'Globalization' was the theme of the Annual special issue of Vedanta Kesari for the year 1999. Globalization is not simply about opening up the economy. It is taking place at various levels—it is integrating economies; it is changing the face of families; it is universalizing notions of women’s equality, environment, education; and it is changing the role of governments. It is about restructuring of society and the way we live. It has its downside: it is uneven, fragmented and is still dominated by the West. At another level, it has contributed to the rise of fundamentalism, as people reacted, often violently and irrationally, to what they perceived as a threat to their traditions from globalization. Includes articles by Swami Ranganathananda, Swami Gautamananda, C.Subramanian, Dr.Karan Singh, Sri Dayamata, Sri K.Dhammananda, Valson Thampu, Vamadeva Shastri, Azgar Ali Engineer, Acharya Mahaprajna, P.Parameswaran, C.T.Kurien, Mel Gurtov and other eminent people.
Freedom is the only condition for growth. But freedom also brings responsibility. Again in the context of self-discipline what is true freedom - freedom of the senses or freedom from the senses? Finally ultimate freedom from all bondages say the Hindu Scriptures is the highest goal of life. These and many more aspects of the idea of freedom are the subject matter of Facets of Freedom. The book tries to explore various aspects of freedom in its widest sense. It contains 30 illuminating articles by eminent writers monks and others.