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The Blacks who Matter (Are Cops Racist – 4)

In this excerpt from Heather MacDonald’s book Are Cops Racist, the author highlights the examples of hard working Black Americans who are often forgotten in the narrative of race and riots. Mainstream narratives tend to portray blacks as victims of racial oppression, but here the author shows us a different side of the Black American community.

Chinese Invasion of Tibet – Prelude to the 1962 Debacle

The debacle of 1962 was definitely preventable, had India been ruled by anyone else other than Nehru and his small circle of sycophants who had little concern for national security. In this article, we will focus on the events which transpired between 1947 and 1951 while the events leading to 1962 will be covered in the subsequent articles of the series.

Our Homeschooling Journey

In this biography, Arun Elassery tells the story of his own family: how he and his wife came out of the conventional life that is supposed of college education parents these days, and how they started living a sustainable life. They also took out their kids from school and started homeschooling them. This beautiful article will answers many of your questions on homeschooling.

The Logic of Race Riots – (Are Cops Racist – 3)

This is the third excerpt from Heather Macdonad’s brilliant book- Are Cops Racist?. In this excerpt, the author debunks the often repeated claim made by riot apologists that riots are rooted in racial oppression. The author also highlights how public figures and activists are failing Black Americans.

Finding the Middle Path – Ways of the Mystics

In this beautiful reimagining of an episode of the life of Buddha, Ankit Sharma stresses the instruction of Buddha for the common man – about how to follow the Middle Path.

Trying to Live a Zero-Waste Life

In this beautiful personal story of living sustainably, this homeschooling family stopped using various industrial products because they did not want to produce any waste which they couldn’t get rid of by burning. In this quest they created a beautiful, if sometimes hard life for themselves. They created a life which was not only sustainable but may become the only viable life after the crisis of COVID19 is over.

Rioting for the Greater Good (Are Cops Racist – 2)

This is the second excerpt from Heather MacDonald’s book Are Cops Racist? In this part, the author further reveals the true character of rioters and their criminal histories, thereby shattering the myth that rioters and protestors are arbitrarily targeted by the police because of their race.

How Valuable is our Prime Minister? A Mathematician’s Perspective

In this interesting piece, a mathematician analyzes the worth of our politicians through Shapley value.

Are Cops Racist? – 1

In this excerpt from Heather MacDonald’s book Are Cops Racist, the author challenges the widely prevalent notion that civil protests and riots in America are rooted in racial discrimination. The author’s investigations into the Cincinnati case reveal how criminals were painted as victims of racial abuse by social activists.

The Importance of Ashadha Month

In this beautiful excerpt, Shri Anirvan expresses what the month of Asadh really means in Sanatana culture and Indian civilization. While in the West the season is also celebrated it is mainly celebrated for its physical pleasure. In India the season is not just romantic, it means much more. It intends to take one to the spiritual heights, taking benefit of the natural rhythm of the season.

The Liberal Iconoclasm

This article analyzes the consequences of letting the liberals drive the narrative. In the light of the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S. and in other Western countries, the article discusses how the political ideology of liberalism is more intolerant than its opponents. What is most dangerous is the fact that it seeks to erase history and rewrite it through its own ideological lens.

7 Must Read Books on History and Geopolitics

Janak Pandya, a voracious reader and a budding scholar recommends seven must read books on geopolitics, to understand India’s place in the world.

The Violence of the Romantic View of Life

In this concluding part of series on the effect of sentimental romanticism on human society, Theodore Dalrymple tells us that the romantic and sentimental view of the most important aspects of human existence are therefore intimately connected to the violence and brutality of daily life, which has almost certainly worsened in Britain over the last sixty years, notwithstanding the immense improvements in levels of physical comfort and well-being. This is an excerpt of the book ‘Spoilt Rotten – The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality’.

Visiting a Temple

In this beautiful piece full of personal experience, traditional wisdom and overflowing bhakti, the author here tells us how to visit a temple? What bhava shall one take to a temple, while having darshan of the deity? He discusses how people often misapply great principles and thus fail to get the most out of a temple visit. Read this riveting and deeply imploring piece to know, how to visit a temple.

Indian National Safety Endangered by Islamist Missionary Movement

In this article, Purnima Nath explains how India is also facing terror plots and designs to destabilize it along with fighting Corona Virus pandemic. She details all the nuances in the complex situation.

Krsna’s Opening Remarks in the Gita

In this beautiful piece, Srinath Mohandas explains the response of Krsna to Arjuna’s plight. He analyzes three perspectives to Arjuna’s reaction to the ongoing war. The one by Sanjaya, the one by Arjuna himself and the most important of all by none other than Krsna. He analyzes these perspectives to glean some wisdom for us in these times.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

This is a brief book review of the world famous work Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. The reviewer Jataayu B’luru throws light on some of the most salient aspects of the book, telling us that the book is different from others in the sense that it does not stop at human history and goes long back into evolutionary and geological history too. He also points out the mis-information of the author regarding India and Indian history.

The Ethical Paradox of the Jñāna-Karma Dialectic and Its Solution in the Yoga Vāśiṣṭha – 1

In this article, Sreejit Datta analyzes the age-old dilemma: whether to seek self-realization or to engage whole-heartedly in the welfare of the society or those who are in need? Some term exclusive efforts for self-realization as selfish. Datta analyzes Mokshashastras and comes to the conclusion that there is really no dichotomy between the two.

The Romantic View of Human Relations

The triumph of the romantic view of education was doubly disastrous because it coincided with the triumph of the romantic view of human relations, especially family relations. This view goes something like this: the object of human life being happiness, and the fact that many marriages are unhappy being patent and obvious; it is time to found human relationships not upon such extraneous and unromantic bases as social obligation, financial interest, and duty, but upon nothing other than love, affection and inclination. All attempts at stability founded upon anything but love, affection and inclination are inherently oppressive and therefore ought to be discounted. Once relations — especially those between the sexes — were founded upon love alone, the full beauty of the human personality, hitherto obscured by clouds of duty, convention, social shame and the like, would emerge, as a shimmering dragonfly in the summer. This is an excerpt from ‘Spoilt Rotten – The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality’.

तंत्र ४ – तंत्र के बारे में भ्रांतियाँ

पश्चिम में ही नहीं, भारत में भी, तंत्र के बारे में बहुत सी भ्रांतियाँ फैली हुई हैं| उनमें से सबसे बड़ी यह है कि इसमें कई प्रकार की दुष क्रियाएं होती है और इसका सम्बन्ध केवल उन्मुक्त काम से ही है| रजनीश मिश्र हमें बताते हैं कि तंत्र वास्तव में है क्या और इसका सम्बन्ध योग ध्यान आदि से क्या है| वे हमें यह भी बताते है कि तंत्र के सम्बन्ध में प्रमुख भ्रांतियाँ क्या क्या है और ऐसी भ्रांतियाँ क्यों फैलीं

The Living and the Historical Temple

Which is better? The living or the historical temple? The living institution or the historical structure? In this article, Pankaj Saxena discusses the possible attitudes that we can take about maintaining our heritage. It is both a reservoir of our history and also a living institution. How to treat the Hindu Temple will also be telling about how the Hindus are going to treat their heritage and culture in general.

Ways of the Mystics 3 – Gurdjieff and the 24-hour Rule

In this article, Ankit Sharma discusses how the famous European mystic Gurdijeff instituted the 24 hours rule and how it can help us in managing a lot of our problems, worldly as well as spiritual.

Introducing Dharampal

In this article, Dr. Probal Roy Chowdhury introduces the major works of Dharampal and discusses what he contributed to Indian historiography. He was one of the pioneers of modern Indian history, particularly the history of Indian education and educational institutions.

The Sentimental View of Education

In this excerpt, Dalrymple analyzes how the sentimental view of education has ruined the entire system. He quotes Steven Pinker and his influence over British education in the past few years. He tells us how even right ideas can wreak havoc if implemented in wrong domains and with wrong intent. What he gives us is a view of sentimental moralising. This is an excerpt from the book ‘Spoilt Rotten! – The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality’.

तंत्र ३ – आगम : शिव पार्वती का संवाद

आगम उपदिष्ट हैं – अर्थात शिव और पार्वती के संवाद के रूप में हैं| काव्य के ग्रंथों में आचार्य अभिनव गुप्त ने जब सहृदय की परिभाषा दी अपनी टीका में, तो इसी को हृदय संवाद कहा| अर्थात शिव और पार्वती का संवाद कोई दो व्यक्तियों के बीच का संवाद नहीं है| यह संवाद है हृदय का| हृदय का ही एक पक्ष प्रश्न करता है| दूसरा उसको समझता है, उत्तर देता है| इस तरह का एक एकत्व का संवाद है यह|

Ways of the Jnanis 2 – When U.G. Krishnamurthi met Ramana Maharishi

In this second part of the series on brief snippets out of the reservoirs of Ultimate Knowledge in India, author Ankit Sharma explains a meeting between U. G. Krishnamurti and Shri Ramana Maharshi. He gives us a window into an event which might have influenced the life of U. G. K. more than the world realizes it did.

Cooking vs. Consumerism – How Cooking can defeat the Food Corporate

This article talks about how the food corporate with ‘rational logic’ and arguments about ‘saving time’ destroyed home cooking in the West. The obvious goal was to promote food processing industry and destroy the culture of eating whole foods, even at home. Michael Pollan calls for cooking at home again, from whole foods in order to defeat the food corporate and its designs on human culture. This is an excerpt from ‘Cooked’.

तंत्र २ – तंत्र की अवधारणा

इस लेख में डॉ. रजनीश मिश्र ने तंत्र की अवधारणा को समझाने का प्रयत्न किया है| वे बताते हैं कि तंत्र एक साधना पद्धति है और ज्ञान के उपार्जन की एक पद्धति है| तंत्र और आगम कैसे सभी प्रान्तों और काल खण्डों में प्रचलित रहे हैं यह भी हमें इस लेख से पता चलता है|

The Romantic Idea of Education

In this article, Theodore Dalrymple the cultural critic discusses how the romantic ideas penetrated or rather invaded educational institutions in the late 19th and early 20th century and how they destroyed the traditional education system which was effective than its substitution. This is an excerpt from ‘Spoilt Rotten – The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality’.

Five Books to Battle Adharma

In this article, Satish Verma recommends five books to understand the dominant ‘-isms’ of today’s intellectual climate, like feminism, Marxism, post-modernism etc. These books are important to understand how the minds of these ideologues work. And this understanding is necessary to defend Dharma against the many threats that it faces today.

Understanding ‘Woke’

In this short brilliant piece, Saumya Dey analyzes the phenomenon of ‘wokeness’ from a deep perspective. He delves into the reasons of why would someone be attracted to the agenda of the ‘woke’ generation; why would they hate the tradition as much as they do? And what results from such woke activism. He also analyzes the roles of the ideological demagogues in misleading the youth into ‘wokeness’.

Meenakshi Jain Recommends 5 Books on Indian History

Padma Shri 2020 winner, Dr. Meenakshi Jain, recommends the following essential books on Indian history. Dr. Meenakshi Jain is India’s finest historians who is currently working to bring out in the open the truth about many important aspects of Indian history. Her works on Sati and Ayodhya are recognized as fundamental works all over the world.

Between Nature and Culture – Where the Cooks Dare to Tread

In this fourth installment of the ongoing series, Michael Pollan tells us how the cook connects Nature with human Culture. He tells us how cooking is a form of achievable alchemy in which inedible and tasteless food is suddenly transformed into something tasty, healthy and edible. This is an excerpt from the book ‘Cooked’.

The Inherent Uncertainty of the World

In this concluding part of the series on multi-valued logic system of Jaina philosophers and logicians, Aniruddha Singhal gives mathematical proof about the inherent uncertainty of the world. The Western bi-valued logic does not incorporate this uncertainty into its calculations, while Indian system as well as many other systems of logic do.

तंत्र १ : भारत – एक आध्यात्मिक संस्कृति

इस लेख माला के पहले लेख में डॉ. रजनीश मिश्र तुलना करते हैं तीन महान संस्कृतियों की और यह बताते हैं कि भारतीय संस्कृति की विशेषता क्या है और क्यों उसे एक ज्ञान संस्कृति के रूप में ही सदैव देखा जाता रहा है। इसके पश्चात वो आगम और निगम ग्रंथों की संक्षिप्त परिभाषा देते हुए परा और अपरा विद्याओं के बारे में बताते हैं। यह लेख माला तंत्र पर है और इस लेख में एक पृष्ठभूमि देकर लेखक आगे तंत्र के बारे में विस्तार करेंगे।

Four Ways of Cooking

In this article, Michael Pollan discusses how there are basically four ways of cooking: grilling with fire, cooking with liquid, baking bread, and fermenting all sorts of things. And how they are based on four basic elements: fire, water, air and earth. It is with basically these four techniques that the world cooks its food. This is an excerpt from the book ‘Cooked’ by Michael Pollan.

Gandhi on Indigenous Education

At India’s independence, the level of literacy in India was very low. Notwithstanding the arguments which consider oral education to be as good as literate culture for the moment, there has to be some reason for this poor state of education in India. India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with one of the first literate cultures. How did things come to this? In this article, Dr. Probal Ray Chowdhury tells us what Gandhi thought about indigenous education system of India.

The Trouble with Islam Today

In this article, Dr. Shankar Sharan analyzes the incompatibility of fundamentalist Islamic ideas with modern institutions and modern world. He tells us how a fundamentalist Islamic society is prone to human suffering of every kind. It not only spreads violence in other societies, but becomes a victim of its own violence. He also gives us solutions about this problem.

Theology of Hate – How Christianity Destroys Paganism

The recent Palghar Lynching of Hindu Sadhus has shaken the conscience of many Hindus. The case is still not clear. The area is known for violent Christian missionary activity, and the NGO which is trying to arrange for the release of the accused in the case has ties to the Church. Moreover, the recent mysterious death of the VHP assigned lawyer to the Hindu side, Digvijay Trivedi in an ‘accident’ during the lockdown makes the case even murkier. This article discusses how the Church routinely fills tribals’ hearts with hatred of everything Hindu.

The Death of Cooking – How Corporate Invaded Our Food

In this brief foray into the history of food corporate in the West, Michael Pollan analyzes how the decline in cooking in America was not a natural phenomenon as often touted by experts. It was actively encouraged by the food corporate which stood of benefit maximally from decline in cooking. He tells us the story of how America handed over its food independence to industry, increasing many illnesses and imbalances in society. If we don’t take heed this might happen to India too. This is the excerpt from the introduction of the book ‘Cooked’.

5 Books to Read in Western Political Thought

In this article, author Saumya Dey recommends five books to read for a ‘Purva Paksha’ of our ideological enemies. The following five books could provide one a reasonably good sense of Western political thought till the age of enlightenment, Marxism along with its interpretation of history, and certain aspects of, what is termed these days, ‘critical theory’ pertaining to the post-enlightenment and industrial cognitive and social order. To challenge Western universalism, or ‘radical’, Left leaning academic activism (that uses the resources of Marxism and ‘critical theory’), one has to know their premises, and a perusal of these books may be five fruitful steps in that direction. To beat the enemy, you must know the enemy first.

The Cooking Hypothesis

In this passage, Michael Pollan mentions how cooking has been central to human evolution. While scientists have proposed many hypotheses which postulate the reason for the quick development of human brain, Pollan shows how cooking could have been the process which fast forwarded the evolution of human brain. Read this brilliant excerpt from the introduction of his book ‘Cooked’, on the same subject.

મદ્રેસા શિક્ષણમાંથી ઇસ્લામ ક્યારે બહાર આવશે?

આ તર્કસભર લેખમાં ડૉ. શંકર શરણ ઇસ્લામમાં જાહિલિયાના પ્રશ્નની ચર્ચા કરે છે. ‘જાહિલિયા’ અર્થાત અજ્ઞાન. ઇસ્લામિક દુનિયા પરંપરાગત રીતે એમ માને છે કે, ઇસ્લામ સિવાયની તમામ બાબતો જાહિલિયા છે – અજ્ઞાની છે. જોકે, દુનિયાભરની મદ્રેસાઓના ઉદાહરણ સાથે ડૉ. શંકર શરણ એ વાત સ્પષ્ટ કરે છે કે, જાહિલિયા તો ઇસ્લામિક દુનિયામાં જ છે. અને એવું શા માટે છે? વાંચોઃ

Bagan: The Land of a Thousand Pagodas

Myanmar is a hidden beauty. It is one of the most important Buddhist cultures in the world, preserving the Thervada Buddhist tradition like no other country has. Accompanying its robust culture of monks and meditation, it also has some of the greatest cultural monuments in the world, most prominently displayed at Bagan, the ancient capital of Burma. In this travelogue, Ami Ganatra tells us not only about the art, culture and architecture of Burma, but also its unique tradition of widespread monkhood for a few years in life. Read on to know more about this great cultural cousin of India.

Dealing With the Gandhi Within

Gandhi arouses strong reactions in Indians. Some love him, declaring him to be the greatest man who ever lived, next only to Buddha. Others hate him too much, calling him the person who deluded India with promises of pseudo-secularism. What is the truth? And was Gandhi the only one to be blamed. Was Hindu society also a culprit? Read this article to know the answers and solutions to these problems.

ऋत (ṚTA): Nature’s Amazing Cycles, Wildernesses and Biodiversity – 1

Life evolved, enriching Earth to make up Nature, and why we must maintain eternal obligation towards Earth and Nature. What played out in this interaction of the living and non-living was the merging of the amazing cycles of living and non-living components of Nature, as cycles of Living Nature got aligned with the preexisting pre-Life cycles of Earth. In this article, we shall discover these amazingly beautiful cycles, periodicities and rhythms of Earth and Nature (which Vaidiks normatively call ṚTA). We shall also study habitats and biodiversity.

Buddhi is not Intellect alone : An Indic Perspective

On this Buddha Purnmia, in this enlightening piece, Shri Anirvan explains to us, what the real meaning of Buddhi is in Indian tradition. It has been universally admitted that buddhi, whether as a spiritual stage or an instrumentation, is something above the mental plane; It has both a psychological and a cosmic aspect, the relation between the two in spiritual realization being that between a means and an end; and its intrinsic character is in the nature of an illumination granted by divine grace. This is an excerpt of “Buddhiyoga of the Gita”, Prabudha Bharat, 1948.

KYC – Know Your Civilization: Recognizing the Distinctive Soul of India

In this brilliant and searing piece, Sargun Kaur combines personal experience and penetrative insight into civilizational problems. She explores her own journey of de-colonization of the Hindu psyche, through four defining works. Through these works and her understanding of them, she affirms how India should be imagined or looked at by our younger generation.

Indian Art and the Concept of Pramana

In this excerpt, Ananda Coomarasway explains the concept of Indian art in context of the theory of Pramana. He tells us how drama used to emphasize that he actors cannot get ‘fooled’ by the drama itself. And with this context, he brings in the theory of the different kinds of Pramana and how they are applicable in Indian art.

Ways of the Jnanis – 1 – King Janak’s Dream

In this first part of a series of enlightening conversations of Jnanis and their disciples, Ankit Sharma tries to bring up small instances from Indian literature where some important pointers are given in simple language and sharp pointers. This series will reveal how Indian civilization was occupied with the question of self-knowledge and how to seek it.

ફતવાથી આગળ ઇસ્લામ પાસે કશું છે ખરું?

આ લેખમાં ડૉ. શંકર શરણ ફતવાની દુનિયા અને મૌલવીઓ વિશે ચર્ચા કરે છે. તેમાં કહેવામાં આવ્યું છે કે કેવી રીતે રાજકીય ઇસ્લામની ભાષા ધમકી અને ફતવાથી વિશેષ કશું નથી, તેમાં ચર્ચાને ભાગ્યે જ અવકાશ છે. લેખક કહે છે કે ઇસ્લામિક સમાજની અંદર પણ વાતચીત-વિચારણાની કોઈ શક્યતા નહીં હોવાથી કેવી રીતે આખા સમુદાયને નુકસાન થઈ રહ્યું છે.

Comparing Religions on Taleb’s Anti-Fragility Scale

This article explores various religions all over the world on the Taleb’s scale of anti-fragility. It analyzes how systems which seem very strong in normal times, may actually be very fragile and thus just one crisis away from total collapse. The Prophetic Monotheistic Religions of Christianity and Islam seem to be fragile and heading to an unseemly collapse, while Sanatana Dharma might gain from this disorder, as it has always been decentralized and personalized, not depending upon State or central structures.

Will Corona Virus cure our Colonial Hangover?

As the novel Corona Virus threatens to disrupt our lives, most of us are wary and pessimistic about what the future holds. But our traditional wisdom tells us that a moment of crisis is also a moment of transformation. This may be especially true in the domain of education that has witnessed a huge impact by the novel Corona Virus. Schools and colleges remain closed in almost all countries of the world and some fear that educational institutions will remain closed for a long time even after the lockdown is lifted. What are the solutions? Read on to know more.

Learning from Mahatma Gandhi’s Mistakes – 3

In this third and concluding part of a series, Koenraad Elst tells us how the pacifism of Gandhi hurt the Hindu society. His was a position as untenable as that of Jinnah. His impractical advice in fact of violence led to even more violence and bloodshed and was irresponsible to say the least.

Emerging New Perspectives on Epidemiology

In this timely satire, Satish Verma takes on the millenials who have suddenly taken upon the profession of epidemiology and garnishing it with liberal notions of social justice, are wreaking havoc upon any ears sensitive to scientific truth. He takes upon feminism, liberalism and the kind of Indian secularism which goes to great lengths to defend Tablighi Jamaat, but attacks everything Hindu.

Institutionalizing Hindu Hatred

The Palghar lynching of Hindu Sadhus is not a stand alone event. The hatred of everything Hindu, everything saffron has been institutionalized in Indian media, academia, polity, art and even economy. This has been going on for more than a century. The British initiated it but the Nehru dynasty continued this barbaric policy of Hindu hatred to the hilt. This article shows, how these lynching of Hindu Sadhus across India, which have frighteningly become a common event, are not isolated events, but the harvest of the hatred that Christian missionaries and Marxists have been brewing for the past few decades.

Why Don’t Hindus Stand Up Against Anti-Hindu Anti-India Agenda?

Purnima Nath explores how Hinduphobia is rampant in Indian as well as Western media. She tells us how anti-Hindu, anti-Indian campaigns are openly run with seldom any repurcussions or strong reactions from the Hindu side. She also tells us how minorities are safest in India and not in neighboring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh and that is because of the Hindu culture and ethos of India.

Muslims Speak the Language of Power

In this short article, Dr. Shankar Sharan analyzes the history of modern India, and quoting various important religious leaders of Islam, he proves that they have always spoken a language full of arrogance of power. This fact alone shows that they cannot be the victims as they portray themselves to be. He also shows how this arrogant approach will no longer work in the modern world.

The Christian Destruction of Pagan Heritage

This account by Catherine Nixey tells us about the destruction of the pagan city of Palmyra in modern day Syria by fanatic Christians. It is an excerpt from the famous work ‘The Darkening Age’ by Catherine Nixey in which she tells how systematically, brutally and almost completely, Christianity destroyed the pagan temples, heritage and the very knowledge traditions.

Ecology vs. Development

In this article, Nithin Sridhar discusses whether the dichotomy of Ecology vs. Development that has been created is real or not. It is often argued by opposite lobbies that either ecology can be cared about or development can be pursued. Nithin Sridhar tells us that there is a third way possible.

How Dharma can Help Survive us in a Fragile World?

Times of crises are when one’s svadharma is tested. In these times, we get to know how strong the cultural foundations of our society are, how strong we ourselves are, standing upon those foundations. In this article, author Rabinarayan Swain has attempted to explain in simple terms how to have a grip on our mental and physical health in these hard times.

భారత దేశం హిందూ రాష్ట్రం అయితే తప్పేముంది? – ఖలీద్ ఉమర్

ఈ ఆర్టికల్ లో ఖలీద్ ఉమర్ భారత దేశం ‘హిందూ రాష్ట్రం ‘ గా మారడానికి ఉన్న అవకాశం గురించి వ్రాసారు. ఉదారవాదులు తరచూ భారత దేశం హిందూ రాష్ట్రం గా మారితే అల్ప సంఖ్యాకుల మారణ హోమం జరుగుతుంది అని భయంకరమైన కథలను ప్రచారం చేస్తుంటారు. కానీ ఈ రచయిత మాత్రం భారత దేశం హిందూ రాష్ట్రం గా అవతరిస్తే హిందూ సంస్కృతి యొక్క గొప్పదనం కారణంగా శాంతి నెలకొని, అక్కడ నివసించే అన్ని వర్గాలకు చెందిన ప్రజలూ పురోగమిస్తారని అభిప్రాయపడ్డారు.

Is it Wrong to Say that Only My Religion is Right?

When Hindus try to tell others about the good in their religion, they are often told that other religions are also good, and there are many bad practices in Hindu society. When Hindus try to talk about the intolerance of some Prophetic Monotheistic religions, they are told to look at their bright side. Maria Wirth, a German who came to India, became a Hindu, tells from her experience, how all Prophetic Monotheistic religions have exclusive claims on reality and thus are wrong, and Hindu dharma can say that its approach towards seeking truth is right.

How India Remained Dar-al-Islam under the Marathas and the British

In this brilliant follow-up of his earlier article on Dar-al-Islam, Harsh Narain argues how India was at least nominally a Dar-al-Islam even during the times of the Marathas and even during the British. Reading him one realizes what fear Islam generates even in its rulers. The British were very careful, not to hurt the sentiments of the Muslims. The Marathas too, left their institutions intact.

Dharma, Nature and Agro-Ecology – 1

In this first part of a series, agro-ecologist Dr. Aditya Dhopatkar explains the origin of life on earth and how everything is interconnecetd. He tells us the interconnectedness and the functions of not only the living beings but also the part that the inanimate material plays in the greater ecological scheme.

Learning from Mahatma Gandhi’s Mistakes – 2

In this second part of the series, Dr. Koenraad Elst analyzes the faults of Mahatma Gandhi. He argues that his primary fault was not his insistence on universal and un-conditional non-violence, but his fanatacism and intolerance regarding the implementation of ideas that he thought were correct for not just himself but for the entire society.

Prophetic Monotheism: The Longest Running Pandemic in History

While the world is reeling from the Corona Virus pandemic which is barely months old, we all are suffering from another virus, of an ideological kind, which has been spreading across the world for the past two thousand years continuously. It has been spreading death, destruction, violence and destroying peace all this time. It has infected a majority of humanity barring a few countries like India and China. This ideological virus is Prophetic Monotheism. Read Pankaj Saxena making this apt comparison in this article.

ભારત હિન્દુ રાષ્ટ્ર બને એમાં ખોટું શું છે?

હિન્દુ રાષ્ટ્રની રચનાની સંભાવના વિશે આ એક લેખમાં ઉમર ખાલિદ ધારદાર રજૂઆત કરે છે. ભારત જો હિન્દુ રાષ્ટ્ર બને તો લઘુમતી સમુદાયોની મોટાપાયે કત્લેઆમ થઈ જશે એવી મનઘડંતી વાર્તાઓ બનાવીને લિબરલ બુદ્ધિજીવીઓ ભયનું વાતાવરણ પેદા કરી રહ્યા છે. આથી વિરુદ્ધ ખાલિદ ઉમર કહે છે કે, હિન્દુ રાષ્ટ્રની રચનાથી તો દેશમાં હિન્દુ સંસ્કારોને કારણે શાંતિ અને પ્રગતિ થશે.

Five Reasons Trump is Going to Win

In this article, Preity Upala analyzes the American electoral scene for the next elections. She analyzes many spheres of politics and comes to a conclusion that Donald Trump is going to be re-elected in the next elections, even though the liberal brigade thinks it a virtual impossibility. She tells you how.

What is Wrong in India becoming a Hindu Rashtra?

In this brilliant short article, Khalid Umar writes on the possibility of the creation of Hindu Rashtra. Liberals often tell scary stories about holocausts and genocides of minorities in India if the Hindu Rashtra is ever created. Khalid Umar, instead claims that it is the creation of Hindu Rashtra that will ensure peace and progress of every community owing to the Hindu ethos of the country.

Ambedkar and the Karna Syndrome

On this Ambedkar Jayanti, Ankit Sharma explains why Ambedkar remains a bone of contention in modern times. Comparing him with Karna, Sharma explains how it was his own personal experience which molded him and his experiences while growing up never left him. They had a deep imprint on his scholarship and this is clearly visible in his literature.

Ambedkar on Islam

In this article, Dr. Koenraad Elst analyzes the least talked about aspect of Ambedkar’s writings, and this is his views on Islam, Muslims and Pakistan. He had made as scathing a critique of Islam, as that of Hinduism and advocated a complete population transfer between India and Pakistan, believing that Hindus and Muslims would never be able to live with each other. These are the views of Ambedkar that liberals try hard to hide. Dr. Elst, in this excerpt from ‘Agastya to Ambedkar’ brings you these views particularly.

Learning from Mahatma Gandhi’s Mistakes – 1

In this first in a series of articles, Dr. Koenraad Elst discusses the major mistakes of Gandhi, contending that it is bad for any country to idolize political figures. He discusses his major mistakes during the World War II, in the mobilization of the minorities etc. He analyzes his autocratic decisions of calling off protests mid-way after exhorting everyone to go for it.

Tulsi and Rama

In this article, Ankit Sharma tells us what Lord Rama means to us. He analyzes how Rama is important to all Hindus and how time and again, some great bard like Goswami Tulsidas would re-enact the story and the legend of Rama to make it more accessible to the contemporary audience. He also tells us how the bards, the great poets who re-enacted the story of Rama were deeply and spiritually connected to Rama.

Perversion of India’s Political Parlance

Who is a ‘leftist’ or ‘rightist’ or who is ‘secular’ and who is ‘communal’? In this article, Sita Ram Goel deconstructs the political and academic jargon. In doing so, he explains how language is used as a political weapon. This article is a must read.

The Hard Problem of Consciousness and Multi-valued Logic

In this fourth part of the ongoing series on Multivalued logic, Aniruddha Singhal discusses many disciplines of science and mathematics and tells us that the same problem which is encountered by bivalued logic in describing the world is encountered by many disciplines. He also discusses the hard problem of consciousness which debates over which came first, matter or consciousness. Singhal proposes that looking at the problem from multivalued logic may solve the problem.

सामाजिक दूरी का महत्त्व: १९१८ की महामारी से सीख

यह विश्व पहली बार महामारी से नहीं जूझ रहा| लगभग सौ साल पहले भी हमने एक भयंकर महामारी का सामना किया था जिसका नाम था स्पेनिश इन्फ्लुएंजा| इस बीमारी ने पुरे विश्व में ५ से १० करोड़ तक जानें ली थीं| उस महामारी में ली गयी कई सीखों को हम अभी भी प्रयोग में ला सकते हैं और कोरोना वायरस महामारी के तीव्र प्रकोप से बच सकते हैं|

Hanuman – The Path to Ultimate Knowledge

In this article, Pankaj Saxena explains what Hanuman means to Hindus. How he is not just a character in a story. He is the Prana Shakti that drives the life force of the Universe. He is the path to Self-Knowledge.

The Tabligh Movement or Millions of Bearded Militants on the March – 2

In this follow up of the earlier article, Shri Sita Ram Goel goes to history to trace the evolution of Tablighi Jamaat. He argues that its origin and inspiration are not modern. The urges that fire Jamaatis were present even in the times of the Mughal Empire and even before that. These urges lie at the very heart of Islam.

How Paradoxes Result from a Bi-valued System of Logic

In this third installment of the series on differences between bi-valued logic and multi-valued logic, Aniruddha Singhal in this piece describes how all the paradoxes of science today, like the paradox of Shroedinger’s cat, can be resolved if they are seen in the framework of multi-valued system of logic, rather than the bi-valued system of logic. The author forcefully argues that the paradoxes do not represent a fault in reality, but a fault in human understanding. That is what we have to correct.

The Tabligh Movement or Millions of Bearded Militants on the March – 1

In this brilliant expose of Tablighi Jamaat, India’s finest historian Sita Ram Goel proves that Tablighi Jamaat is not a social movement. It has no peaceful intentions and it has no spiritual or philosophical bent. Like all Islamic movements it is also a militant movement, with violent goals and genocidal intentions about the non-Muslim groups at its target, the most visible of the enemies, being the Hindus. In light of this two-part series, the current deeds of Tablighi Jamaat do not constitute outlier behavior, but is symptomatic of the core ideology of Tablighi Jamaat.

Tablighi Jamaat: The Real Face of Islam

In this short essay, Khalid Umar destroys a common delusion: that an extremist Islamic organization does not represent true Islam. He argues, with the short history and behavior of Tablighi Jamaat that their behavior truly and completely aligns with the fundamentals of Islam. They represent true Islam, rather than an abrogation of it.

Did Schools Charge Fee in 19th Century?

The English education model made it compulsory for all schools to charge a fixed amount of monthly fees. But how did the old traditional schools sustain themselves before the British arrived in India? Read on to find out.

Is India Dar-al-Harb or Dar-al-Islam? – 1

In this piece, one of India’s finest historians, Harsh Narain talks about the concept of Dar-al-Harb (Land of Infidels) and Dar-al-Islam (Land of Islam). In present times when we see how Muslims frequently flout State orders, one has to understand the Muslim psyche that works behind such behavior. In this first part of the exposition, Harsh Narain tells us about how Muslims view existence in a land ruled by non-Muslims.

Why do Hindus Worship Cow?

Liberals allege that the reverence of the cow that the Hindus show is just a modern invention of political Hindus in the ‘cow belt’. They say that the Hindus did not originally worship the cow and there is no inner logic to do so. Srinath Mohandas in this brief article analyzes, by explaining what the Vedas are and what the Yajna is, why cows are worshiped in India.

Shall Art Imitate Nature? – The Concept of Sadrsya

In this piece, Ananda Coomaraswamy discusses what is the purpose of Art as commanded by Indian canons as well as other eastern cultures and civilizations as opposed to the purpose of art in the West. He also gives us the concept of Sadrsya in Indian Art, on what is considered to be the true nature of beings.

The Making of Ramayana – Mark Tully on Ramanand Sagar’s Epic Creation

Ramayana is the dearest story to Hindus. Almost everyone knows it by heart. In modern times, Ramanand Sagar made a serial on it which was aired on Doordarshan. It was a hit like no other in the history of television. Traffic would stop. Shops would shut. Offices would halt, when the serial was going on. People would cry watching it. In hundreds. And yet, the ‘secular intellectuals’ of that period called it the most heinous production of fascist, Nazi, rightist, mass-murdering Hindus. That is how vicious, anti-people, anti-human left-liberal criticism can get. In this piece, Mark Tully, in his wonderfully pacifying style, tells us how important the serial was to India. How it connected to the very soul of India. As the serial is once again aired in these hard times, let us read what Mark Tully had to say about the audio-visual rendering of the greatest story ever told.

21 Books to Read in 21 Days Lockdown – Literature

Indic Varta in this piece by Pankaj Saxena brings you the recommendation of 21 Greatest Books in Literature to read in this 21 Days Lockdown. Read away. There is plenty of time!

The Jahiliyah of the Madrassas

In this brilliantly articulated piece, Dr. Shankar Sharan explores the question of Jahiliyah in Islam. The word ‘Jahiliyah’, means ignorance and traditionally, the Islamic world has considered the place and time beyond Islam as the reign of Jahiliyah. However, with many examples all over the world, focusing on the institution of the madrassa, Dr. Shankar Sharan shows how it is the Islamic lands which are the dens of ignorance. He explores the question why?

The Art Within

In this article, Ananda Coomaraswamy explains how the inspiration of all art in India is spiritual and comes from within. It is not just an act of observation but an act of absorption of the divine form, which is revealed to the artist when he meditates upon the nature of the truth. All Art in India is thus ideally derived. It is taken from Coomaraswamy’s definitive work on Art, “The Transformation of Nature in Art”.

One Teacher, One School – The Adam Report on Education in Bengal

How did Bengalis and Biharis educate their kids before the advent of English education? This article reveals some startling facts and shatters several myths about traditional education in northern and eastern India.

Unity or Plurality: A Linguistic Perspective – 3

In this concluding part, Shri Gaurinath Shastri tells us what is the role of intuition in learning and expression. The poet’s vision is called pratibha, which has been described by Jagannatha as the spontaneous, immediate and unpremeditated presentation of appropriate thought and diction which give the utterances of the poet the distinctive stamp of aesthetic pre-eminence.

The Concept of Shaucha or Cleanliness in Hindu Dharma

In this article, Nithin Sridhar, editor of Indiafacts, tell us what the Indian concept of cleanliness is. In these calamitous times, when COVID-19 is raging through the globe, it is important to understand why India has never given pandemics to the world. We need to understand what standards it followed, which made it possible to live with good general health, despite having one of the largest populations in the world.

Pandemics: It all depends on Human Behavior!

This article is taken from the concluding lines of Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen. It talks about the human fault with the modern pandemics. Pandemics have always been with the human beings, but the way humans are living now is also greatly responsible for increasing the chances of the pandemics, and making a local endemic disease into a global pandemic.

Unity or Plurality: A Linguistic Perspective – 2

In this beautiful piece, author and great grammarian Shri Gaurinath Shastri explains that though the words do have individual meanings, in plurality they are incapable of conveying the complete meaning. a grammarian tries to drive home the point that the meaning is great than the sum of its parts and lies somewhere in the unity that is represented on one level by the grammatical structure.

Vedantic or Trivalued System of Logic

This paper, the second in the series of articles on different systems of logic focuses on the Vedantic tri-valued system of logic and contrasts it to the western logic system. On the contrary eastern thought is embedded in trivalued frame of thought that is True, False and Mithya. The western logic system has binary mode of operation. There is no state in between two extremes.

Unity or Plurality: A Linguistic Perspective – 1

In this serious investigation into Word and Consciousness, Shri Gaurinath Shastri delves into grammar and logic to explore the phenomena of unity and plurality. In this piece, he tries to answer the question of what comes first, unity or plurality.

The Four-point Model for Hindu Parenting

This beautiful little article about parenting talks about four things that all young parents can do to impart Dharmic education to their children. These will also ensure a pleasurable experience for the child as well as the parents.

Does Islam Offer Anything beyond Fatwas?

This article by Dr. Shankar Sharan discusses the world of fatwas and Maulvis. It discusses how the language of political Islam is nothing but confined to threats and fatwas, rarely evolving to the level of discussion. He also tells us how this inability to hold dialogue within the Islamic society is harming the community itself.

Was Gujarat Educated in 19th Century?

We know that Gujaratis were great businessmen even before the British came to India. But few of us know the reason why Gujaratis kids have always been so smart in mathematics and business. Read on to find out.

Idealism vs. Dialectical Materialism – A Cold War – 2

In this short piece, Sita Ram Goel continues with his exposition on Communism. He tells what the major faults of communism are and how a spiritual outlook can help diffuse the spectre of communism. These two articles, taken from the brilliant work “Genesis and Growth of Nehruism”are still relevant in view of the dominance of the left-liberals.

Golden Mean – The Ultimate Standard of Truth

In this satirical piece, Satish Verma remarks upon the liberal habit of declaring both sides as equal culprits in every case. Notwithstanding the facts, the liberal premise that it takes two sides to make a conflict, has led them to believe that no matter who starts the riots, no matter which community becomes the victim, the fault equally lies with the both. The false equivalence between the two communities, which produces much resentment in the Hindu community, is taken for task in this brilliant piece of satire which tragically reads like truth.

Idealism vs. Dialectical Materialism – A Cold War – 1

In this brilliant mock conversation, India’s finest historian Sita Ram Goel compare the U.S. and the U.S.S.R and their ideologies and reveals that it the Soviet Union is highly idealistic and how it indoctrinates the rest of the world in its ideology.

The Traditional and the Secular Festival

This article compares the traditional and the secular festival and stresses the need to preserve and propagate the traditional festivals. While the traditional festival exhorts the individual to take part in the wider celebration of Nature, Culture and Cosmos, the secular festival drags him deeper into the mire of individualistic ego bolstering. This article discusses the distinction between the two.

Quranic Revelations

In this article, Dr. Sheshrao More tells us what the structure of the Quran is; how to read it; how to understand the chronology in it. This is an excerpt from the book “Islam: Maker of the Muslim Mind” by Sheshrao More, a Marathi scholar of great repute. He originally wrote this book in Marathi, which has been translated into English by a team of scholars, edited by Shri S. H. Deshpande.

Two Systems of Logic – Aristotlean vs. Saptabhangi

In this article, Aniruddha Singhal discusses the basis of the foundation of the two logic systems: the Western Logic System and the Eastern Logic System. The Western Logic is based on Aristotle’s bivalued logic, while in the East, the greatest logician, the Great Mahavira gave us the multi-valued system. This paper discusses the foundations of this distinction.

The Foundation of Islam

In this article, Dr. Sheshrao More discusses the foundation of Islam and the behavior of Muslims, with also throwing light on the Quran and the Hadis. This is an excerpt from the book “Islam: Maker of the Muslim Mind” by Sheshrao More, a Marathi scholar of great repute. He originally wrote this book in Marathi, which has been translated into English by a team of scholars, edited by Shri S. H. Deshpande.

Delimitation of Constituencies: The Crisis and the Solutions

– Raghu Bhaskaran
India has currently 543 Parliamentary Constituencies. The composition of these constituencies was decided long ago. Since then, the population dynamics of a lot of Indian states has changed. The question which arises now: how to delimit the constituencies so that the respective strength of the populations are reflected in it?

Jizyah in India

In this article, Dr. Harsh Narain explains how Jizyah helped the spread of Islam in India. It tells us how it was a primary agent in the conversion of Hindus. It also contributed to the systematic impoverishing of India, making it so costly for the Hindus to remain Hindu that they all became poor overtime.

Stone or Wallet? – Solving the Jamia Riddle

In early February, Jamia Milia Islamia released a CCTV video of its library where the police is seen as entering the library and beating the students who were allegedly studying there. In later videos released by the police, it can be seen that the students were the rioters who were given refuge in the library. Many of them can be seen with stones in their hands. Indian media like NDTV, used to whitewash the crimes of ‘minorities’ claimed the students in the CCTV footage did not have stones in their hands but wallets. Here is a brilliant satire by Satish Verma which exposes this mentality of Indian media.

Jizyah: The Humiliation of Non-Muslims

In this article, Dr. Harsh Narain explains how Jizyah is not only an instrumentation of fiscal terror. He tells us how Jizyah uses humiliation as an instrument in order to intimidate the non-Muslim to eventually convert to Islam. The very process of Jizyah, which is touted as a tool of ‘protection of non-Muslims’ is actually

Is ‘Hindu’ the Right Word?

The word ‘Hindu’ is often objected to by many different shades of political ideologies. It is claimed that the word is foreign origin. Based on this premise it is also claimed that India is a British creation. This article delves into these questions of names and identities.

Jizyah in History

Jizyah, is not a concept which came later in Islam. It is a concept embedded in the very origin of Islam. In this excerpt from his book ‘Jizyah and The Spread of Islam’, Dr. Harsh Narain discusses how Jizyah was implemented by the Prophet himself and how the First Four Right Guided Caliphs made it a permanent institution of Islam, realizing that it was both a source of revenue as well as an ultimate weapon for conversion to Islam.

Jizyah: The Fiscal Jihad

In this second part of the series on Jizyah, Dr. Harsh Narain, one of India’s finest historians of modern India tells us how Jizyah was nothing more than a means of fiscal Jihad, through which conversion to Islam was sought and encouraged by fiscally punishing the Hindus. This is an excerpt from ‘Jizyah and the Spread of Islam’.

The Moderate Muslim Test

It is often claimed that Islam should not be judged by its extremists, but by its moderates. It is a reasonable proposition which then necessitates the question: What is a moderate Muslim? Before we decide whether the moderate or the extremist Muslim represents Islam, we must first ascertain the qualities of the moderate Muslim. This article is an attempt to do just that.

Jizyah: The Tax of being Non-Muslim

In this brilliant excerpt taken from ‘Jizyah and the Spread of Islam’, Shri Harsh Narain, one of the finest historians of modern India, tells us what Jizyah is, and what it means for the Hindus. The Muslim psyche is of a peculiar making, vis-à-vis its attitude towards non-Muslims. According to the Prophet, every child is born in Islam, but its parents make it a non-Muslim. The Qur’an also says that ‘the earth belongs to Allah. He causes it to be inherited by whom of His Servants He will’. On the basis of it all the Prophet rules that all land belongs to God or himself, the natural corollary being that all land belongs, through God and the Prophet, to the Muslims.

The Vedic Yajña: A Conduit for Transcending the Conditioned Consciousness

Evolutionist and anthropological frameworks of interpretation have belittled the Vedic mantra as well as the Vedic Yajña by categorizing the two as naïve and obscure religious expressions (e.g. through labels like hymns and rituals, respectively) of the early humans. This article highlights the consciousness-altering potential of the Vedic Yajña and the role of the Vedic mantra in it by positing that the Vedic Yajña is neither just a ritual nor merely a metaphor; rather it is a powerful performative element in its own right, which pervades the ‘conditioned consciousness’ of its performer and uplifts the same to ever higher planes of consciousness, thus revealing to the performer/practitioner subtler layers of reality on the way to the Truth.

The Subaltern School of Indian History

In this excerpt from the brilliant new work “The Indian Conservative”, Jaithirth Rao discusses the ideological imperatives of the subaltern school of history. He illustrates how the central beliefs and lynchpins of the subalternists and the postmodernists are often exactly the same as those of the Marxist school of historians. And for all of them, India is a British construct. Rao then proceeds to illustrate, how this is just pure hogwash.

Religious Pluralism and Freedom of Religious and Spiritual Experience

Freedom in the West, is often interpreted as the freedom of action of individual in this world. But David Frawley, in this brilliant excerpt of ‘Awaken Bharata’ explains how freedom has many modes and internal freedom is the freedom which Hindu Dharma has always focused upon.

Fascism and Truth

In this brilliant piece of satire, Satish Verma takes a dig at the charge of Fascism that its omnipresent opponents from the liberal Left often level at the Hindu society. The Hindu movement is often referred to as Hindu Fascism. The sheer ridiculousness of the charge becomes obvious from this satire. When the charge is outrageous, satire is the best way to expose how untenable it is.

Religious Pluralism or the Unity of Religions

What does religious pluralism really mean in practice? Does it mean making all religions just the same? Does it mean an uncritical acceptance of all religions? Does pluralism, as the name sounds, actually give any choice, or is it a tyranny of an ideological dogma? David Frawley discusses these questions in this brief foray, which is an excerpt of ‘Awaken Bharata’.

Did Brahmins have Monopoly on Education?

One of the most persistent leftist dogmas regarding Indian society is that Brahmin hegemony was ubiquitous and using their so-called ‘favorable position’, the Brahmins horribly discriminated against every section of the society. This charge is also laid in the field of education. It is claimed that Brahmins created a monopoly in education and did not let anyone else study, thus ensuring their perpetual servility. In this brilliant but brief article, Dr. Ankur Kakkar counters by producing reports of the British officials who conducted surveys on the state of education as it was prevalent in the 19th century.

A Hindu Call for Religious Pluralism

While pluralism is the by-word of today’s liberalism, it is seldom practised by its own proponents. In this brief excerpt, from ‘Awaken Bharata’ David Frawley talks about how the offer of Hinduism is pluralist in intent and what real pluralism looks like.

The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 3

In this concluding part of this series, Coomaraswamy explains how the purpose of art in India was never just to imitate Nature, but also to transcend it and that is why Indian art is famously ‘not realistic’. This article is an excerpt from the book “The Transformation of Nature in Art” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.

Heroic Hindu Resistance To Islam – The Defense Of Kabul And Zabul

In this piece, taken from “Heroic Hindu Resistance to Islamic Invaders”, historian Sita Ram Goel explains how Islam did not get a toehold in India easily. Sita Ram Goel tells us how the defense of Kabul and Zabul was also very heroic and even these peripheries of India were not won by Islam easily. Sita Ram Goel based this book on another great work called “Indian Resistance to Early Muslim Invaders Up to 1206 A.D.” by Ram Gopal Mishra, who is quoted profusely in the text by Sita Ram Goel.

Matter or Consciousness – What Came First?

In this article, Shri Anirvan discusses the theory of material evolution that is prevalent in the modern world and he charts out how the spiritual evolution of man is different from this and one should not fall in the trap of explaining everything with the idea of Evolution.

Heroic Hindu Resistance to Islam – The Arab Failure

In this piece, taken from “Heroic Hindu Resistance to Islamic Invaders”, historian Sita Ram Goel explains how Islam did not get a toehold in India easily. Often by looking at the eventual defeat of most Hindu kingdoms, it seems as if Islam won over India easily. However, looking at history one realizes that it took Islamic armies several hundred years to get a toehold in India. And that owes to their great valor and chivalry and immense military prowess. Sita Ram Goel based this book on another great work called “Indian Resistance to Early Muslim Invaders Up to 1206 A.D.” by Ram Gopal Mishra, who is quoted profusely in the text by Sita Ram Goel.

Were Indians Uneducated Before the British Arrived?

Because we believe that the British gave us railways, roads, parliamentary democracy and much more, we also tend to believe that the Englishman made us educated and civilised. It is a common belief that before the advent of British colonial rule, most Indians were not very well educated or that education was limited to a few privileged Brahmins. But what do historical records say?

Nature of the Divine in Hinduism: One or Many?

This is an excerpt from the book, “Veda Mimansa – Volume 1” by Shri Anirvan. In this brief foray, Shri Anirvan describes how Hindus do not find any internal contradiction between believing in a formless, attribute-less divinity in the form of Supreme Consciousness and on the other hand, worshipping hundreds of deities with proper forms and attributes.

The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 2

In this excerpt from the book “Transformation of Nature in Art” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy explains the logic behind image worship in Hindu Dharma. he explains the apparent paradox of Hindu Dharma where the Divine is imagined as without any form or attributes on one hand and on the other multiplicity of forms and attributes are also to be seen quite prevalent in the society. Coomaraswamy explains that in reality there is no paradox.

Agama & Bhavana – The Source of Language Intuition

In this excerpt from his famous work “The Vakyapadiya of Bhartrhari with the Vrtti” Shri K. A. Subramania Iyer discusses the nature of knowledge and the sense with which we acquire it. He talks about how the language is intuited, how it originates in human consciousness and how it is manifested in the form that we are familiar from.

The Origin and the Use of Image in India – Part 1

In this excerpt from the book “Transformation of Nature in Art” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, he explores the conception of Art in India. He analyzes icon worship in India and explains how the Hindus conceive divinity and how they worship it. He also analyzes the hypocritical attitudes of Christianity and Islam who blame Hindus of being superstitious.

Six Kinds of Intuitions (Pratibha)

In this excerpt from his famous work “The Vakyapadiya of Bhartrhari with the Vrtti” Shri K. A. Subramania Iyer discusses the nature of knowledge and the sense with which we acquire it. He does not only talk about the outer knowledge but also inner knowledge in this timeless gem on India’s great wisdom in language and linguistics.

Indus University Awards D. Litt. To Shri Shrikant Talageri

Noted Indologist and author Shrikant Talageri was awarded Honorary D.Litt. (Doctor of Letters) by Indus University, Ahmedabad at the 4th Convocation of the University.

Psychology of Jesus

Everyone knows that the sources on Jesus’s life are insufficient for writing his biography.  But they are sufficient to reach the conclusion that he was a pathological personality.  At any rate, these are the conclusions which liberal theology has reached by thinking and taking into account the findings of modern psychiatry.

A Scientist Looks at Hinduism

The habit of measuring Hinduism with alien values is a very serious limitation if anyone wants to understand what Hinduism is really about. The vision and vocabulary of a revealed religion like Christianity or Islam are fundamentally unsuited to describing Hinduism, for Hinduism is an evolved and not a revealed religion. It is also pluralistic, while Christianity and Islam are exclusivist – for they acknowledge no beliefs other than their own as legitimate.

Sensuality and Spirituality

This is an excerpt from Balraj Khanna’s book “Human and Divine”. Depiction of sensuous pleasure has never been suppressed in Hinduism, because the human body is not seen as separate from the spirit. Even with Jainism, whose followers adhere to the world’s strictest regime of vegetarianism, bordering on extremism, we see its godly Tirthankara’s (divine preceptors) as well-proportioned, robust beings despite their austere diet, although stern, they have a sense of well-bring and exude a spiritual calm.

Decentralization of Social and Economic Policy – FR – Part 3

This is an excerpt from the book “The Fractured Republic” by Yuval Levin. He is discussing how economy cannot be studied and treated in isolation and needs a more holistic framework. Economic debates are not the only ones worth having, and are usually not the ones that run the deepest or that do the most to shape our society. Economic arguments are inseparable from cultural ones, and the arrow of causality runs in both directions. Our culture shapes our economic goals and is shaped by our economic relations; our economy reflects our cultural priorities and is reflected in our cultural trends and patterns.

Examination of Monotheism – Dharma vs. Religion – 4

In this brief excerpt Sita Ram Goel explains about the differences between the Tradition of Advaita and the Tradition of Monotheism. Differences arise when different individuals espouse the opposite traditions of Advaita and Monotheism intellectually and cherish them consciously. Then the tradition of Monotheism gives birth to Aurangzeb, and the tradition of Advaita to Shivaji.

Nothing is Everything: How Buddhism and Hinduism are Two Sides of the Same Coin – 3

This is an excerpt from the book “Why Buddhism is True” by Robert Wright. It talks about Buddhism’s focus on ‘Nothing’ and Hinduism’s focus on ‘Everything’. In Hindu thought, specifically within a Hindu school of thought known as Advaita Vedanta, there is the idea that the individual self or soul is actually just a part of what you might call a universal soul. To put the proposition in Hindu terminology: atman (the self or soul) is Brahman (the universal soul). Now, to say that atman is anything at all – Brahman, whatever – is to say that atman exists in the first place. And the very birth of Buddhism, its distinct emergence within an otherwise Hindu milieu, is thought to lie largely in the denial that atman exists.

Nothing is Everything: How Buddhism and Hinduism are Two Sides of the Same Coin – 2

In this brilliant excerpt from the famous book “Why Buddhism is True”, author Robert Wright explains through the aid of evolutionary biology and parasitology how the illusion of the clear boundary between the individual Self and the outside world breaks down. He then also discusses the implications and the meanings of ‘I’ and ‘Rest’ in such light, leading on to the differences in social thinking of Buddhism and Hinduism.

The System of Vedanta

This is an excerpt from the first book, “Our Oriental Heritage” of the world famous history of Will Durant, called “The Story of Civilization” It explains the philosophy of Vedanta and its impact on the Hindu mind over the ages.

Nothing is Everything: How Buddhism and Hinduism are Two Sides of the Same Coin – 1

This is an excerpt of the famous work “Why Buddhism is True” by Robert Wright. He analyzes the basic beliefs of Buddhism in idiom that is accessible to everyone and concludes that the basic premise of Buddhism and other eastern philosophies is that “Everything is One”.

Karma is Not Fate

In this excerpt, Will Durant, the world famous historian discusses the ideas of Karma and rebirth in Hindu philosophy. He also compares it with the notion of fate in the West and tells us how it is different from fate. This is an excerpt from
“Our Oriental Heritage”, the first volume of the monumental history of the world by Will Durant.

Fundamentals of Monotheism – Dharma vs. Religion – Part 3

In this brief excerpt, one of India’s greatest modern historians, Sita Ram Goel discusses the fundamentals of monotheism and how it differs from the fundamentals of polytheism. This excerpt discusses the fundamentals which differentiate Dharma from Religion.

The Sacredness in Crafts

This is an excerpt from the “Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture” by Balraj Khanna and George Michell. Balraj Khanna in this short excerpt discusses the lifestyle and behavior of a craftsmen, as envisioned and followed by the greatest of artists and craftsmen in India.

Islam according to Indian Secularism

This is part 8 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This article discusses how Indian Secularism lies about Islam and how it affects the future of India and humanity. They are ultimately primed for conversion to Islam. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

Muslims on Islam

This is part 7 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This article discusses what free-thinking Muslims think about Islam. They are ultimately primed for conversion to Islam. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

Islamic Theology – The Root of Islamic Fundamentalism

This is part 6 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This article discusses the theological foundations of Islamic fundamentalism. They are ultimately primed for conversion to Islam. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

On Dhimmis – How Islam Treats Hindus

This is part 5 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This article discusses the legal status of Hindus in an Islamic state and how many disabilities they endure. They are ultimately primed for conversion to Islam. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

India and the Islamic Dark Ages – 2

This is part 4 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This article discusses the atrocities done on Hindus by Islam during its rule in India and also the concept of ‘negationism’. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

India and the Islamic Dark Ages

This is part 3 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This article discusses how Islam treated Hindus when it ruled India in the medieval ages. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

Islam vis-à-vis Minorities

This is part 2 of the earlier article On the Nature of Islam. This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. This part exposes the discriminations done against the majority Hindu community in India and the immense appeasement that are dished out to Muslims, in the name of minority. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual than political reasons, shall remain anonymous.

On the Nature of Islam

This is a tract written on the Nature of Islam in context of the rising Islamic terrorism the world over in 2002. The world had just been shocked by 9/11 and the resultant interest in Islam and its nature led Krishnaswami to write this tract which is far from obsolete in the current situation and still crucial to understand the problem that plagues India and the world today. This is first in a series of articles, on the nature of Islam. Note: Krishnaswami is a penname of an author, who for more spiritual rather than political reasons, wants to remain anonymous.

Collectivism vs. Atomism – Left vs. Right – FR – Part 2

Our society is thus like a set of concentric rings, beginning with the most concrete and personal of human connections and concluding in the most abstract and philosophical of human commitments. Each ring, starting from the innermost sanctum of the family and the individuals who compose it, anchors and enables the next and is in turn protected by it and given the room to thrive. The outermost ring of society is guarded and sustained by the national government, which is charged with protecting the space in which the entire society can flourish and enabling all Americans to participate in and benefit from what happens there.

Signs of the Divine

This is an excerpt from the “Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture” by Balraj Khanna and George Michell. Balraj Khanna in this short excerpt discusses the symbolism of Indian Art. He explains how the various mudras, postures and ayudhas of the deities convey different aspects and moods of the divine.

Examination of Advaita Spirituality – Dharma vs. Religion – Part 2

Sita Ram Goel in this brief excerpt discusses the principle of Advaita and the concept of spirituality according to Indic culture. He analyzes seven aspects of Advaita and Indian spirituality and also compares it with the Prophetic Monotheistic mindset.

The Islamic Conquest of India

The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.

The Fifth Veda

This is an excerpt from the book “Veda Mimansa – Volume 1” by Shri Anirvan. The Vedanta in reality is the culmination of the Vedic philosophy. It is the exposition of the meaning of the Veda from the standpoint of ‘Knowledge’ (Vijnana). Therefore, it may be said that in order to discover the meaning of the mantras, we have to have a foundation of comprehensive knowledge of the Upanisad, an intimate acquaintance with the Trantra, the Purana and a direct experience of the methods of the Yogic and Tantrik spiritual praxis.

The Troubles of a Fractured Republic – FR – Part 1

This short excerpt from his book “The Fractured Republic” by Yuval Levin discusses the increasing rift in public opinion in America and the decreasing national consensus. It tells us how the debate between left and right has resulted gone so far that the national interest of the country is no longer paramount.

Aesthetics of Indian Art

This is an excerpt from the “Human and Divine: 2000 Years of Indian Sculpture” by Balraj Khanna and George Michell. Balraj Khanna in this short excerpt discusses the aesthetics of Indian Art. He explores the symbolism of Indian art. Why is it not physically accurate about anatomy like the Greek art? Why does it focus on facial expressions favoring inner peace? It gives a basic understanding about the spiritual import behind creating Hindu art.

Inadequacy of the Intellect – Wisdom of the Upanishads

In this brief excerpt, Will Durant explains the importance of Upanishads and how they tell us about the inadequacy of the intellect. To our own day the Upanishads have remained to India what the New Testament has been to Christendom- a noble creed occasionally practiced and generally revered. Even in Europe and America this wistful theosophy has won millions upon millions of followers, from lonely women and tired men to Schopenhauer and Emerson. Who would have thought that the great American philosopher of individualism would give perfect expression to the Hindu conviction that individuality is a delusion?

Dharma vs. Religion – Part I

In European languages, there was no one word which could completely express the essential nature of dharma. So the European scholars had to make use of different words relative to the context in which the word had been used in Indian literature. In the English language, dharma was translated as religion, righteousness, law, tradition, moral code, etc., according to the context. But the modern scholars in India did not have to experience any such difficulty in the context of translation. They heard the word ‘religion’ of the English language and decided instantly and unanimously that this word should be translated as ‘dharma’ in all Indian languages.

Eternal Words of the Vedas

In this excerpt, from Veda Mimansa, Volume I, Shri Anirvan discusses the notion of the eternality of the words of the Vedas. He discusses the age old debate between the Mimansakas and the rationalists, in which the Mimansakas claim that the very words of the Vedas are eternal and not just the meaning, and the rationalists consider only the meaning is eternal. In this brief excerpt, Shri Anirvan navigates through this debate and in the process interprets the origin of language and the importance of the Vedas.

Negationism in India: General Characteristics

India has its own full-fledged brand of negationism: a movement to deny the large-scale and long-term crimes against humanity committed by Islam. This movement is led by Islamic apologists and Marxist academics, and followed by all the politicians, journalists and intellectuals who call themselves secularists. In contrast to the European negationism regarding the Nazi acts of genocide, but similar to the Turkish negationism regarding the Armenian genocide, the Indian negationism regarding the terrible record of Islam is fully supported by the establishment.

The Implosion of the Welfare State Model

The simplest way in which the advanced welfare state will lose attractiveness is the looming bankruptcy of the European welfare states. The financial bankruptcy is not anything that even the cleverest planner can avoid. As publicly financial benefits grow, so do the populations who find that they need them. The more people who need benefits, the more government bureaucracy is required. The more people who rely on support from the government and the larger the government, the fewer the people in the private sector who pay for the benefits and for the apparatus of the state. The larger the number of people who depend on government either for benefits or for their jobs, the larger the constituency for voting for ever-larger government.

Apaurusheya and the Origin of Language

In this excerpt, Shri Anirvan talks about Apaurusheya and how the origin of language is related to it. Sanatana Dharma, its scriptures, its philosophy and its institutions are famous for not crediting the individual for certain achievement, or failure, for that matter. Indian arts, famously remain nameless. Shri Anirvan, in this very deep piece analyzes the basic idea of Apaurusheya behind this tradition.

The Problem with the Welfare State

This is an excerpt from the book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010” by Charles Murray. The book gives two models of society: the American Project and The European Welfare State. The author makes a critique of the Welfare State of Europe, analyzing its inherent unsustainability and internal faults and presents another alternative model which is hinged equally on responsibilities and rights.

Ritual and Meaning in the Vedas

This is an excerpt from the Prologue of ‘Veda Mimansa – I’ by Shri Anirvan. This article talks about one of the most fundamental misconceptions about the Vedas; that the Vedic mantras have no meaning and are completely divorced from the Upanishadic philosophy. In this brief piece, Shri Anirvan clears all misconceptions about the problem.

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