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Preface Perhaps it takes only a Meera Nanda to have the guts to strut her ignorance with such confidence. It took me a few days to digest what she actually wants to say. At the least, it is intellectually dishonest
This was published today in the Pioneer. Even the merest mention of cow, Sanskrit, and temple will cause massive seizures in secular quarters. Comments and criticism welcome as always.
Larissa, one of the more prolific commenters on my blog says this: One thing I disagree with Sandeep is that just because a scholar is “sympathetic” towards Hindus, does not mean that they are high calibre people. I am willing
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
Here’s another dose of assaulting news after Jayalalithaa destroyed the Kanchi Mutt in one stroke. The director, Leela Samson, took charge about one and a half years ago at Kalakshetra Foundation, which has a tradition of more than 50 years.
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
Gautam Sen’s scathing piece in the Pioneer, reproduced in full because Pioneer’s links don’t work the next day. Dire and unnerving as the piece is, it is another wake up call, one among the thousands that we continue to ignore
Thanks to reader Kaanganeya for pointing me to this excellent interview where S.N. Balagangadhara (Baalu) shares his thoughts on certain fundamentals, which he says need heavy redefining. I’ll add my random bits here. The current theoretical framework is firmly embedded
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
Gross generalizations about a country, a people, and a culture are humourous when done in the lighter vein. In most other cases, they are appalling. If you wonder why Westerners/foreigners are so ill-educated about India, articles like this is the
Stumbled upon this gem of a verse from Bhartruhari’s Nitishataka yesterday. Very compelling and relevant for all times. Rough translation is mine. Boddharo matsaragrastaah prabhavaah smayadooshitaah| Abodhaapahataschaanye jeernamange subhashitam|| Consumed with jealousy are the teachers and scholars, repositories of knowledge
In my introductory post on this topic, I mentioned that Buddha’s teachings are no different from that of Vedanta, that Buddha presented the distilled essence of Vedanta, that Buddha’s primary inspiration was the Vedas, and that the difference lay not