Articles Comments

Blog site of iVarta.com » Entries tagged with "Christianity"

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 »

Filed under: America, Christianity, Featured, Hinduism, World

My Congratulations To Wharton


So they got blindsided with this shrill Petition signed by 178 Professors led by Ania Joomba, Suvir Kaul and T. Ghose, threatening them with grave-sounding State Department bureaucratese from a 2005 SNAFU. They advised the students to be smart and let go on the rope a bit – and watch the Petition Gang tangle themselves in a heap. Shri Arvind Kejriwal, the new face of Indian politics that Wharton lined up at short notice, delivered the coup de grace with statesmanlike class[1]: “I am not a supporter of Mr Modi. In fact, I don’t agree with him on many things and have publicly opposed him on many occasions. However, I would like to put on record my dismay at the cancellation of his invitation to speak at this forum. To … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, India, Media, NRI, Politics

Economies and Political Ideologies of Democratic vs Welfare States


The article focuses on economic impacts of the political ideologies used by Muslim welfare states and market economies of constitutional democratic capitalist nations. It suggests that recent actions of TTP (Tehrik-Taliban-Pakistan), TMQ (Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran headed by Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri or TQ), the army and political establishment may be contributing to internal destabilization of PK (Pakistan). The destabilization may be detrimental to on-going peace process in South Asia. The following topics are presented. Rocky Peace Process Youth in Welfare States Welfare States Economy and Institutions Dynamic and Static Political Ideologies References and notes: star (*) means see references and notes   Rocky Peace Process  The killing of Pakistan and India soldiers starting Jan 6, 2013 on both sides of LoC is fueling war hysteria in South Asia and making it harder for the peace process to remain on tracks. Politically … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, China, Christianity, Economy, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics

Analyzing Muslim Asymmetric Wars


 Following points are discussed: Introduction Evolution of Asymmetric Wars Statistical Islam Muslim Terrorism Conflicts in Middle East and South Asia Arab  Springs UN and Muslims Peace  on Earth References and notes    Introduction  Some Muslim nations as well as non-state actors (NSA) such as al Qaeda in many Arab lands and the Af-Pak region, Taliban of Pakistan and Hamas of Palestine, etc use terrorism to wage asymmetric wars hoping to resolve territorial disputes with militarily powerful neighbors. Al Qaeda, the most notorious organization was organized (1988-89) by Osama bin Laden, a billionaire Saudi Arab. Al Qaeda is a globally diffused Muslim terrorist organization engaged in asymmetric wars to challenge the US and Muslim dictators aligned with the US. Osama was killed (2011) in a raid by a US special ops force in the garrison town of Abbotabad, Pakistan. The global arms of al Qaeda … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Christianity, India, Islam, Politics, World

Religion, Arts and Understanding Life


The following topics are considered: Introduction Religion and Politics Political Ideologues Numerous Dichotomies God and Justice The Force, Energy and God Scriptures and Psychology Arts References and notes: Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes. Introduction  Comparative religion, arts and science are tools for understanding life. Terrorism was examined from social and cultural angles in previous article. Second article on introduction to Understanding Life series of four articles discusses how religious dogma is exploited by political establishments. Life is dynamic and ever changing or evolving. Known is history, unknown is future and present is what counts. Understanding life challenges mind. Life revolves around belief systems, arts and material world. Tools for understanding life include comparative studies of religions, art and science. The tools define the various people groups – cultures and societies – across the world. Religions and Politics   We have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

Modern Science and Understanding Life


The following topics are discussed in the last of four articles. Introduction God Particle and South Asian Scientists Science and theologians Science and Quality of Life Outlook for Future Modern Science   References and notes: Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes. Introduction   First article – “Terrorism and Cultural Wars”* (#1) – of this four parts serie discussed how social and cultural upbringings can explain terrorism.  The second article – “Religion, Politics and Arts”* – presented aspects of religion used for political exploitation and comments on arts to history. For understanding life scientific knowledge of the universe is essential. The third article presented Pre-17th Century Sciences* For improvements in quality of life, the third article described reliance of modern men on expanding use of energy or power. The another article titled, “Tides of Ideas”* … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Islam, NRI, Vedic Knowledge

Pre-17th Century Sciences and Understanding Life


First article – “Terrorism and Cultural Wars”*  – of this four parts series discussed how social and cultural upbringings can explain terrorism.  The second article – and “Religion, Politics and Arts”* – presented aspects of religion used for political exploitation and arts. For understanding life scientific knowledge of the universe is essential. The following topics are discussed in this third article. Introduction Energy Ancient Vedic Science Pre-17th century Science Science References and notes:  Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes.   Introduction  Comparative religion, arts and science are tools for understanding life. An objective of four part series is to illustrate the central place of science in life. The relevance of science is to improve knowledge of material world for humanity. Another two part series – Tides of Ideas* (#3) and the Golden … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, India, Islam, Politics, Vedic Knowledge

Terrorism, Cultural Wars and Understanding Life


This is first of a four parts series on Understanding Life The following topics are covered:   Introduction Cultural  Wars References and notes Star (*) followed by a bracketed number (#1, etc) identifies applicable specific reference and notes.   Introduction   Comparative religion, arts and science are tools for understanding life. Terrorism is examined from social and cultural angles. Some references and introductions to contribution of ancient Vedic people and scientists of Indian origin are identified in the second article of this series. The third and fourth articles of the series introduce accomplishments of the pre-17th century sciences and modern science, respectively. Identifying relevance of science in improving knowledge for humanity through religions, arts and science is a comprehensive subject; this series is an introduction to it. Domestic terrorism* (#1) is being blamed on two recent (August 2012) crimes by hate mongers in the US. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christianity, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, World

Tides of Ideas


Note: The article is follow up to “Golden age of Muslims by Saeed Mirza” 0716 2012. Following topics are discussed: Inclusivist  Progressives vs Exclusivist Orthodoxy Historical background and Tides of Ideas Proselytizers and Loss of Scholarship Cultural Wars Modern Science and Humanity Hope and Future References and  notes    Inclusivist Progressives vs Exclusivist Retrogressive Orthodoxy  Successes and failures run in cycles depending on the maturity of political, social, cultural and economic institutions. The inclusivity accelerates human progress and retrogressive orthodoxy divides people and inhibits scholarship. The Muslim golden age was followed for 600+ years by a retrogressive political ideology by establishments of Muslim orthodoxy. Muslim dictators helped by orthodoxy of Arab tribal customs adopted discriminatory policies against women and non-Islamic followers to deny human rights, equal opportunities and equal justice in occupied lands. In such environment of exclusivity free flow of … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Islam, Pakistan, Politics

Golden age of Muslims by Saeed Mirza


I appreciated an introduction to the life of three young Pakistani women in theUS by a US based Pakistani free lance journalist (#1) (#1, etc means see references and notes). The brief stories the journalist narrated invoked many thoughts. I started with my belief that if we take away the bondage placed on women and the Miskeen (#2) by nations there is hope not only for women every where but also for humanity. In this two parts researched series first I will review Saeed Mirza’s book (#3) and then present in next part additional research that offers clues to Tides of Ideas that have benefited humanity as scholars from all across globe for 3,500+ years have continued to make progress in scientific knowledge. The second part will present my observations to explain factors that were necessary for the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, India, Islam, Vedic Knowledge