All posts by Sandeep

Lemuria

Posted On May 26, 2016By SandeepIn Commentary

The Cradle of Dravidianist Tamil

The second part of the series titled "Among the Dravidianists" tracing the origins, growth and consequences of the Dravidian ideology. Read More
Rajdeep

Posted On May 24, 2016By SandeepIn Indian Politics

Everybody Loves to be Chief Minister

Commentary on Rajdeep Sardesai's recent claim that he's ready to be Goa's CM. Read More
Upanishad

Posted On May 23, 2016By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

The Story of DA

Buried beneath and interspersed among the numerous layers of terse and detailed philosophical expositions are the thousands of amazing stories in the Upanishads. It is indeed a tragedy of our modern education system—that treats the human as no better than a component of economic production—that these stories have completely vanished from our school syllabi, supplanted instead by mindless Christian moral education. It’s not farfetched to apply the verse celebrating the universal appeal of music Shishurvetti pashurvetti vetti vetti gAnarasaM phaNiH (The essence of music can be experienced by all creaturesRead More
peridyarfirstdayco01

Posted On May 21, 2016By SandeepIn Commentary

Among the Dravidianists

Introduction The Tamil country stands tallest among all Indian regions that swallowed the missionary and colonial propaganda of the Aryan Invasion Theory very early in the day. More specifically, sections of the Tamil country uncritically swallowed the “Dravidian” propaganda, internalized it, gave it an ideological shape premised basically on the linguistic separateness of Tamil. Among the other negative consequences, this propaganda over the years has resulted in a sordid, mass de-Hinduization of today’s Tamil Nadu and continues to push the missionary agenda–both overt and covert–of Christianizing Tamil Nadu with greaterRead More
hampi
An unfortunate outcome of the “modern” way of thinking–shaped by the all-are-equal assumption–is the fact that over the years, it has contributed to the reduction in the capacity of a society to produce heroes, role models etc. Today’s heroes derive from the entertainment, fashion, business and sports streams. Equally, the (primarily Marxist) widespread notion that all people–no matter what their genuine achievements are–are “subjects” to be “analysed,” has also hastened this reduction. Thus, when you have no one towering person/hero to look up to, your value system will emanate from mindlessRead More
Yagna
Backdrop On 4 May 2016, the Kannada daily Praja Vani carried a news report which claimed that Brahmins belonging to the Sanketi sect performed the Soma Yaga at the Mattur village near Shimoga, Karnataka. The village is known as the “Sanskrit village” in popular parlance.  The Praja Vani news report quickly spread across the state and whipped up a frenzy of hostility against the Brahmin community as a whole with opinion pieces and editorials flying fast and thick. Equally, the report also generated massive outrage from the Brahmin community.  However, upon closer investigation,Read More
cloning

Posted On April 20, 2016By SandeepIn Commentary

Ego and Death: The Story of a Scientist

The following should count as one of the most revealing answers appearing in Mahabharata’s Yaksha Prashna episode that occurs between Yudhishtira and Yaksha (a celestial being): Yaksha: What is the most surprising thing in this world? Yudhishtira: The most surprising thing in this world is that although a person sees animals and other people dying everyday, he thinks that he alone is immortal. This should count as one of the profoundest lessons in Human ego, a feature unique perhaps among all of creation. There is no greater feeling or expressionRead More
Purana

Posted On April 19, 2016By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

The Indian Conception of History

Do Indians have a sense of history? No is pretty much the received wisdom even today in major sections of the academia, media and the rest. If you as much as question the sources, the roots of this received wisdom, you are branded with the choicest of Leftist labels but that’s the least of our concerns. Before looking at a “sense of history” or “historical sense,” we need to look at how history is defined. Commonly accepted definitions include: A study of the human past. A field of research whichRead More
Kanhaiya

Posted On April 18, 2016By SandeepIn Tracking Leftism

JNU: A Toxic University

This is my translation of S.R. Ramaswamy’s original “Vishaakraanta Vidyalaya” published in Utthana. The events at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University continue to attract the nation’s attention. It didn’t take too long for the true intent of the organizers of the “cultural evening” to be revealed. Although permission for the event was denied, on the evening of February 9th, a procession was taken out, accompanied by the slogans of “Bharat tere dus tukde honge Inshah Allah,” “Jung rahegi Kashmir ki azadi tak,” “Pakistan Zindabad,” “Bharat murdabad,” “Afzal tere armaanon ko manzilRead More
Demonstration in Europe

Posted On April 7, 2016By SandeepIn Media Watch

Contours of a Demographic Siege

A defining characteristic of our Secular-Left-Liberal academics is their incredible felicity to theorise reality. This theory is then injected into public discourse by their handmaidens in the media. As a consequence, we now have an entire generation of academics who sit in the lawns and lounges of India International Centre and spout out the “real” reason for say, the Muzaffarnagar riots and reel off reams of “analyses.” Equally, we have an entire generation of journalists whose faculties rebel against even the notion of stepping out their TV studios. And inRead More
Bharat Mata
Sometime in March 2016, Ghulam Nabi Azad extracted a vile variant of the perversion that goes by the name of public discourse in India: secularism. Since his predecessors had already set the path, he merely took it to another extreme by equating the RSS with the ISIS. As has been the norm for about five decades, the RSS and other folks sympathetic to Hindu causes lashed out against his perfidy. Although things are changing for the better with powerful, alternative and new voices challenging and countering the Azads of theRead More
Sheldon Pollock Book
Introduction More than five years ago, Wendy Doniger bestowed a rather flippant interview in Outlook India on the eve of the release of her book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, the same book which Penguin (the publisher) later agreed to pulp when it was faced with legal action initiated by Dinanath Batra. The title sounds sufficiently pompous, entirely faithful to Wendy Doniger’s career as an Indologist. Aditi Banerjee responded with a comprehensive rejoinder that yet again reinforced Wendy’s suspect credentials as an honest scholar of Indology. Aditi’s almost line-by-line dissection of the interviewRead More