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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
Note: This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s piece that appeared in Kannada Prabha on November 19, 2012. But who was he really? Do we go by the opinions of analysts who put him on par with political cartoonists like R.K. Laxman? Or, barring Times Now, do we go by the opinion of the rest of the English news channels who unanimously declare him to be a socially divisive force? Or in light of the several unnecessary statements he made about Belgaum, do we regard him—like many pro-Kannada voices say—asRead More
An obituary is the mightiest writer’s block. And so this shan’t be an obituary. One writes obituaries to dead people. Varsha Bhosle will live forever. Her bodily death is, in the highest tradition of Sanatana Dharma, but a temporary station in an eternal journey. Speculations about the how and the wherefores of her suicide is the worst insult to one who did so much, so fiercely, and in such a short span, to defend, uphold, and propagate ancient Indian values. Five years ago, I enquired if anybody remembered her. ThatRead More
NOTE: This is my translation of Pratap Simha’s piece titled Hindugale Haedigalaagiruvaaga Anyarannu Doori Phalavenu that appeared in Kannada Prabha on August 25, 2012. As always, comments and criticism are welcome. It has been called brain drain or flight of talent. Much noise has been made against it. It has been held responsible for this nation’s continued backwardness. But then, no matter what, in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s decades, people who had dreams of  building a bright future for themselves, people who embarked on a quest to find careerRead More
Introduction I’d have been surprised if this hadn’t happened at Osmania university. It was past midnight on Sunday when the organisers of the festival located one of the students who strongly opposed inclusion of beef in the menu and stabbed him. They also torched a media van deployed at the university for covering the beef festival. Early on Monday, the protesting students set on fire a state road transport bus passing through the campus. And I won’t be surprised if it happens again and again in future—either at Osmania orRead More
First, credit where it is due: sincere thanks to my all-knowing Twitter friends Gopi and Ranganaathan for bringing this to my attention. Preface A certain Father Dominic Emmanuel seems to have taken it upon himself to educate the Honourable Justices of the Bhopal high court about whether the Bhagavad Gita is a philosophical book or a religious book.  What is it with the preachers of Prophetic religions who seem to possess an itch-powder, the main effect of which is to interfere with the followers and teachings of other religions? WhatRead More

Posted On June 17, 2010By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

Introducing Prekshaa

An average, devout Hindu knows next to nothing about Hinduism while his Muslim or Christian counterparts know enough to defend their respective faiths. And so the average devout Hindu does one of these two: Feels ashamed and/or scared to admit in public that he is a Hindu Gets extremely defensive instead of using knowledge and cold reasoning to defend an attack on Hinduism You can cite historical attacks, mental and colonial slavery and a thousand other things to explain this. While all of them are true, after numerous repititions, theyRead More
Yogi in Padmasana

Posted On June 3, 2010By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

The Hindu Roots of Yoga

Preface One of the more unfortunate but widespread phenomena today with regard to Hinduism is that we now need to produce elaborate evidence for things accepted as evident truths just thirty or forty years ago. In other words, writing defenses instead of doing original, constructive work. Yet the devil must be given its due lest it unleash more mischief upon us. I admit I was surprised by some of the responses I received for my piece about what I called the Yoga Disease. A common refrain in my comment spaceRead More
Lord Shiva as a Yogi

Posted On May 4, 2010By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

The West’s Distortion of Yoga

Preface It began with this factual article by Dr. Aseem Shukla who exposed the “theft of Yoga” in America. Dr. Shukla details out what we already knew: that Yoga has been appropriated by self-proclaimed “Masters” and “Yogis” and that it is a flourishing, $6-billion enterprise. But Dr. Shukla’s more crucial point is that Yoga has been steadily delinked from Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma from which it originates. And it’s pretty much free for all today, as Dr. Shukla notes that there are “themed (sic) Yogas:” “Christ is my guru. YogaRead More
A brief pictorial representation showing the links between the weapons and how they’re connected. Legend: The ones in large font in Red show the biggest threats. Click here to view the full size of the image.Read More

Posted On December 8, 2009By SandeepIn Commentary

December 8, Vir Sanghvi for Dummies

Vir Sanghvi takes an (un)welcome break from his culinary columns and embarks on a noble mission of educating fellow Indians about the virtues of secularism in the tenor we are familiar with. The occasion is rather fitting: December 6, the 17th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. His heartwarming approach actually melted my heart. Really. For all your characterization of this blog as full of hate-spewing “right-wing” writing, I must confess that this singular piece by Vir Sanghvi converted me. December 6, Ayodhya for dummies, made me realize what aRead More