Vivekananda literature continues to grow and thrive even as one gets the sense that the man himself is being read less and less. Swami Vivekananda has become one of the enduring icons in the national imagination and, like Gandhi and Ambedkar, is in acute danger of being confined to bookshelves, public functions and rituals of empty adulation. With Vivekananda, the danger is greater, not only because the historical distance is vaster but also because, unlike other figures in our national pan