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Preface Whatever I’ve read on Shunyavada was several years ago and done in a semi-interested spirit. Add to it my phenomenal memory; all hazy, and muddled. Until recently when I felt compelled to turn the pages again, seriously this time.
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
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
Vyaalam Baalamrinaalatantubhirasau Roddhum Samujjrumbhate| Chhettum Vajramaneem Shireeshakusumapraantena Sannahyati|| Maadhuryam Madhubindunaa Racayitum Kshaaraambudhereehate| Netum Vaanchhati Yah Khalaanpathi Sataam Sookhtairsudhaasyandibhih|| A rutted elephant can be calmed by tying it with tender lotus fibers A hole can be drilled into a diamond with
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
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
This BBC report barely manages to conceal its glee over a recent farce ceremony where “hundreds of Hindu Dalits” converted to Buddhism or Christianity. Dissecting the BBC’s sleazy reportage is not the focus of this post.
So the Ramajanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict has been postponed and it’s time yet again for doing what we’ve been known to do best: push problems as much as you can until they explode as they must. Meanwhile, the attitudes in the secular
Preface The opening line of the Wikipedia entry on Indology reads thus: Indology is a name given by indologists to the academic study of the history, languages, and cultures of South Asia. Which only reinforces the India-as-South-East-Asia stereotype, a veil
The Acorn quotes Rajesh Kochhar, an astrophysicist who wrote a book back in 1999, on the Vedic people. This post is inspired from the excerpt at the Acorn’s blog, where Rajesh Kochhar derives several conclusions from a few Rg Vedic
Here is a great article on Hindu revivalism in Jaffna: a depressing and inspiring account of how Jaffna combated centuries of vicious onslaught against Hinduism. After about 300 years of intense persecution under the Portuguese and the Dutch, the Hindus
Read Part 1 Sanskrit and Deliberate Distortion I’ll repeat what it already superfluous: understanding Indian philosophy requires an advanced knowledge of Sanskrit because that was the language in which this most profound philosophy was laid down originally. I stress on