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A prayer for Narendra Modi, the new PM

A prayer for Mr. Narendra Modi. Congratulations, Mr. Narendra Modi, for your stupendous success in the 2014 Loksabha election. You have been chosen by the Almighty to lead India. The 1.25 billion people of India have participated in a democratic revolution, the largest in the history of mankind, to give you the unequivocal mandate. They have come forward, shedding their glooms and grievances, with the great hope and aspiration that achche din aane waley hai. We are aware that the road ahead is not going to be easy. You have been successful, through work more than words, in instilling a sense of belief and confidence. Still a billion plus people will likely have an equal measure of expectations and some are bound to be disappointed for various reasons. There would definitely be other … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Politics

Society & One-Legged Dharma-Part 5- The Issue of Child Marriage

Child marriages serve as one of the best example to depict the gap between what was conceived and what is presently being practiced. It depicts the deviation and degradation of the Hindu society from the tenets of Dharma that were prescribed for welfare of society. In the present scenario, though by law the age for marriage is fixed at 18 for girls and 21 for boys, there are many cases of child marriages. The girl is especially made to leave school in middle and is married off. In many such cases, the girls would be completely devoid of education. The practitioners of child marriage, their apologists as well as those who jump to criticize Hinduism, point out that, Child Marriage is prescribed in the Hindu scriptures itself and it has been … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India

Reviving Dharma- Part 4- Homosexual & Marriage

News-Report: In a big blow to gay rights in India, the Supreme Court upheld a law criminalizing homosexual sex on Wednesday, setting aside a landmark Delhi high court decision in 2009 which had overturned the colonial-era ban. Read More: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/FHDQ9yB2jRJMsOlNCQrkgL/Supreme-Court-to-rule-on-legality-of-gay-sex-today.html ________________________________________ My Comments: The issue whether gays are born as gay or later in life circumstances turn them into gay is to be left to science. In either case, what two sane adults do in their bedroom, is none of the concern of Government or Law. Hence, the very act of criminalizing of supposed ‘unnatural sex between two consenting adults’ is wrong as long as it does not lead to some violence. There is nothing criminal about what goes between consenting adults. Now, sex and marriage can be treated as separate issue or … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Media

Science and Faiths

Following topics are addressed 1.                 Three Ps 2.                 Atman (Soul) 3.                 Linking God to Energy 4.                 ABM System 5.                 Computers and Power Trains 6.                 Hindu Advaita Philosophy and Science 7.                 Concluding Remarks 8.                 References and notes are indicated with a star (*) and bracketed number.   Three Ps  The three P’s are Philosophy, physics and psychology. Philosophy and psychology are subjective disciplines and in general these are intuitive, not quantitative sciences. Physics is both subjective (theoretical) and objective (experimentally verifiable) sciences. If a scientific observation is supported by verifiable data then it is a fact, if not then it is a theory. Unlike psychology and social studies, etc principles of physics and physical sciences are experimentally verifiable. Of the three Abrahamic and two Vedic faiths only Hindus have internalized all elements of three Ps. Three Abrahamic faiths rely … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, World

Reviving Dharma- Part 3- Eleven Points on Dharma

 Nithin Sridhar 1. Much of the ills of the present society can be solved if people simply start adhering to the tenets of Dharma. 2.The problems of corruption,black-money, illegal mining,scams would not have happened if people had followed Asteya-Non Stealing. 3.The caste discrimination, Dowry burning,religious riots, Honour killings would not have happened if people adhered to Ahimsa-Non Violence. 4. The condition of Ganges, the problems of toilet, sanitation,pollution etc are due to non adherence to Shaucha- Cleanliness. 5. Rape, Murder, Family Dispute, Property Dispute etc are due to Non-adherance to Ahimsa, Asteya & Indriya Nigraha. 6. Ahimsa includes not causing harm through mind, words or actions. Hence, all such incidents of violence could be avoided. 7. Indriya Nigraha- by controlling one’s mind & senses- greed, lust etc can be suppressed avoiding rape, sexual assault, etc 8. The rape … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India

Reviving Dharma- Part 4- Thoughts on Jati-Varna System

Nithin Sridhar In the ideal Varna System, Jati is for vocations and not vice-verse. In a society there are multiple jobs that must be done by different groups of people. Only then, there will be smooth functioning. If every person is competing for some jobs and some other jobs are neglected, there will be unemployment, jealousy etc in the society. Hence, in order to achieve effective division of labor Jati system was create. Jati refers to a group of people involved in a specific job. It was made hereditary as by this, it was easy to pass the skills required from father to son, generation to generation. Varna’s as you know is determined based on Guna and based on it certain Duties/Dharmas has been allotted. But, a child’s Guna is most affected … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Vedic Knowledge

Temples, Toilets & Minority Politics

We as a people have a weakness in that we look for idols in our leaders and put them on a pedestal. An idol’s word is gospel; his actions are above reproach. After all, ‘A Caesar can do no wrong!’ An idol’s actions never, ever come under scrutiny. His actions are always explained away with altruistic motives. Calling an idol’s actions into question is blasphemy.    When a society treats a leader as an idol, all criticism is blanked out. The feedback mechanism is disabled. A leader who is blindly worshipped becomes blind to public opinion. It is not in the public interest. A leader’s belief in his infallibility gives way to a certain conceit. As the leader comes to dislike criticism, his followers automatically screen it from him. It lays … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Politics

Reviving Dharma – Part 2 – Nava-Ratri-Celebration or Exhibitionism?

Those who will be celebrating Nava-Ratri, the nights of the Goddesses, the nights of the Shakti, should stop a moment and conduct a deep review of their own actions. Does the men in society conduct themselves the way they should with respect to women? Is it proper on the part of those Men who indulge themselves in harassing, eve-teasing, raping, or dowry burning etc etc? Is it right on the part of Women who themselves suppress other women, impose on them restrictions? Is it right on the society as a whole-both men and women to blame the victimized women during any issue of sexual assault? Does our Bhakti towards Devi depicts genuine love and devotion or is it mere hypocrisy? How many of the people celebrate Nava-Ratri/Durga-Puja due to genuine love … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India

Response to New York Times Denigrating Ganesha

Response to the article in New York Times denigrating Ganesha: Original Article “Uncertain Times in India, but Not for a Deity” by Ellen Barry of New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/world/asia/uncertain-times-in-india-but-not-for-a-deity.html?_r=1& Gaudy Ganesha? By Jayakumar S. Ammangudi, Ph.D. Two weeks ago, it was Gardiner Harris, South Asia Correspondent of the New York Times (NYT) bemoaning the rise of Narendra Modi in India (link).  A week later, it was Ellen Barry, again of NYT, troubled by the immense display of faith to the most popular deity, Ganesha, of the oldest living non-aggressive tradition of this world (link). (Picture of Ganesha procession in Mumbai that appeared in the NYT) It is interesting that in his biography, Gardiner readily admits (link) that ‘the complexity of India is paralyzing’.  Having written about science, medicine and food, he begins to write about not just Politics, but Indian Politics. … Read entire article »

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Hindu Activism Against Media – Social Media As Watchdog – Book Review

BOOK REVIEW – Social Media As Watchdog Title: Social Media As Watchdog Author: Ravinar Foreword: Professor.R.Vaidhyanathan, IIM Bangalore. Published by: Karmic Action, C 12, UMA NAGAR, AHMEDABAD, PINCODE 380052 Website: Mediacrooks.com Year: 2013 PRICE Rs 325/- FISH MARKET DEBATES This is one of the most original books, in recent times, written by an Indian, in English, with inputs, to understand the English TV Channels 24X7 ones, and the debates they conduct; this book espouses the cause of fairness and objectivity in broadcasting standards carried out to full length. A cursory reading will equip the viewers, (who are not familiar) to understand the “Games the Media” play in especially their programmes like “ Face The Nation”, “Buck Stops Here”, etc. The arrival of this book has done half the job; the rest lies with the spectator, to and develop critical … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Hinduism, India, Media, Politics, Vedic Knowledge