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This post is partly my response to an offline discussion I had with a blogger I admire, whose original post trigged this response. Jagadish writes: This makes it even tougher to explain how dark-skinned chaps became heroes in the epics
Pankaj Mishra returns to this blog after a longish absence. His column reviews two books (THE SUBTLE BODY: The Story of Yoga in America, Stefanie Syman and THE GREAT OOM The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America, Robert Love) and
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.
What do we do today when we want to counter and/or curb corruption? We pass laws and hope that somebody “clean” will enforce them. But we know how that goes. And for all our pompous breast-beating about the hoary Indian
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
Here’s my next installment of the Neeti Shataka. The verses are in no specific order but they are kind of thematic: Bhartruhari talks about fools in these. The poet stretches the limits of exaggeration in two verses here if only
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.
An article (link courtesy the Acorn) by Nandini Sundar that tries to examine the Maoist menace by drawing guidance from the Mahabharata, gets the Mahabharata portion almost wholly wrong.
Preface What’s common to Stratford-upon-Avon, Westminster Abbey, Mount Rushmore, Drumcliffe, Walden Pond State Reservation, Alcatraz Island, Jack London State Historic Park, Hauteville House, and Zentralfriedhof among others? Equally, what’s common to Hampi, Badami, Bhoja Shala, Ambernath, Grishneshwar, and Ellora? The
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
This post is partly a response to several comments I received on my posts related to the Ram Sethu project. The greater part, however, is my education, an attempt to trace the Rama (and Ramayana) consciousness in Tamil Nadu.
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,