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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

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

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 »

Filed under: America, India, Media, Politics

‘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 »

Filed under: India, Politics

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

Congress, Dirty Minds and Hangdogs

As the story goes, an anatomy professor once asked his class to ‘name the part of the human anatomy that can expand to eight times its normal size’. A student in the first row blushed and protested at such a question being asked in a mixed class. The professor reprimanded the student for not properly studying anatomy lessons. He added that the student not only had a dirty mind but was going to be terribly disappointed in life. He explained, ‘the part of the human anatomy that expands to eight times its normal size’ was not what the student assumed but the eye ball. A parenthetical note: whether this is a true or an apocryphal anecdote, there is no insensitivity about asking such questions in medical schools as students of both … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Media, Politics

Formation of Telangana, Claims & Counterclaims

The principal bone of contention between the protagonists of the division of Andhra Pradesh and the votaries of a united state is unarguably Hyderabad. For the people of Seema-Andhra, Hyderabad city as it stands today is the fruit of the combined efforts of the people of all regions over a period of sixty years. They have therefore an emotional attachment to it and are quite appropriately chagrined when asked to give it all up and walk away. The protagonists of Telangana however argue that the city already had educational institutions, hospitals and infrastructure facilities for housing various administrative offices of the government even at the time of the formation of the state in 1956. By implication they wish to state that the role of the Seema-Andhra people in the development of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Politics

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

Reviving Dharma – Part 1 – The Burning of Daughter?

Nithin Sridhar The News report: The defense lawyer in the Delhi’s Jyoti Gang Rape case says- “Why don’t people first control their daughters? I’d burn my daughter alive if she was having pre-marital sex,roaming around with her boyfriend at night”. Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/feature/why-dont-people-first-control-their-daughters-defence-lawyer-ap-singh-1305215.html ________________ My Comments: Every time, any issue regarding women comes into picture, these so called proponents of culture and tradition ask for ‘controlling daughters/sisters/wives’ etc. My question to these people is-What culture are these people talking about? This is not Hindu culture, this is not Sanatana Dharma. The most basic tenets of Dharma prescribed in scriptures is Ahimsa- Non-Violence. Ahimsa is not just non-violence but also forbearance/titaksha. One must practice Ahimsa at the level of body,mind and speech. A person, should not only not hurt others physically for his selfish or other motives rooted in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

Who will remove the garbage on the road to the Ashram?

Who will remove the garbage on the road to the ashram? 2014-Mission of the Hindu Gurus MISSION OF THE GURUS IN FIVE PARTS INFORM THE GURUS This is a non parochial-analysis of the Hindu leadership; the Gurus, and the organizations that they founded, based on ancient Hindu values that form the last citadel of Hindu leadership, as most others have either failed or vanished. In these troubled times, we are trying to define the role of Hindu leadership, and the role of Hindu Gurus. Hindus who form even now form majority of the Indian Population are not willfully neglected but ignored as they do not form a vote bank, and hence do not affect the election fortunes of the political animal and hence not noticed by the Selfish Hindu politician. This is a vicious cycle … Read entire article »

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