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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.
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
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.
An average, devout Hindu knows next to nothing about Hinduism while his Muslim or Christian counterparts know enough to defend their respective faiths. And so the average devout Hindu does one of these two: Feels ashamed and/or scared to admit
About two years ago, writing about how Meera Nanda proudly strutted her ignorance, I observed two things at the outset: Perhaps it takes only a Meera Nanda to have the guts to strut her ignorance with such confidence. It took
Read Field Notes 1 on Ellora for a backgrounder. The Ajanta Caves The well-known story of how John Smith, a British officer belonging to the Madras army regiment, (re)discovered Ajanta caves doesn’t bear repitition. However, it suffices to say that
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
It is Vijayadashami here in Karnataka, a hallowed tradition that celebrates both the victory and renewal of the spirit of Sanatana Dharma in South India. A tradition handed down to us from the time Harihara established the Vijaynagar empire after
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
Preface In an interesting article on Narendra Modi, TCA Srinivasa-Raghavan (link courtesy Nitin) concludes that contextual morality is the one magic explanation for all ills that have plagued India for more than 100 years. He says …Narendra Modi is our
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
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