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This entry is dedicated to a wonderful person who is gifted with the rare talent of converting everything into gold. One of the more abused characters in the world of Indian epics is Rama, son of Dasharatha and husband of
Today is Makara Sankranti, celebrated across India to both herald the beginning of longer days, and reap the harvest of months of backbreaking work in the fields. But the greater significance of Makara Sankranti like most Hindu festivals, is to
I stopped reading this blog long ago but was directed to read a specific post by a reader. To be fair, the post is not the focus of this entry; rather, a puke-inducing poem written by some Salil Tripathi. If
In an article that examines some of the recent happenings around the Sethusamudram project, Outlook fleshes out interesting findings worth exploring in detail. The focus of the article is on Karunanidhi’s angry articulations on Lord Rama. (Aside: I think it’s
The JNU high priests must have cursed the moment they decided to invite Umberto Eco to speak. Says this report: Celebrated Italian author Umberto Eco left many academics and students at Jawaharlal Nehru University squirming with embarrassed ignorance on Monday.
Recall my series on Indology? Dr. N.S. Rajaram throws more light on the pathetic state of this discipline, which is all but extinct in the Western academia. WITHIN THE past year, the Sanskrit Department at Cambridge University and the Berlin
Introduction JK concludes his excellent post with some serious humour: So I am not sure if this research is of the Ganesha phallus quality. If you have seen any paper or book by anyone else, please leave a comment. [Ed:
Introduction Ananda Coomaraswamy was featured in this blog earlier. He remains one of the most staunch defenders of the Indian tradition in the mould of what David Frawley calls an Intellectual Kshatriya. Coomaraswamy wrote a series of articles about the
In a previous post, I had pondered aloud about the idea of India. In two words, each consisting of exactly two syllables, the idea of India is: Rta and Dharma. This idea has still prevented India from exploding into bits.
This was published today in the Pioneer. Comments/criticism welcome as always. Preserving national identity As long as the Indian collective consciousness preserved the primacy of Vedic national unity, India could be invaded but not broken. And it is to this
Read Field Notes 1 and 2. In the first part, I mentioned that monuments “represent vibrant showcases of the deep commitment, which a nation displays in preserving the memory of people and places these nations have much to be proud
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