Maidan meadow as a firing range back in 2014, the victims of the deadly explosions are yet to receive their compensation.

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

Church In India Cosying Up To BJP To Protect Its Interests

What has led to this change of heart over the past few years for the Church, long seen to be anathemic to the Sangh Parivar?

2nd Test: Ravi Ashwin's 3/27 Puts India On Top At Day 3 Stumps

2nd Test: Ravi Ashwin's 3/27 Puts India On Top At Day 3 Stumps

At the end of Day 3, New Zealand are struggling at 140/5 with 400 more runs to win the second Test in Mumbai. Daryl Mitchell scored a fighting 60. Catch the IND vs NZ highlights here.

World Soil Day 2021: Why Is Soil Conservation Important?

World Soil Day 2021: Why Is Soil Conservation Important?

World Soil Day was first celebrated on December 5th 2014, 7 years ago. This year's theme is, 'Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity'.

Advertisement