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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
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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
This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s Kannada Prabha column titled Tippuvannu dweshisabekendalla, satya tiliyali endu, published on 9 March 2013. Comments and criticism welcome as always. Image courtesy: Kannada Prabha “I’ll give you a fresh sample of a lie uttered by a writer. In light of the opposition to the proposal to establish a University in Srirangapatana named after Tipu, this writer has falsely claimed that Tipu was a hater of Hindus, and that he had forcibly converted 71,000 Hindus to Islam. When I heard this, I immediately suspectedRead More

Posted On December 10, 2012By SandeepIn Abrahamism, Commentary, Indian Politics

The Case Against Dishonesty

My feelings for the multi-headed and ever-reverse-evolving beast called the Indian National Interest alias Takshashila alias…whatever its next avatar…have similarly evolved over the past 5-6 years. In the reverse. Currently, I feel infinite pity. It could change depending on what shape they’ll take tomorrow. From proclaiming that they stand “strongly” for the Indian National Interest, they’ve plumbed the depths of whitewashing cruel historical records and falsifying historical truths, a project that invariably needs the aid of falsehood and ignorance or both. The latest exhibit purportedly makes a “case for IndianRead More
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Posted On October 16, 2012By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

On The Need to Revive the Temple Culture

How often have you heard this refrain or its variants: Naah! I don’t go to temples. I don’t like going to temples…I mean, there’s no point…all that noise, meaningless mantras and rituals…some are so unhygienic…I believe in God but I’m spiritual…after all, Hinduism is a personal religion and I don’t really need to go to a temple to pray….? How often have you yourself uttered this refrain? Answer honestly. Admittedly, there’s a grain of truth in each of these bits. Several temples today are dirty, unhygienic, noisy, and appear meaninglessRead More

Posted On October 4, 2012By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics

Mahatma Gandhi’s True Legacy

Exactly one refrain emanating from the 1970s generation encapsulates the significance of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday: a complaint that October 2nd is a Dry Day. That’s what Gandhi has been reduced to after 65 years: a symbol of Prohibition that middle class India must vocally protest against. Of course, not with malice because somewhere deep down, Gandhi still commands respect. I picked the 1970s generation because this generation has benefitted the most from liberalization and the reforms that followed during the NDA regime. Among other things, these benefits have included exposureRead More

Posted On September 10, 2012By SandeepIn Indian Politics

Disquisition or Publicity?

Note: These are excerpts from D.V. Gundappa’s Kannada book entitled Vrutta Patrike (Newspaper) first published in 1928 then reprinted a few times. The book is a collection of essays derived from D.V. Gundappa’s speeches and writings roughly beginning in 1928. My translation uses the enlarged edition published in 1968, which is the one available today. The excerpt published in this piece is from an essay titled Vicharave pracharave? (Disquisition or Publicity?) Any translation error is mine. Journalistic writings of the past were mostly intellectual in nature. An editor typically usedRead More
Back to the Beginning Our history of the Madurai Sultanate began with the disintegration of the Pandyan empire for a reason. The death of Maravarman Kulashekara Pandya I in 1308 marks the beginning of the end of any semblance of stability or sustained rule by one mighty empire in South India. To be sure, this lack of stability had begun at least two centuries prior to Kulashekara Pandya’s death. The original mighty empires of Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Cholas, Pandyas, and Pallavas were not just militarily powerful: their real significance was theRead More
The Rise and Fall of Nasiru-d-din After Ghiyath-ud-din Dhamaghani succumbed to an overdose of aphrodisiac, his nephew, Nasiru-d-din became the Sultan of Madura. Nasiru-d-din bought his way to the throne by splurging lavish quantities of gold on his nobles and the army. Nasiru-d-din was originally employed as a domestic servant in the Delhi Sultanate. He fled Delhi and settled in Madura after his uncle became the Sultan there.Read More
The Vacillating Fortunes of Vira Ballala III Vira Ballala III was the last great Hoysala monarch after his more-renowned ancestor, Bittideva or Vishnuvardhana who pre-dated him by more than a century. Vira Ballala III was also the Hoysala king who suffered perennial and severe loss of territory due to repeated raids from the Delhi Sultanate—first under Malik Kafur, and more devastatingly, under Muhammad Bin Tughluq. More accurately, the final 15-20 years of Vira Ballala’s rule was one continuous and sorry story of being on the defensive and losing territory. InRead More
The Rise of the Madurai Sultanate When Muhammad Bin Tughluq was the Sultan, the region south of the Vindhyas was divided thus: Dekkan with its capital at Devagiri, which had declared independence about four years prior to Tughluq’s death. This was roughly what’s known as the Maratha country. Telingana with its capital at Warangal, which was still a tributary of the Sultanate. This was known as the Andhra country. Hoysala country with its capital at Dwarasamudra, which was nominally a tributary of the Delhi Sultanate. It was still ruled byRead More
The Second Muslim Incursion In February-March 1325, Prince Juna (Jauna) alias Ulugh Khan occupied the throne of Delhi and became Sultan Muhammad Bin Tughluq after the murder or bizarre accident in which his father Ghiyas-ud-din Tughluq perished. Tomes have been written about the eccentricity, outlandishness, cruelty, and the genius of Muhammad Bin Tughluq including an ill-informed play by Girish “anti-communal” Karnad, which overtly glorifies an insane and cruel ruler. Barely a year or two after he became Sultan, rebellion broke out in South India, which called for stringent action.Read More