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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

Are We Drowning In Think Tanks?

[Author’s preface: I live in the chicagoland area skirting the O’Hare airport. As I drive around on errands and business all I see are these huge hills, like extra large Indian mounds, in Des Plaines, Rosemont, Bensenville, Elk Grove village, and Mt. Prospect. These large mounds are covered in Prairie grasses that look very pleasant, but with pipes sticking out. What are they? Garbage dumps, I counted 16 of them in our region alone. Not too far in the distant future, these hills will be sold as prime real estate with “views.” We are a species whose byproduct is garbage. We create garbage by our very existence. And there are 6,305 Think Tanks servicing a population of 6.8 billion… Are their policy solutions working? Are we better off today then … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Corruption, Economy, Feature, Featured, India, Media

The Need for Indian Narrative

1. The issue of withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindu” and subsequent drama again shows the need for Hindu/Indian Narrative and Scholarship. 2. Those who are traditionally trained lack knowledge of modern scholarship. Further their numbers are dwindling fast. 3. The people with modern education largely has superficial understanding of Hindu religion and allied subjects. 4. We need to do two things- 1. Revive the traditional system of education of Veda, Vedanta, Tarka, Agama etc.And support the practitioners. 2. We need to create Indian narrative/analysis of not only Indic religions and traditions but also of world religions. 5. The traditional teaching through Sanskrit using mimamsa & tarka & Modern scholarship & research techniques must be carried simultaneously. 6. Further, we need create means of livelihood for those who learn & teach Vedas and dedicate … Read entire article »

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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 »

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Aam Admi Party & The Battle Of Perception

When the Indian oral hygiene products company Balsara launched its Promise toothpaste in 1978, it had to contend with entrenched multinational brands like Colgate. In those days, multinational companies had an aura and it was difficult for Indian companies to take them on. The aura is a certain perception in the mind of the consumer – that multinational companies offered better quality. Indian industry in its infancy, struggling to stay afloat might have willy-nilly contributed to the perception. But the issue is perception. Brands have to win the battle of perception to win in the market place. In order to gain a foothold in the competitive market, Balsara had to strategize its launch by offering a differential advantage. It positioned its brand as a toothpaste containing clove oil. In marketing parlance, this is known as claiming first mover advantage. However, industry watchers at the time pointed out that Promise was really not the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Politics

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

NYT partially corrects editorial blunders on Modi governance!

“Did New York Times pass off mishmash of local gossip as ‘editorial wisdom’? “Newspapers, as much as anyone else have a right to voice their opinions. But unlike ‘anyone else’ newspapers have a duty to propagate the truth and nothing but the truth. The duty sits heavier on newspapers with a hoary provenance, as the New York Times has. C. P Scott’s famous aphorism, ‘comment is free, but facts are sacred’ comes to mind. Therefore one looks askance if a newspaper like the NYT passes off mishmash of locally collected gossip as the combined wisdom of its Editorial Board. One uses the word gossip here advisedly, as the quality of information one collects locally depends on the ideological slant of the source. In other words, it depends not on what one gathers but who one talks to.” Those were the title … Read entire article »

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‘Nehruvian socialism’, a recipe copied from an imploded state?

Left-liberal historians who came to dominate the writing of history in India credited all that was positive in the post-independent India to Jawaharlal Nehru and his dynasty. Anything negative was attributed to Hindu fatalism. This was part of a larger scheme of things that fabricated the idea of a ‘composite culture’. The fabrication appealed to the rulers and naturally planted the left-liberal historians in their good books. It might be a question of intellectual integrity but it definitely got them positions and power. Knowing which side of the bread is buttered, does help! It was a left-liberal economist Raj Krishna, who coined the term, ‘Hindu rate of growth’. If he had a modicum of honesty he would have termed it ‘Nehruvian rate of growth’. For if on the credit side, … Read entire article »

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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