“Shakespeare or Kalidasa, Who is Greater?” A Slave-mentality Indian Would Chant, “Shakshpeare”!

By: Kalavai Venkat

I had recently mocked Rahul Gandhi (Joe Nehru Jr.) in a recent post where I had sarcastically used the phrase ‘Ode to a female anopheles mosquito.’

An FB friend wrote me, “I am surprised that you’ve mocked the immortal poetry of Keats. Can we please not bring those greats down in our zeal to mock Rahul Gandhi?”

“Who are, in your opinion, the other immortal poets and literary greats besides Keats?” I asked.

He replied, quite enthusiastically, and without realizing I was laying a trap, “It is a long list but at the top of the list would be Yeats, Wordsworth, Milton, Shakespeare, Shelley, and Dickens.”

I replied, “Did you notice that a Kalidasa, Kambar, Valimiki, Andal, Bharati, Tiruvalluvar, Kabir, or Tulsidas didn’t figure in your list of immortals? If I had asked an American or Englishman the same question, they wouldn’t have rushed to list Indian, Japanese, Persian, or Chinese poets and literary masters in the list of all time greats. Instead, their lists would be filled with celebrities from their own cultures. They may only add a few Latin and Greek writers from a bygone era to the list only because the West self-identifies as a descendant of the Hellene culture.

However, the moment you ask an Indian, he or she is too eager to list the white greats! This behavior is not the result of India lacking genuinely great poets and literary masters. It is the result of colonial conditioning where the default landscape has to be whitewashed and held up as the gold standard. Mental slavery is quite powerful. Since Indians were mentally enslaved by the whites during the colonial era, and haven’t yet overcome that conditioning, they go about enthusiastically repeating the western propaganda.”

My FB friend asked, “Interesting! Who do you consider all time greats?”

I replied, “I have a long list. However, a mediocre Shelley or Shakespeare wouldn’t figure in it. There is nothing in English literature which matches the depths of the range of emotions or heights of the aesthetics of expressions which one finds in Malavikagnimitram , Vikramorvasiyam, Silappadikaram, or Manimekhalai. Shakespeare wouldn’t be able to hold a candle to Bhavabhuti. Shelly or Milton are simply no match to a Bharati or even a Kannadasan or Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.”

“Wait, wait,” my FB friend protested: “May I know the objective criteria by which you rank these Indians so high and coolly dismiss the English greats?”

“Well, well,” I replied: “I will provide my criteria as soon as you provide yours for rating those westerners high! You were just lazily repeating the soundbites manufactured by western propagandists. Objective criteria didn’t matter to you then. It only matters when I supplant those individuals with Indian names!”

Under colonial rule and in Nehruvian India, it was fashionable to quote Shakespeare or Shelley from memory. It was supposed to be an advertisement of how refined one was. Guess what? It is time to replace refined and bleached white sugar with homegrown honey!

Love Jihad Case – Supreme Court Orders NIA to Investigate!

By: Parmanand Pandey, Advocate Supreme Court

‘Love Jihad’ has nothing to do with interfaith marriages. It is, in fact, conversion of young girls to Islam by Muslim boys by feigning love. It is going on for nearly more than a decade in Kerala and from there it has spread its tentacles to other parts of the country. It is not only Hindu girls, who have been lured by Muslim boys the girls of other communities have been enticed to embrace Islam. The first petition against Love Jihad was filed in the Kerala High Court by the Catholic Bishop Council. Concerns have been raised by Hindu, Sikhs and Christian organisations. Now Love Jihad is no longer confined to India but being vigorously implemented in Pakistan, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and many other countries. What is most disturbing is that many Hindu girls are not only converted to Islam but they are sent to other countries to be trained for terrorist activities. On 25th of June 2014 ,the then Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy had stated on the floor of the Assembly that more than 2667 young women were converted to Islam in the state since 2006. The actual figure is more than 35000.

There is motive behind Love Jihad and the deception by the Muslim youth is the necessary ingredient of it. Take the example of national shooter Tara Shahdeo. She was deceived by one Raqibul Hasan Khan, who posed himself a Hindu Ranjit Kumar Kohli and married with her in 2004. He got married according Hindu rites and rituals but immediately after marriage when he started pressurising her to convert to Islam then the conspiracy got unfolded.

Although religious and social organisations have been sounding alarms all over the country but when the Kerala High Court found solid proofs of hidden agenda of Love Jihad, then the country woke up to reality. The High Court annulled a marriage of a converted Hindu woman Akhila alias Hadia to a Muslim man Shafeen Jahan in May 2017 on the ground that the girl has been duped and compelled to marry the person in question.

This issue assumed huge significance when the Hon’ble Supreme Court smelled foul role of the extremist groups in Love Jihad and therefore directed for the investigation into the whole affair to unearth the truth. What is most shocking is that vested interests are making hue and cry over the decision of the Supreme Court for conducting enquiry. This shows there is something more than meets the eyes.

Let us see what led the Supreme Court to order for the probe by the NIA and, that too, under the supervision of an illustrious retired judge of the Supreme Court Justice R.V. Raveendran.

The case history

Born to Hindu parents in Vaikkom in Kottayam district, Akhila joined a college in Salem to pursue Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery. She is the only child of Ashokan and Smt Ponnamma. At present she is 24 year old. On 6 January 2016; Akhila went missing from a house in Selam, where she was staying with her friends Faseena and Jaseena.  Akhila’s parents filed a police complaint alleging that her friends Faseena and Jaseena, and their father Aboobacker, had taken Akhila away. A case was registered against Aboobacker. The family filed the police complaint after they were informed that Akhila went to her college on January 6, dressed in a hijab. However, despite the police case, Akhila could not be traced. 

Following this, Akhila’s father Ashokan filed a habeas corpus petition at the Kerala High Court. Akhila appeared before the court on January 19, and told the court about the circumstances under which she left her home and parents. Akhila – who now claimed to have converted to Islam and taken the name Hadiya – told the court that she was “impressed” by her friends’ “timely prayers and good character” and was taken in by Islam after reading Islamic books and watching videos on the internet. She told the court that she had been following Islam for three years, without formally announcing the change of faith. She told the court that she had left her home on January 2, 2016, because her father had seen her pray the Islamic way and had warned her against doing so. Akhila then went straight to Jaseena’s and Faseena’s house in Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district. 

Their father Aboobacker took her to a religious institution named KIM, where she was refused admission. Akhila was then taken to the Therbiathul Islam Sabha, an Islamic study centre, in Kozhikode. She was admitted as an ‘external candidate’ after being asked to file an affidavit that she was accepting Islam on her own accord. This meant that Akhila has to stay at Aboobacker’s house and attend the study centre.  According to Akhila, soon after, Aboobacker refused to keep her at his residence and approached a third institution named Sathya Sarani, an educational institution and conversion centre in Manjeri, Malappuram. Sathya Sarani sent Sainaba, a social worker, to meet Akhila. From January 7, Akhila started staying with Sainaba. 

Akhila’s father alleged that Sathya Sarani was involved in several illegal and forced conversions. But on January 25, the Kerala High Court dismissed the habeas corpus petition, after finding that Akhila was not in illegal confinement. Judges CK Abdul Rehim and Shaji P Chaly said, “The original petition is hereby disposed of by recording the fact that the alleged detenue is staying in the above said institution on her own free will. It will be left open to the petitioner and her family members to make visit to her at the above institution, subject to regulations if any regarding visiting time.”

The second petition   

Six months after the Kerala High Court had dismissed Ashokan’s habeas corpus petition, the 58-year-old father of Akhila filed another petition. This time, he alleged that efforts were being made to transport his daughter Akhila out of the country and to get her hurriedly married off to a Muslim man. The second petition was filed on August 17, 2016. The court passed an interim order stating that Akhila should be kept under surveillance to ensure that she was not taken out of the country. After this interim order was passed, the police found that Akhila had shifted from Sainaba’s house to an undisclosed location. Meanwhile, Akhila and Sainaba approached the court and asked for their case to be taken up soon.

When the case was heard, Akhila told the court that Sainaba was her guardian and that she did not want to go back to her parents. The court sent her to a hostel in Ernakulam after her father expressed concerns over her safety. When the court interacted with Akhila in person in the month of September, she told the court that she was being lodged in the hostel for no fault of hers and that she should be allowed to reside in a place of her choice. She told the court that she does not possess a passport, and her lawyer argued that there was no possibility of her being taken to Syria. The court sent Akhila with Sainaba, and asked them to inform the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Perinthalmanna if Akhila was shifting to another place again.

In November, the court expressed concern over Akhila continuing to live with Sainaba and sought their source of income. Akhila said that as a doctor trainee, she was earning a monthly income of Rs 2,000 to sustain herself. However, the court noted that she had not completed her House Surgeon and therefore she was not eligible to practice. In the next hearing on December 19, the court asked her to complete her course and shift to the college hostel. Akhila agreed to the court’s condition. Akhila’s father was asked to appear before the court on December 21 with her certificates so that Akhila could resume her studies. What happened next was very intriguing and this angered the court.

The ‘stranger’ and the ‘sudden marriage’

On December 21, Akhila appeared before the court accompanied by a stranger. Her counsel told the court that Akhila had married a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan, on December 19 according to Muslim laws. The court was not convinced and questioned why the court had been kept in the dark regarding the marriage. The court observed that the marriage took place on December 19, on the same day the court had heard the case. The court also raised several doubts regarding the manner in which the wedding was held. The judges were livid with what had happened.

According to Akhila’s counsel, the wedding happened at the house of Sainaba in the presence of relatives and was solemnized by the qazi of Puthoor Juma Masjid. ‘The question that now crops up is whether the marriage that has been allegedly performed is not a device to transport her out of the country. We are not aware of the identity of the person who is said to have married her, nor his antecedents,’ the court said.

Judges K Surendra Mohan and Abraham Mathew asked the following questions: (1) In what manner had Shafin come into contact with Akhila? (2) Under what circumstances had she agreed to marry him? (3) Why was the marriage conducted at Sainaba’s house? (4) Which is the organisation that issued a certificate of the marriage? Is it registered? (5) Why were Akhila’s parents not informed about the marriage? The Government pleader submitted that Sainaba was involved in another case of forced conversion and in that case too, the convert woman had married a Muslim man to avoid any interference from the court. “As per the Indian tradition, the custody of an unmarried daughter is with her parents, until she is properly married off,” the court observed. 

The court said that it was dissatisfied with the manner in which the marriage was conducted and sent Akhila to SNV Sadanam, a ladies’ hostel in Ernakulam, ordering that she shall have no access to mobile phones.

Shafin Jahan, the stranger turned husband

After the information about Akhila’s marriage to Shafin came to light, the court asked the Deputy SP of Perinthalmanna to submit a report on Shafin. Shafin Jahan turned out to be an active member of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI). A native of Kollam, the college graduate said he wanted to take Akhila to the Gulf, where his mother lives. In January 2017, the police told the High Court that Shafin had links with Sathya Sarani and that he was an accused in a criminal case. He was also part of a WhatsApp group called ‘Thanal’ run by the core committee of SDPI Kerala, the police said.

“Mansy Buraqui who was arrested by the National Investigating Agency at Kanakamala on 2.10.2016 on the allegation that he had connection with the extremist organization, Islamic State (IS), was also a member of SDPI Keralam and Thanal. Though it is stated that he had later been removed, the fact remains that Sri Shafin Jahan had association with him. He is also accused in a criminal case,” police told the court. The Government Pleader submitted that although Shafin was an active user of Facebook, disclosing every minor detail of his daily life, he hadn’t shared anything about his marriage to Akhila. It was only on January 10, when a Malayalam daily reported on the case, that he shared it on Facebook. 

Court unconvinced

On May 24, 2017, the same bench of the Kerala High Court that had in March 2017 allowed Akhila to lead the life of her choice, called her wedding a sham. Handing out an order, the court said, Shefin Jahan is one such person who has been assigned to play the role of going through a sham of a marriage with Ms. Akhila, with the object of transporting her out of India. According to the learned counsel, it was with the said objective that the entire sequence of events had been planned and executed. The marriage was conducted in a hasty manner with the object of overreaching the jurisdiction of this Court. The court concluded that Shafin was “only a stooge who has been assigned to play the role of going through a marriage ceremony.” 

The court was unconvinced about many elements in the story. It said that the case was not about “a girl falling in love with a boy of a different religion and wanting to get married to him.”   “In the first place, it is not normal for a young girl in her early 20s, pursuing a professional course, to abandon her studies and to set out in pursuit of learning an alien faith and religion. The normal youth is indifferent towards religion and religious studies. Though the possibility of genuine interest in the study of religion on the part of any person cannot be ruled out, such inclination is in the first place out of the ordinary. Though the alleged detenue in this case is stated to have set out to study Islam, her study has been confined to merely attending a course of two months duration conducted by Sathya Sarani. She does not appear to have conducted any study thereafter,” the court observed. 

“Are there any radical organizations involved, are questions that plague an inquisitive mind. But sadly, there are no answers available in this case,” the court said. Calling the young woman, ‘weak and vulnerable’, the court said that she had no clear plans for her life or future and said that there was an organized racket behind the conversion. The court, in what has stunned legal experts and jurists, nullified the marriage, and sent Akhila back to the custody of her parents.

Two months after the Kerala HC nullified their marriage, Shafin approached the Supreme Court with a special leave petition against the HC order. Hearing the case, the apex court took note of the observations of the HC that there were radical groups influencing and converting young girls. Shafin came packing heavy legal fire powers at the Supreme Court – Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaisingh was representing him.

While Sibal argued that Hadiya was not a child, the court asked whether she knew Shafin, the man she got married to. Sibal maintained that their marriage was an arranged one which happened through a matrimonial site. After asking the Kerala government to produce all the documents related to the case, the SC on August 16 ordered an NIA probe into the incident. The next hearing of the case will be fixed as soon as the NIA submits its report.

Family fights on as the debate rages on

Thousands of kilometers away in their home in Kottayam, Ashokan hopes that the apex court gives a favourable judgement in the case. “We shall accept whatever the court says. What else can we do?” he asks. But even as the family puts on a fight, the legal proceedings in the matter have sparked off a public debate. The HC order was, however, met with stiff opposition from Muslim groups in the state, with the Muslim Ekopana Samithi even calling for a hartal in Ernakulam against the HC’s verdict.

It is reported that Akhila’s mind has been influenced and brainwashed so much that now she is trying to convert her mother too. The mother told me that Akhila was questioning them on why the family didn’t have any progress despite her mother faithfully praying to the Hindu Gods. She told her mother then she must also embrace Islam so that her mother can go to heaven and not to hell, like non-Muslims. Advocate C Rajendran, who represented Akhila’s parents at the Kerala HC, says that the marriage was purely an interference with the administration of justice. He says that the Kerala High Court had posted the case for December 21 and then Akhila appeared with a stranger and claimed that she was married to him. It proved that Sathya Sarani and Sainaba didn’t want to leave her custody and orchestrated a marriage. It means that there is an organization behind the whole thing,” he says.

The case is not just about the marriage. “I understand that Akhila was produced before the court after her family filed a habeas corpus and the court had let her choose her life. In such a context, the court is her guardian. So, she is supposed to inform the court if she is getting married, but she failed to do so. The Court saw is the conspiracy in the whole affair and dissolved the marriage. What further seems to have convinced Akhila’s parents and her supporters is that this is not the first such case.

“There are so many similar cases, like the case of Thiruvananthapuram-native Nimisha. The court had dismissed the habeas corpus filed by her mother and later she went to Afghanistan to join ISIS. In Akhila’s case, this was the second time her father approached the court. The case is not about her individual rights or freedom of choice. Like the court observed, she did not fall in love with a man from different religion and leave her family. She converted and then while the case was going on, got married to a total stranger, Rajendran says. “This is about radicalisation. She, like Nimisha, has been brainwashed with the stories of horrors of hell and lured into converting with the promise of heaven.”

Hopefully, the truth will come out in the investigation by the NIA and the conspirators will get exposed for the good of the country. Let us keep our fingers crossed.

(Author’s email: parmanand.pandey@gmail.com )

“सत्ता उपभोग का साधन नहीं है” – प्रधानमन्त्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी

श्रीपाल सिंह

प्रधानमन्त्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने दिनांक सितम्बर 25, 2017 को  भारतीय जनता पार्टी की कार्यकारिणी सभा में अपने समापन भाषण में एक बड़ी ही गंभीर बात कही है।  भारत की आम जनता – और उससे भी ज्यादा भारत की राजनैतिक पार्टियां – यदि इस गंभीर बात का अर्थ और उसका महत्व समझ लें तो भारत की काया पलट हो सकती है और भारत को दुनिया की सर्वप्रथम महा-शक्ति बनने से कोई भी नहीं रोक पायेगा। यह महाशक्ति बनने का भारत का प्रयास कोई भारतीय “राष्ट्र भक्ति ” की बात नहीं है। यह मानवजाति की भलाई के लिए और उसके के प्रति एक दायित्व का बोध है, एक जिम्मेदारी का सवाल है।  यह कोई राष्ट्रीय अहंकार का भी प्रदर्शन नहीं है।

प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने कहा कि “कांग्रेस के लिए सत्ता उपभोग का साधन था और इसीलिए वह यह नहीं समझ पा रही है कि विपक्ष की भूमिका क्या है।  आलोचना के लिए कोई मुददा न हो तो कठोर शब्दों से उसकी भरपाई नहीं की जा सकती।”

“सत्ता एक उपभोग का साधन नहीं है”, यह बात सुनने के लिए हम – इंडियन पीपुल्स कांग्रेस के लोग – सन 1993 से इन्तजार कर रहे हैं; हम इन्तजार कर रहे हैं कि कोई बड़ा आदमी – मंत्री , प्रधानमन्त्री , राष्ट्रपति – भारत में आये और यह कहे कि सत्ता एक उपभोग का साधन नहीं है, कि सत्ता तो केवल एक साधन है किन्ही उच्च लक्ष्यों को प्राप्त करने का। बल्कि यह कहना भी गलत होगा कि केवल हम लोग ही इसका इन्तजार कर रहे हैं भारत के सभी लोग – जो सरल हृदय हैं, ईमानदार हैं, भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत चाहते हैं, सामाजिक शांति और सौहार्द चाहते हैं, आर्थिक न्याय चाहते हैं, एक सर्वव्यापी परम शक्ति या परमात्मा में विश्वास और श्रद्धा रखते हैं – इस बात का इन्तजार करते रहे हैं कि इस देश का नेतृत्व कभी तो यह समझे और स्वीकारे कि सत्ता उपभोग का जरिया मात्रा नहीं है बल्कि यह तो साधन मात्र है कुछ बेहतर – मानवजाति के लिए बेहतर – लक्ष्यों को हासिल करने का।

इसका क्या मतलब है कि सत्ता एक उपभोग की वस्तु नहीं है बल्कि एक साधन है?

हम यह उचित समझते हैं कि हम 1993 में इंडियन पीपुल्स कांग्रेस की पुस्तिका में छपे एक अंश  को यहाँ उद्धरत करें। यह अंश इस तरह है (अंत में लिंक भी दिया है):

“राजनीति का उद्देश्य बदलें : भारत में आज राजनीति एक दिशाविहीन और उद्देश्य रहित व्यवसाय है।  राजनीति में वे सभी लोग आते हैं जिनके सामने अपने जीवन का कोई उद्देश्य नहीं है।  ऐसे लोगों का अपना व्यक्तिगत आंतरिक जीवन भी अव्यवस्थित होता है।  ये नेता न तो किन्ही आंतरिक प्रेरणाओं को पूरा करने के लिए राजनीति में प्रवेश करते हैं और न ही इनके सामने समाज को और उससे भी बढ़ कर मानव जाति को किन्ही उच्च्तर लक्ष्यों की तरफ ले जाने का कोई कार्यक्रम होता है। आज के अधिकांश राजनीतिक नेता बहुत निम्न स्तर का जीवन जीते हैं।  उन्हें अपने मनोवैज्ञानिक भावों को विश्लेषण करने और उन भावों को सही दिशा में मोड़ देने का न तो समय होता है और न ही इच्छा होती है।  ऐसे में राजनीति एक बहुत घटिया स्तर का व्यवसाय और पाशविक प्रवृत्तियों को संतुष्ट करने का एक साधन मात्र बन कर रह गयी है।  क्योंकि राजनीति का सम्बन्ध सत्ता और शक्ति से होता है इसलिए निम्न मनोवृति के लोग राजनीति में इसलिए आते हैं कि वे धन, ऐश्वर्य और शक्ति को प्राप्त कर सकें।  इस तरह से भारत में आज चोर, डाकू और बदमाशों की मनोवृति रखने वाले लोगों के लिए राजनीति एक आदर्श व्यवसाय बन गयी है।”

“राजनीति एक गरिमा पूर्ण सेवा बन सकती है : लेकिन राजनीति एक व्यवसाय नहीं है।  राजनीति मानव समाज को नियन्त्रित करने का और उसे किन्ही आदर्शों की ओर ले जाने का सबसे ताकतवर यन्त्र है।  राजनीति और राजसत्ता ऐसे सामाजिक यन्त्र हैं जिनका भारतवासी आगामी विकास की मंजिल को हासिल करने में उपयोग कर सकते हैं।  यदि राजनीति को किन्ही उदात्त लक्ष्यों को हासिल करने का साधन बना लिया जाये तो राजनीति एक गौरवपूर्ण सेवा ही नहीं बल्कि उच्चतम कोटि के इंसानों का एक गरीमापूर्ण और साहसिक प्रयत्न बन सकती है।”

“आत्मिक रूप में जागृत व्यक्ति राजनीति में आएं : राजनीति को एक घिनोने व्यवसाय की श्रेणी से निकाल कर मानव विकास के एक यंत्र के रूप में स्थापित करने के लिए यह जरूरी है कि भारत में राजनीति में पूर्ण परिवर्तन लाया जाय।  राजनीति में ऐसे लोगों का पदार्पण होना चाहिए जो अपने अस्तित्व के विषय में आत्मिक रूप में सजग और सचेतन हों।  ऐसे लोगों को यह ज्ञान होना चाहिए कि मानव एक विकास करता हुआ प्राणी है।  उन्हें यह सत्य स्पष्ट रूप में मालूम होना चाहिए कि मानवजाति विकास के उच्चतर लक्ष्यों को प्राप्त करने की ओर बढ़ रही है।  राजनीति में आने वाले लोगों को आंतरिक रूप में सचेतन मनुष्य बनना चाहिए।  यदि ऐसे लोग यह जान लें कि मनुष्य के अंदर चेतना के भौतिक स्तर के अतिरिक्त प्राणिक , मानसिक  और आत्मिक स्तर भी होते हैं तो वे लोग अपनी भौतिक और प्राणिक मांगों को पूरा करने के लिए यानि धन , ऐश्वर्य , सत्ता को हासिल करने के लिए राजनीति में नहीं आएंगे।  भारत में आज इतनी गिरावट होने के बावजूद भी ऐसे आत्मसचेती लोग विद्यमान हैंऔर भारत को गन्दी राजनीति की दलदल से निकालने के लिए उन्हें आगे आना चाहिए।”

“अगली मंजिल – ऊंची चेतना के लोगों का समाज : पृथ्वी पर जीवन के उद्भव और उसके बाद कीड़े – मकौड़ों से लेकर पशु तक और पशुओं से लेकर इंसान तक की एक बहुत ही मनोरम गाथा है।  यह जीवन की एक कूच यात्रा के समान है।  जीवन का विकास इंसान पर पहुँच कर रुक नहीं गया है।  वह आगे भी जारी रहेगा।  जिस तरह से इंसान के पास एक तार्किक बुद्धि है जोकि पशु के पास नहीं है उसी तरह से मानव से अगली जाति के पास एक ऐसी बेहतर क्षमता होगी जो इंसान के पास नहीं है।  उस क्षमता को कोई नाम देना व्यर्थ है क्योंकि अधिकांश लोग उस क्षमता के बारे में कल्पना नहीं कर सकते।  ऐसा नहीं है कि अभी तक वह क्षमता किसी इंसान ने हासिल न की हो।  मानव इतिहास में बहुत से व्यक्तियों ने वह क्षमता हासिल की है।  ईसामसीह , महात्मा बुद्ध , श्री कृष्णा , निजामुद्दीन औलिया , मीरा बाई, फरीद-उद्दीन गंजसक्कर  , रामकृष्ण परंमहंस , विवेकानंद , श्री अरविन्द आदि बहुत सारे व्यक्तियों ने उस बेहतर क्षमता को प्राप्त किया है।  लेकिन फिर भी अधिकांश मानव जाति उस क्षमता से अनभिज्ञ है।  इसके बावजूद भी मानव जाति जाने अनजाने में उसी बेहतर क्षमता को प्राप्त करने के लक्ष्य की ओर अग्रसर है।”

(वह लिंक जहाँ यह अंश छपा है):


Talaq-e-biddat Goes but Dehumanizing Halala Still Remains!

By: Parmanand Pandey, advocate Supreme Court

 The obnoxious practice of triple Talaq, which has spoiled the lives of thousands of Muslim women across the country has now been outlawed by the Supreme Court of India. Muslim men have been divorcing women with gay abandon by saying talaq three times in one go, sometimes under the influence of alcohol and sometimes in anger and many times for trivial reasons.

It is surprising that triple Talaq had been continuing for long in a secular country like India while dozens of Muslim countries have already banned it. Therefore, banning of triple Talaq or Talaq-e-biddat through Supreme Court judgment in ‘Shayara Bano vs Union of India and others’ has come as a huge relief to millions of Muslim women.

Although marriage is a contract under Islamic law yet the right to divorce is available only to men. There are three types of Talaq: Talaq-e-ahsanTalaq-e- hasan and Talaq-e-biddat. ‘Khula’ is an annulment of marriage at the instance of wife but then that is no Talaq because it has to be approved by the husband. Divorce by mutual consent is called ‘Mubaraat’ which is almost impossible because the women cannot stand on the same pedestal as men. Talaq-e-biddat permits a male spouse an unqualified right to severe matrimonial tie. It can be exercised without the disclosure of any reason, and in fact, even in the absence of reasons.

The facts in brief are that one Shayara Bano of Allahabad approached the Supreme Court assailing the divorce pronounced by her husband Rizwan Ahmad on 10th October 2015 which shattered all the dreams of Shayara Bano and her two teenaged children- Mohammad Irfan (15) and Umairo Naaz (13). The Supreme Court has ruled said that Talaq-e-biddat should not be confused with the profession, practice and propagation of Islam as it is not sacrosanct to the profession of the Muslim religion. This is practiced only by Sunnis and not by any other sect of Islam. Thus Talaq-e biddat flies in the face of Article 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution of India.

The principle of constitutional morality basically means to bow down to the norms of the Constitution and not to act in a manner which would become violative of the rule of law or reflective of action in an arbitrary manner. It actually works at the fulcrum and guides as a laser beam in institution building. The Constitution seeks to establish secular, socialist democratic republic in which every citizen has equality of status and of opportunity, to promote among the people dignity of the individual, unity and integrity of the nation transcending them from caste, sectional, religious barriers fostering fraternity among them. The emphasis, therefore, is on a citizen to improve excellence and equal status and dignity of person.

Social legislation is not a document for fastidious dialects but means of ordering the life of the people. To construe law, one must enter into its spirit, its setting and history. Law should be capable to expand freedom of the people and the legal order can weigh with utmost equal care to provide the underpinning of the highly inequitable social order. Judicial review must be exercised with insight into social values to supplement the changing social needs. The existing social inequalities or imbalances are required to be removed readjusting the social order through rule of law.

Various Hindu practices which were not in tune with the times, had been done away with, in the interest of promoting equality and fraternity. The Constitution through its Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles created secular State based on the principle of equality and non-discrimination striking a balance between the rights of the individuals and the duty and commitment of the State to establish an egalitarian social order. Human rights are derived from the dignity inherent in the human person. Democracy, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and have mutual reinforcement. The human rights for women, including girl child are, therefore, inalienable, integral and an indivisible part of their personality. The full development of personality and fundamental freedoms and equal participation by women in political, social, economic and cultural life are concomitants for national development, social and family stability and growth – cultural, social and economic. All forms of discrimination on grounds of gender is violative of fundamental freedoms and human rights.

Even the minority judgement delivered by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer said that triple Talaq was not protected by Article 25 of the Constitution which gave freedom to practice rituals and ceremonies etc. Nevertheless, instead of straightway declaring the triple talaq as void as done by other three judges, they exercised the powers under Article 142 of the Constitution for issuing directions to the Government of India for appropriate legislation particularly with Talaq-e-biddat.

Justice Kurian in his separate but concurring with the banning of Talaq-e-biddat said ‘it is necessary to consider whether it is Quranically wrong or right and another simple question that needs to be answered is whether triple talaq has any legal sanctity. This issue has already been settled by the Supreme Court in ‘Shamim Ara v. State of UP and Another’ that triple talaq lacks legal sanctity. Therefore, Shamim Ara continues to be the law that is applicable in India’.

The most important part of the judgement was delivered by the Justice R.F. Nariman, who also authored on behalf of Justice U.U. Lalit. He disagreed with the Chief Justice and said that “Triple Talaq is an anachronism in today’s time and age and, constitutionally speaking, is anathema. Gender discrimination is put at the forefront of the argument, and it is stated that even though Triple Talaq may be sanctioned by the Shariat law as applicable to Sunni Muslims in India, it is violative of Muslim women’s fundamental rights to be found, more particularly, in Articles 14, 15(1) and 21 of the Constitution of India.” Quoting a host of the judgments of the Supreme Court the Learned judges said that ‘the test of manifest arbitrariness, would apply to invalidate this obnoxious practice of triple Talaq under Article 14. Such legislation would be manifestly arbitrary. We are, therefore, of the view that arbitrariness as pointed out by us would apply to negate legislation as well under Article 14’.

The correct law of talaq as ordained by the Holy Quran is that talaq must be for a reasonable cause and be preceded by attempts at reconciliation between the husband and the wife by two arbiters — one from the wife’s family and the other from the husband’s; if the attempts fail, talaq may be effected. Given the fact that Triple Talaq is instant and irrevocable, it is obvious that any attempt at reconciliation between the husband and wife by two arbiters from their families, which is essential to save the marital tie, cannot ever take place. It is, therefore, clear that this form of Talaq is manifestly arbitrary in the sense that the marital tie can be broken capriciously and whimsically by a Muslim man without any attempt at reconciliation so as to save it. This form of Talaq must, therefore, be held to be violative of the fundamental right and must be struck down as being void.

This judgment of the Supreme Court on triple Talaq, by all means, is a landmark one as it will unleash and empower the Muslim women.

There is, nevertheless, the need to ban the ‘halala’ which is a very ghastly practice that dehumanizes a woman as she has to go for another Nikah with a stranger to consummate the marriage, should her husband want to remarry with her in case of any reconciliation. How can one be insensitive to the trauma and pain of a woman when she undergoes halala? This issue will certainly come before the Court sooner or later.

Law of Pendulum – Prediction of Our Future

By: Shreepal Singh

Part One: The Law

Pendulum is the movement from extreme to extreme: extreme to extreme in the reverse direction. The end of one extreme is the starting point of another extreme in the reverse direction. This is the law of pendulum.

The law of pendulum is the law of frequency; it is the law of oscillation; it is the law of rhythm. We can describe its working principles thus:

  1. It is a cycle. Cycle is made possible by the interaction between energy and time. The defining property of energy is movement; the defining property of time is direction.
  2. This cycle has a movement and an arrow of direction.
  3. This cycle consumes a certain amount of time and this time is relative to the kind or type of the subject matter of the cycle concerned.
  4. This cycle contains a definite amount of energy making the movement of cycle possible.
  5. In the work of completing one cycle of the pendulum, the potential energy is transformed into the kinetic energy, which appears to us as a movement.
  6. The available amount of energy being at work in a cycle is at the maximum at its starting point.
  7. The available amount of energy being at work in a cycle is at the minimum at its closing point.
  8. At the point of the reversal of its direction, the energy contained in a cycle is zero, when its total energy is at work to reverse the cycle’s direction.
  9. This reversal of direction is also done in cycles. Every entity in universe – including life – is only a cycle and, in this universe, there is layered hierarchy of infinite cycles.
  10. On completing the reversal of the direction of a cycle, its total energy is again available to work up the new cycle.

Part Two: Application (to Living World)

There seems to be no exception to this phenomenon. It is working everywhere, living and non-living worlds both. The examples of living world are very interesting . We commence a work and end up when tired, and after rest work again; we wake up, go to sleep, and wake up again. All living beings on Earth originate with their birth and die with their death; and then, their offspring commence a new cycle with their birth and end it with their death. All living beings rise and go to sleep; and again rise. They consume food – or get intake of energy – and finish it with excretion, and they exhaust after utilizing this energy; and again consume food. We feel hungry and get our fill to the brim – after which we cannot intake anymore; after utilizing our fill, we again feel hungry. We sleep to the full content of our heart – and after that we cannot sleep any longer; on waking, we work to our full capacity – and beyond that we cannot work; and again, we need to go to sleep. There is a pair of two opposite extremes: hate and love; happiness and pain; friendship and enmity; life and death; discontent and satisfaction. We find everywhere two opposite extremes and their repetition in cycles.

Part Three: Application (to Universe)

It is so in the outer space.  We know galaxies – with their stars and planets – are formed and end up in their death; and again are formed. It is so with the phenomena on earth, be it climate, life, humans or society.  Potential energy is transformed into kinetic energy; and again transformed into potential. Law of conservation of energy is nothing but a series of cycles of transformation of one kind of energy into another kind of energy; or the transformation of one kind of physical entity into another kind of physical entity; or the transformation of (the mass of) matter into energy and vice versa. You cannot “destroy” anything but can only transform it from one form to another; and the meaning of this statement is: This universe is filled with “Matter” – and it is equally correct to say that – This universe is filled with “Energy”. In the present universal time, this amount of “Matter” or “Energy” is constantly being transformed from one form to another in hierarchical cycles at infinite layers.

Part Four: Application (from ‘Our Past’ to ‘Our Present’)

We have records of our history and we can bank upon those facts to find out what had happened and, by applying this law of pendulum, to find out what is going to happen in future. Wow, what a convenient and useful tool!

We can look at the data of our past and use this tool to have a glimpse of what is going to happen to us in future.

We took long – very long – amount of time to send our message from one person to another person at distant place. Today we can send our messages almost instantly.

From that starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

We were very much limited in our capabilities when we had started our evolutionary journey from cave-dwelling. Today we know that our world and all things in this world are nothing but a particular arrangement of molecules; or still better atoms; or still better elementary sub-atomic particles; or still better a definite quanta of energy. We can fabricate things to our liking; still better our computer can fabricate them to our wish; or still better we can leave this job to be done for us to Artificial Intelligence. Here also – in respect of our capabilities – we have traveled from one end of the pendulum to the other end.

From this starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

In Stone Age humans used stone tools that needed human-hands to work them. Today we use robots, which work on their own without any need of human-hands.

From this starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

In Stone Age we humans were products of Nature – in biological sense and material conditions in which we then lived – and today we can fabricate ourselves biologically and can engineer material conditions around us artificially.

From this starting point – one end of the pendulum – we have reached today to the other extreme of the pendulum, the end point of one swing of this phenomenon.

In fact, this is the other extreme of the pendulum of human evolution; this is the end of one swing of the pendulum, say from the stage of our transition from animals to humans to the present stage where we are almost ready to move from humans to super-humans.

Let us get ready for the reverse swing – the starting point in the reverse direction – of this pendulum.

On the basis of this universal pendulum phenomenon, we can make prediction about the things to come in future. Let us make these predictions.

Part Five: Application (Predicting Our Future)

These predictions are made on the basis of certain assumptions, which may be found correct or incorrect on the facts they assume, and depending upon the correctness of those facts such predictions may be right or wrong. The first of these predictions, given herein below, is based on the facts that are already existing in our world today and this one – the first prediction – is certain in its likelihood. Predictions from number two to the last one, are made on certain assumptions. What are these assumptions? These assumptions are: 1) that there is TRUTH in what the spiritual wisdom proclaims; 2) that there are worlds in existence that are not material – like our own – but (are) subtle in their makeup, which are accessible only to individuals who are spiritually highly developed; and 3) that the capacity of one to have access to those worlds gives him or her unimaginable powers as narrated in spiritual wisdom. Thus these predictions are subject to the factual truth of these assumptions and indicate the things likely to happen. Here we go.

The First Prediction:

Notwithstanding the glitter and utility of having instant information of this world – and information of your choice – humans shall turn introvert, shunning the available facilities.

The Second Prediction:

Humans shall put their entire efforts to regain their personal – that is, psychological – equilibrium even at the cost of disordering their material – outside – world. In making this effort, all exclusive religions will wither away and an inclusive spirituality shall engulf humanity.

The Third Prediction:

This universal spirituality of humanity shall open the secret gates of mysticism; and coupled with the uncovering of these secret domains, unimaginable concomitant powers will be made available to more and more ordinary people, which will make our modern advanced scientific device look nothing more than mere toys.

The fourth Prediction:

On the strength of acquisition of these unimaginable powers founded on the discovery of hitherto secret laws of Nature, the channel of communication will be established with the aliens existing in our very midst.

The Fifth Prediction:

All this will debut a new age on earth – the age of the race of empowered and enlightened humans (humans or super-humans!). This swing of pendulum in the reverse direction will take our progeny to new heights of unthinkable capabilities.

These are the glimpses of future – things likely to happen – predicted by this law of pendulum.

Part Six – For use in daily life:

You may use this law in your daily life and get the maximum joy in every mundane routine activities, for example:-

a. Do any activity to youenr full indulgence and energy; and, then do its reverse – opposite – activity. You will get more than usual enjoyment – satisfaction – in this reversed action.

b. Find out your personal frequency – your own point where you feel ‘enough is enough of this current activity’ – where the reverse cycle should start.

c. There are ripples within ripples of cyclic activities; and, in every cycle there, a different frequency is found to be normal or natural, which frequency is very personal, that is, it differs person to person.

d. Experiment yourself and verify its truth!  

(Note: This article was published on 13 June 2017 and updated on 25 September 2017)

Padmanabhaswamy Temple – A News

By: Madhuri Karandikar

I came across the following news and sharing it with all.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Christian church has been relocated to the soil of ancient Padmanabhasabha to destroy the ancient temples in the capital city. The project, known as Mar Sleeperam Project under the leadership of the Syro Malabar Church, is known to have the support of Operation Infinity and the support of the Municipality. The fateful attack on the Padmanabhaswamy temple is the first step towards the implementation of the Christian agenda. It is already clear that the operation is an end to the destruction of the temples in the capital and the destruction of Hindu civilization.
Operation Anantha is the driving force behind the temptation to temporarily stop temple temples from tempering to destroy the waste and floods in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Destroyed temples are not rebuilt; Renovation package is only for mosques. “If a little flowing in front of the temple, it will be chased by a gigantic shaft of the operation anantha. The Anantha team will not tolerate the temple shrine to disrupt the construction of the temple. But in front of the mosques, Ananda’s operation will break the break. These are the plays that make up the master plan of Mar Sleepurpur project prepared by Jacob Isha for the Syro Malabar Church. “
The master plan for the Mar Sleeve Plan was prepared in 2012. After discovering Nidheeskharam in the Padmanabhaswamy temple in 2011, The project was to construct a new township on 100 acres at a cost of Rs 1,136 crore. The project includes a school, multi-specialty hospital, 2,000 apartments, 200 villas, 2.50 lakh sq ft shopping mall, convention center and church.
A Christian base town instead of Ananthapuri. Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church Mar Joseph Perumthottam is the mastermind of the project. The aim was to set up the capital and take over the capital. The Hindu organizations have been protesting against the plight of Master Plan. Then the project was reworked. During the rehabilitation, Master Plan was prepared in the direction of Jacob Isha’s relative Sochiushummins Director. This resulted in the introduction of the Master Plan 2012, the waste management problem and the problem as a single agenda. Mar Sleeperam project came to the headquarters with the aim of catch the capsule of development.
The Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram has been leading the implementation of the project. The Mayor’s visit to the Vatican in November 2012 is also a source of mystery. The journey was related to this project. The Hindu organizations allege that the Mayor’s intention was to calculate that the Mar Sleeping Scheme for destroying the Hindu majority areas would be beneficial for them to destroy cultural heritage.
The project is known to be an agreement to be implemented through government. It is alleged that the main secretary of the party is the bastion of the agenda.
There are allegations that the Anantha team is doing well to make the Mar Sleeva project a ground for the development of urban waste eradication.

Yoga – Deep-rooted in Ancient India: Sought to be Studied by West and De-Coupled from its Roots!

By: Rajiv Malhotra

A new journal from the West seeks to control research on Yoga. It is called THE JOURNAL OF YOGA STUDIES


A number of Hindu themes is also included in its scope. Its set up as a space to digest into stage-2 (de-contextualized) and hence prepare for further digestion into stage-3 by others.

The leader is Elizabeth De Michelis, an accomplished scholar. She works in close collaboration with Mark Singleton, the scholar famous for his thesis that modern yoga originated in YMCA in India. Lacking physical strength, Indians wanted to start exercising but wanted to use Sanskrit terms and claims of an old history. (This fits into the Neo-Hinduism theory I refuted in my book, Indra’s Net.)

Her own book, Modern Yoga, tries to de-couple “modern” yoga from ancient roots, and tries to locate it in western esoteric influences of the late 19th century. They are saying that just as modern Hinduism (i.e. what they call neo-Hinduism) starts in the late 19th c. with Swami Vivekananda, so also modern Yoga starts in the 19 c. Neither modern Hinduism nor modern Yoga originated in ancient Vedic practices.

The formal academic credentials of the scholars are powerful. UK’s SOAS is a key partner. Many of the parties involved have backgrounds our folks must examine.

There is also a similar agenda on research on Ayurveda.

Next you can expect sama-dana type of good cop activities to pave the way. Many naive indians will be brought in positions to lend legitimacy. Many leftist scholars can also be expected to serve their cause.

I do not say all their work is or will be bad. It will be both bad & good mixed in. Nor do I say they dont have the right to do whatever scholarship they want. 

But I ask those with commitment to yoga as a sacred system (i.e. not secularized) to pay close attention and do purva-paksha.

History of Racism and Attrocities: Teach Unbiased History!

By: Rajiv Malhotra

There was an interview with an American school teacher of History and World Religions. It starts by discussing the recent controversy over White Supremacy in USA, and then applies similar arguments to discuss other similar instances in history that are not being adequately covered. Watch HERE

The main points discussed are:

  1. Liberals in USA support removal of monuments honoring white supremacists. I agree with this. But I wish to take the conversation deeper and probe why many other similar situations do not get the same level of interest. Are there contradictions and double standards?
  2. The history of atrocities against Native Americans is full of horrific deeds that led to their genocide/holocaust. But this is not discussed to the same extent. Especially the role of the Church in legitimizing the atrocities does not get much spotlight. Why?
  3. The Portuguese Church Inquisition in Goa is one of the very few Church atrocities for which the Vatican has not apologized. Nor is this topic discussed by our supposedly liberal media. American textbooks’ treatment of India focus on “Hindu human rights” issues, but not this. Why?
  4. The Islamic invaders of India from early times to the Mughals do not get exposed for their atrocities. Why should the towns, boulevards, major monuments in their honor not be the subject of similar debates? The liberal scholars/media block such debates and attacks those who dare to raise such issues. Why?

Are liberal/leftists being hypocrites when they protect Islamic conquerors for horrible deeds, and whitewash Christian expansionism, while claiming to fight against White Supremacists?

How should we teach the history of such past empires of persecution? Both discussants offer many ideas in this informative and thought-provoking episode.

Hinduism is Without Boundaries – Because this Universe is Without Boundaries!

By: Surya K

Sanatan Dharma – or Hinduism – deals with infinity of this mysterious universe and, as this universe is infinity or without well defined boundaries, Sanatan Dharma is without well defined boundaries. And, there is nothing wrong in this.

We have to understand and accept that there is nothing wrong nor unnatural about a concept not having well-defined boundaries.

In fact, firm boundaries  means close-minded and hence intolerant of what is outside boundaries. Hindu pluralism springs from its refusal to be bounded.  Christianity, Islam, and … Socialism are well-bounded, insular, intolerant philosophies.

Most of us educated in the Western educational system have an incessant need to classify, discriminate, and draw boundaries on concepts. Are we wrong in expecting Hinduism to have similarly well-defined, well-demarcated boundaries?

Answer is: we are (wrong in expecting so).

Best to expand on the answer through two western paradigms.

First, is the separation between physics and metaphysics.  Philosophers tried hard to separate these two fields.  Problem is that we cannot draw a firm boundary around physics and exclude all metaphysics from it. This is well known in philosophy of science as the Demarcation Problem.

Second, is the concept of Family Resemblance by Wittgenstein.  It argues that  many things that we think of as a family – as having a well-defined essence – with a common core feature – may in fact be connected by a series of overlapping similarities, where no one feature is common to all of the things.  The very concept of “games” that we use in our language defies a boundary because one cannot essentialize a single concept to define all of them while eliminating everything else.

Dharmic traditions are best defined in this sense as a family resemblance.  Does this mean anything can be brought under one Dharmic family?  Can we include Abrahamic religions into it?  Clearly not.  (Please read BD for how Dharmic traditions differ from Abrahamic religions, including the concept of open architecture). However, boundaries get hazy when it comes to Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.  They do not have the same common core as Hinduism but there is quite a bit of overlap.  Thus, whether Buddha should be a Hindu Avatar should not be an issue to Hindus, just as whether playing cards and cricket can both be games is not an issue for us.

Going by the notion of family resemblance, we know that there need not be a common core feature. Thus, coherence here is not defined in terms of having a common core or essential feature.  Similarly, that there is not a common core feature with a well-defined boundary would mean that there is no pressure to make things homogeneous.  Therefore, let us get over this obsession with  well-defined boundaries.

Efforts should be to clearly understand how Dharmic traditions have family resemblance, how Abrahamic religions have family resemblance and how these two families differ.

However, family resemblance of Dharmic traditions cannot degenerate into “Sameness” with Abrahamic religions.

Prof. Harbans Mukhia @ JNU is well known for his very positive portrayal of Mughals.

He has something interesting to say on this topic:

“While the ancient societies everywhere were marked by multiplicity of beliefs as well as unbeliefs, hosting polytheistic, pantheistic, animist, anthropomorphic, naturalist forms of deities and beliefs as well as denial of beliefs, thus creating a wide spectrum with ample space for all, the assertion of a single truth in the monotheistic representation of god completely changed the scenario.”

“As a proselytising religion, Christianity laid claims to monopoly of the singularity of truth revealed to humanity through Jesus, son of god. Implicit in it was also the falsity of all other faiths, an inevitable and irreconcilable conflict with them and its own ultimate universal triumph. This premise was later inherited by Islam with the same characteristics. Interestingly, these are also integral to the inveterate adversary of all religions, i.e. Marxism. Conflict with others and victory over them is inescapable in the claims over the monopoly of the single truth. It is thus that the whole of humanity must turn Christian, Muslim or socialist, depending on one’s partiality.”

By: Surya K

What are the defining features of Hinduism?

Once there is eternal atma, there is the cycle of karma and rebirth. 

Without belief in atma (whether ultimately distinguishable from paramatma or not), how can one be a Hindu? All six Vedic traditions accept atma, karma, and rebirth.

Jains (do not accept Vedas) who believe in Jiva (atma), also believe in karma and rebirth. Sikhs believe atma, karma and reincarnation. To my knowledge, even Buddhism (do not accept Vedas) accepts karma and rebirth. Karma forms the foundation of its ethics.

Carvaka and Ajivika nastika traditions do not believe in atma, karma, or rebirth. They reject Vedas. What is nothing Hindu about them!

Beware India! China on Net-War with India!

By: Rajiv Malhotra

China is helping Pakistan against India in an internet fake media war. American accents & faces are being hired.

There are numerous such start-ups and many more are being planned.

Below is just one example out of 100 – funded by China.

A new Kurukshetra is opened up of fake documentaries that look real and appeal to separatists.

Is India monitoring?

Twitter handle with clear Pak-China support:


Promoting Dravidstan:

Caste divisiveness:

Promoting separatist movements in India:

Indian military considered fake:

“Caste-ism” and “Untouchability” in Hinduism – A Few Thoughts

Hinduism is associated with “Caste-ism”, “Untouchability”, “Atrocities”, “Dalits” “Brahmanism” etc. Here are a few thoughts written by well-informed persons.

By: Bharat

An American asked me about casteism in Hinduism and why Brahmins were given special treatment in this religion.

As a reply, I just asked him what did he expect his government to do with scholars (who are learned people), who teach in universities, schools and do research.

He said his government should provide them funds, respect, honour and protect them. He said, also, such learned scholars should be respected irrespective of their political ideology.

I said exactly this is what Hinduism does to learned people. In Hinduism, the exact term for a learned scholar is Brahmin.

He, then,  said, “But you Hindus say Shudras are like feet”.

I said in reply, “Society is always built on its work force. And, by the way, only stupid person will think that feet are not important for human body”.

He agreed on all these points and in the end understood what the Casteism exactly is in its essence!

By: Maria Wirth

Common people in the west know hardly anything about India. But one thing they all know: India has an ‘inhuman’ Caste system, which is an important feature of their religion, Hinduism. Most also ‘know’ that Brahmins are the highest caste, which oppresses the lower castes, and worst off are the untouchables.

I learnt this already in primary school, but knew nothing at that time about the concentration camps of Nazi Germany only a few years earlier or about the atrocities of slavery or colonialism. Yet the Indian caste system with Brahmins as villains was part of the curriculum in Bavarian schools in the early 1960s, and it still is today: some time ago I asked three young Germans in Rishikesh what they associate with Hinduism. Their prompt reply was, “caste system”.  Surely, they also had learnt that it was most inhuman. In all likelihood, all over the world school children are taught about the ‘inhuman’ caste system. Why?

There is likely an agenda behind it.

Yes, the caste system exists, and untouchables, too. And it exists all over the world. Curiously, ‘caste’ is Portuguese for class. It is not even an Indian term. The ancient Vedas mention four varnas – Brahmins, Kshatryas, Vaishyas and Sudras, which form the body of society, like the head, arms, thighs and feet form the body of a human being. It is a beautiful analogy which implies that all parts are important. True, the head will be given more respect, but will you ignore your feet? Not everyone is made for intellectual work, fortunately, because a society without farmers, traders, workers won’t be possible. All have their role to play. And in future lives, there are likely to be role reversals.

Varna was not hereditary originally. It depended on one’s predominant guna (quality of character) and one’s profession. The job of Brahmins was specifically to memorize the Vedas and preserve them absolute correctly for future generation. They had to have predominately Satwa (pure) guna and had to stick to many more rules for purity than any other caste.

Brahmins were the guardians of the purity of the Vedas. So it is understandable that they would not touch those who for example remove the dead bodies of animals or clean the sewers, though a society needs people, who do these jobs, too. In the west, people also wouldn’t shake hands with them. But no issue is made out of it.

Due to their satwa guna, Brahmins were least likely to be abusive to other groups in society. Usually it is the group which considers itself socially just above another group, which looks down on those lower. This trait is there in all societies, but it is true, that in India, unfortunately over time, the four varnas were inherited by birth. There are today many Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Sudras, who do not follow their dharma any longer and therefore should not consider themselves as belonging to their inherited varna.

But why is the structure of the society in India constantly decried, when nobody accuses for example the nobility, the highest ‘caste’ in the west, that it does not mingle with workers and won’t live in their neighbourhood?

Why is nobody upset that the British allowed only ‘whites’ into the club of Madikeri town in Karnataka and probably all over the country, as an old Indian gentleman told me? If I remember right, he said that the sign at the club read, “Dogs and Indians not allowed”.

Why is nobody upset that the agriculture policy of the British Colonialists starved some 25 MILLION Indians to death? 25 million men, women and children slowly dying because they had nothing to eat in a country that was one of the richest before the British took over… There are terrible pictures on the net of Indians only being skin and bones, barely alive.

Why is nobody upset that the British, after slavery was abolished, sent indented labour from India all over the world in cramped boats, where a big number died during the journey already (and were spared the torture in the sugarcane estates)?

Why nobody talks about what the Muslim invasions did to Hindus and especially to Brahmins? How cruel they were? How many Hindus were killed or made slaves? How many Hindu women committed mass suicide by jumping into fire so that they won’t fall into the hands of the Muslim troops?

Nowadays, due to ISIS we can well imagine what happened then, yet the Leftists and even ‘respectable’ British Parliamentarians are not concerned with all this. They are concerned with the ‘most inhuman caste system’ of India. It can be safely assumed that the colonial masters tried to drive a wedge between the castes by ‘fixing’ the former fluidity of varnas in their census from 1871 onwards. And today, their democratic successors, though without political power in India, try to drive a wedge with the help of manipulative media and even parliamentary legislation in their own country.

My point is: what Brahmins did by segregating from others or even snubbing others is negligible in comparison what Christian colonialists and Muslim invaders did.

So why are the so-called atrocities of the caste-system so hyped? The reason may well be to divert the attention from those who actually should feel guilty what they did and still do to India. It’s not the Brahmins. Many of them suffer today, mainly due to reservation and, though poor in many cases, by being excluded from benefits which are given to religious minorities or lower castes.

But this is not the only reason why the caste system and Brahmins are being bashed worldwide. Another important agenda is to shame Brahmins, to make them feel guilty about their forefathers and to make them reluctant to follow their original Dharma of learning and teaching the Vedas. The goal is to make Vedic knowledge disappear in India, because it poses a danger for Christianity and Islam. It can easily challenge their so-called “revealed truths”. Vedic knowledge makes sense and is therefore the greatest obstacles for Christianity and Islam to expand over the whole world.

Unfortunately, a lot of Vedic texts are already lost. The former Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram, Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, says in his book “The Vedas” that out of 1180 Shakas, into which Veda Vyasa divided the 4 Vedas some 5000 years ago, only eigth are still in use. (Just wondering: would a search in England, Germany and other countries rediscover some of this treasure? )

It is about time to stop this Brahmin bashing and stop portraying the Indian caste system as the worst that has ever befallen humanity. It sounds so fake, especially, when ISIS gets neutral treatment by just mentioning facts, like, “ISIL burns 19 Yazidi women to death in iron cages because they refused to have sex with fighters” without any emotional colour or condemnation.

Some time ago, I saw an old Brahmin couple in a temple in south India. They had dignity, but were very thin. When Prasad (sacred food) was distributed, they were in the queue before me. Later I saw that they joined the queue again…. It was in all likelihood due to poverty.

Brahmins don’t need to feel guilty about their forefathers. They can be proud of them, because it is only thanks to them that India is the only country that has preserved its precious, ancient wisdom at least partly. Yet others should indeed feel guilty, but those others are brazen and won’t. They rather vitiate the atmosphere with unjustified hatred for Hinduism and anti-Brahmanism.

By: JoWilson

I am now a follower of Sanatana Dharma from the US.

I left Christianity because I did not want to be forced into believing something which does not make sense or have my beliefs contradict science.

Thank God I found Sanatana Dharma, which is not a blind-believing, divisive, restrictive boundary which we English speakers call “religion,” but a set of philosophies and a way of life, open to all.

I have lived my entire life in the US, but feel close to India and its Hindu beliefs, which have survived thousands of years of challenges and oppression and still continue and live on.

As for the article by Maria Wirth, I marvel at her fantastic skill of writing and her ability to get her ideas across to all those who condemn others or spread hatred against Hindus, with which this article I can especially relate to.

The caste system thrives, not in India, but in American history textbooks, and I, a person who has been educated in the US am able to justify why.

This “agenda”, of which Maria with has written about, is very, very true and can be proven by reading a chapter on the so-called “Hinduism” and its practices in California state history textbook.

When I was in middle school, I clearly remember reading about the “horrors of the Hindu caste system and how it treated the poor ‘untouchables’ and screwed the country” when the school teachers dared not give us any more information about the atrocities of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

What I find more disturbing is the same idea is conveyed in school textbooks today, though many revisions and changes were sought from Hindu organizations across the country.

This “agenda” is very much alive and is purely hate-based to distract attention from the scientific accuracy of the Hindu texts and save the dying theological belief that Christianity is.

I must thank Maria Wirth very much for writing about this sensitive topic and hope that more and more people read this great work!

I would also request maria Wirth to work and write on another –  very relevant and burning topic: Conversion of Hindus by Christian Missionaries.

I have been doing some research and found that the topic of the continued efforts of converting Hindus to Christianity by Western missionaries is one that has gained popularity currently after the Indian State of Jharkhand illegalized proselytization and a new proposal to ban it as well in Nepal is being considered.

Raja Suheldev and “Ghazi” Salar Masud: A Twister twists the Story and “accuses” BJP of twisting!

By: Nellutla Naveen Chandra Ph. D.


Ajaz Ashraf has written an article titled “How Amit Shah and the BJP have twisted the story of Salar Masud and Raja Suheldev”, which is published by scroll.

This article, as its title suggests, seeks to accuse BJP in general and Amit Shah in particular of “twisting” the real story of “Salar Masud” and, while attempting so, very conveniently omits in the headline the prefix “Ghazi” before this “Salar Masud” as if this omission of the highest Commendation Order, which is bestowed only on zealous Muslim religious warriors, would change the character of that person.

Then, after “his own twisting” of the story of this Ghazi Salar Masud, the author reveals his real grievance. This grievance does not relate to 1000 years old history of Ghazi Salar Masud but to India of 2017. The real grievance of the author is: India has set upon the trajectory of ‘Power Reordering’ story, sadly for Ajaz Ashraf.

What is this “Power Order” existing now, which the BJP is accused of attempting to “Re-Order”? This is a very vital question to be answered by Ajaz Ashraf. Is this (Power Order) the unfinished task of Ghazi Masud of yesteryears, which the BJP is seeking to “Re-Order” today? If this is the case, Ajaz Ashraf should have no grievance against this “Power Re-Ordering”.

This author in a very unsuspecting way reveals his real heart; he accuses the BJP of opening a “Register of Grievances” now by bringing an old story of Raja Suheldev and Ghazi Masud, while this “Register of Grievances” is other way round. This “Register of Grievances” is of Ajaz Ashraf against the putting of “Ghazi” Salar Masud as “Ghazi Salar Masud”, that is, putting that olden day’s Ghazi where be belongs!

My comments on this article are given here-under and the article is published by scroll here:


My comments:

The real name of the “saint” is Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud and not just Salar Masud – Ghazi means a slayer of Kaffirs. The question is: Why was this name modified in the article by the author by omitting the prefix “Ghazi”?1

William Henry Sleeman, the British resident in Awadh remarked: “Strange to say, Hindoos as well as Mahommedans make offerings to this shrine, and implore the favours of this military ruffian, whose only recorded merit consists of having destroyed a great many Hindoos in a wanton and unprovoked invasion of their territory.”3

Mughal court historian Abul Faz’s Ain-i- Akbari (16th century) states, “Salar Masud… was connected by blood with Mahmud Ghazni… sold his life bravely in battle and left an imperishable name.” Akbar gave lands to the shrine.1

In 1765, Akbar’s grant was renewed by Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Audh. His successor Asaf-ud- Daula visited the Bahraich shrine several times. 1

The Punjabi Sufi poet Waris Shah named him among the five most venerated Sufi Pirs.1

Russian orientalist Anna Suvorova notes that the rituals of the Masud’s cult show some indigenous Hindu influence.4

And there is Abdur Rahman Chisti’s Mirat-i- Masudi written in 1620.1

Isn’t it incredible that this jihadi warrior is worshipped by the very Hindus that he attacked and that Hindu women pray at his tomb for a male child of his noble qualities? (Kuldeep Kumar, review of the erudite book, November 15, 2015, The Hindu)

“Amongst the Sufi saints who wielded the sword, perhaps the name of Shahid Salar Masud Ghazi stands on the top. From the first day, onwards he offered to Hindus “Sword or Quran”.2

There are Abul Faz (16th Century), Abdur Rahman Chisti (17th Century), Shuja-ud-Daula (18th Century) and Waris Shah all attesting to the existence of Gahzi Saiyyad Salar Masud, all Muslims who lived in different centuries.

There is William Henry Sleeman, an English man of 19th Century and a Russian orientalist Anna Suvorova of 21st Century who believed the Ghazi existed.

Abul Faz confirms his relationship with the notorious murderer and thief Mohammad Gazni. The Great Moghul Emperor Akbar gave lands to the shrine, renewed by Shujaud Daula 200 years later.

Now we have Shahid Amin of 21st century who negates his existence in a tome published by University of Chicago, where also Wendy Doniger makes a living. No doubt it must be a master piece and erudite as it is written by one of the infallible professors of a University, hot bed of separatism and anti-Hinduism. The very Shahid reverberates with feelings of sacrifice and fight for a cause (perhaps Islam in this case).

Two facts are to be remembered as stated above in various historical documents:

  1. Ghazi Salar Saiyyad Salar Masud, sanitized as Salar Masud by Ajaz Ashraf, existed.
  2. He was related to Mohammad Ghazni

Against this back drop we record two laments by Ajaz Ashraf:

  1. Should an uncertain history and malleable popular memories be turned into a register of grievances that need to be redressed in the twenty first century?
  • Fifty years from now, it is possible that Shahid Amin’s erudite, masterly analysis of Mirat-i-Masudi could be treated as an outpouring of “febrile intellect”. On this trajectory India has sadly already set upon.

  • Lament 1 has no factual basis to say, “UNCERTAIN HISTORY AND MALLEABLE POPULAR MEMORIES”. He chose the word “popular” an important lexicographic aberration which is the staple food of the Marxist and Abrahamic historians.

    There is need to register grievances and there is need to redress them. Two models come to mind: Nelson Mandela’s “Truth and Reconciliation” and Steven Harper’s unconditional apology to First Nation Peoples of Canada, though the genocide by Christians continues there as seen by increasing number of missing persons in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the last few years, even after the apology.

    Amin’s erudite contribution as per Ajiz Ashraf: “We cannot even be sure, as Amin says, “whether or not Salar Masud existed at all”. If this is the attitude of the Muslims to white wash their unpleasant past, then it deserves the fate it will receive in future.

    “On this trajectory India has sadly already set upon.” Really? This trajectory was launched 70 years ago by Marxist, Christian and Muslim historians as attested by our history books. The great Krishnadevaraya of Hampi is given a paragraph whereas each bloody Moghul emperor and Christian Viceroy gets a chapter allotted to them in our history books, thanks to Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib, the preeminent Hindu history nonwriters.


    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghazi_Saiyyad_Salar_MasudType equation here.

    2. Islamization of India by Sufis by Sree Purushottam

    3. P.D. Reeves 2010, p. 69

    4. Anna Suvarova, 2004, p. 161

    Wake Up Bharat! Before it is Too Late!!

    By: Francois Gautier  (addition by Shreepal Singh)

    The strategy of forces opposing Modi’s efforts to make India a nation to reckon with is becoming more and more sharp and focussed with each passing day.

    They know that they don’t have an alternative face but they are smartly playing on their strengths and using the Achilles heel of a party in power.

    They know that just by numbers a single opposition party can never ever beat Modi-led BJP, so their best bet is to demoralize fence-sitting Hindus by bombarding them with negative news 24/7 and that’s when the voter percentage goes down. If they can manage to get enough Hindus to not vote, they can reduce BJP to a point where they cannot form government

    All the deep assets of the ecosystem are coming out now.

    Entire force of mass communication – media, sleeper and social media cells – is being activated to promote short-term pains of mega steps like demonetization & GST.

    Every Abrahamic riot and crime is being completely hidden while any incident in BJP states is being highlighted.

    The entire focus is to put this rising India under Modi on a backfoot and force this India to do nothing but to constantly defend.

    The root cause of the problem is that the general Hindu populace just don’t get the idea that this is not merely about “development”. It is about “cultural survival along with economic development”.

    It would have been perfectly fine if we had a pro India opposition with a different approach to things. Then we could have a legitimate debate on which approach is better for Bharath.

    However the opposition is rabidly anti India and anti Hindu. They are not merely anti BJP.

    If they win you can forget not only any itsy bitsy “developmegnt” but you can wave good-bye to the “idea of India and Indic faiths”.

    But unfortunately while most of the Indic faith people just don’t sense this mortal danger to their very existence, Abrahamics sense it very well. Abrahamics are extremely clear-headed and know their objective of conversion, expansion & domination very well.

    They will never ever vote BJP regardless of development. They will only vote for the party that permits their agenda to flourish.

    It all depends on how Modi-Shah are able to consolidate mass Hjndu votes to replace the fence sitters Hindus that are being lost to neutrality induced by fake and negative news.

    So far Modi-Shah have done a good job. They have tapped into segments unheard of before and completely changed the game in many state elections to make vote bank politics irrelevant.

    Hope they do it in 2019 too!!

    The kind of mega changes and fundamental DNA shifts that Modi-Shah are aiming for is colossal and is a 15-20 year job.

    Upper class anglicized corporate type Hindus are unable to fathom how you need to build a foundation to convert India into a developed country.

    For a regular observer india cannot visibly become a Switzerland or USA in 5 years. Create an US or Switzerland without slave labor or money from colonial markets is a mammoth task that takes a certain collective mentality & decades of focus.

    But upper class Hindus will keep repeating that ground reality is not changing – which is a myopic view of things.

    Do you Hindus really think that your abjectly poor sub Saharan nation will look and behave like Singapore in 3 years? Thank your gods if it looks like Singapore in 30 years let alone 3.

    It’s best to not bank on the fickle upper class Hindu votes as they neither have numbers nor understanding of the situation nor suffer the miseries of regular Indians on a daily basis. They live sheltered cut off lives and expect the world to change and Rome to be built in one day.

    It’s going to be an uphill battle which was looking pretty easy till few months ago. How Modi-Shah play this civilizational game of chess remains to be seen.

    Addition by: Shreepal Singh

    Ordinary Indians are unable to grasp the issue before India today. And such people are in large number. They are the fence-sitters and can easily be persuaded to join this side or that side of the fence – this side for Modi or that side against Modi. The future of rising India will depend on their decision to join this side or that side.

    The biggest problem facing the new rising India is that here in this country the ruling dispensation – BJP – is a “closed-door organization”, which is not able to tap into the vast amount of human resource that otherwise is available for this new India’s rising effort. This country is replete to the brim with an untapped brilliant Indic faiths’ force, which force can not only bring such fence-sitters to this side of the fence to commit them to the national cause in hand today but can also consolidate the otherwise divided force of the Indic faiths. But the ruling dispensation is mired in rigid party confines in the name of “party discipline and party interest”. But the reality is that this dispensation is filled with a good number of position seekers, with people on the look-out of greener pasture and opportunists, who leave no space for the fresh blood in this organization.

    It is an Indian reality that a large number of Hindus and people of other Indic faiths have no interest in politics but many of them have the quality of their personal character and ability to influence the society around them. They are not eager to join politics but they can be pursuaded to join politics and turned into as asset. And, it is also an Indian reality that there are a good number of those who are eager to join politics but with a suspect motive. They search for and get a place that fits their motive.

    In the Modi-Shah duo, Modi is highly preoccupied with urgent national calls and Shah is doing his best to manage the party affairs. He is crafting the required political alignments and re-alignment of ‘already established political forces’ to make it possible for BJP – and that means Modi – to serve the national cause. But it is not enough in the fast changing political environment in India.

    The question is: How many surveys have been carried out by BJP in every university, college, factory, institution, city, village, among farmers, workers, doctors, traders, teachers, students …. etc. to find out the available best human resource and to pursuade them – rather beg them – to come and give a helping hand in the urgent task of emerging danger and of averting this danger? It should be the work of top most urgency for BJP, Shah and Hindus.

    Hindus are not alive to the fact that in Modi they have got a rare and lucky moment of their history in their struggle for survival as Hindus, which, if missed, they may never ever get again in the demographically fast-changing India under the concerted moves of Abrahmic faiths.

    To all those who are aware of the Indian history – recent or not so recent – it must be clear that with the time ticking away, Bharat is bit by bit chipping away …..

    The people of Bharat can not stop the ticking away of the time but they can certainly stop this chipping away, provided they wake up and wake up before it is too late!

    Addition by: As received:

    Wondering how a …. person like Rahul Gandhi was invited to speak at Berkley?

    Was it the US Government? NO.

    Was it the state of California? NO.

    Was it the University of Berkely? NO.

    Then who invited Rahul, who had been 9derogatory to the Prime Minister of the country and the country there?

    1. Sam Pitrodia was the official host for Rahul’s recent trip to the US.
      Who is Sam Pitroda? He is an entrepreneur, policymaker and a former advisor to Rajiv Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh. Sam runs and funds many NGOs in India.
    2. Such talks and invitations are tools to spread Anti-India and Anti-Hindu sentiments and are funded by the same organisation which funds NGOs and charity organizations in India.

    3. Many of these NGOs are for converting Hindus and are opposing Hinduism. It may be recalled that the Modi Govt has closed down funding of thousands of such anti-national NGOs in India.

    4. These are the same organisations which host anti-Hindu folks like Barkha Dutt, John Dayal, etc in US.

    5. Their mission is to promote the leftist ideology. These are the same people who protested against PM Modi’s visit to US.

    6. Showcasing intolerance in India, violence in India, Hindu terror, Poverty, Caste-based violence are the agenda of such speakers to collect funds.

    7. The modus operandi: Invite these Anti-India elements to speak in foreign countries, get them to portray a dismal view of India, collect money for party funding and NGO funding.

    8. Congress think-tank like Sam Pitrodia knows Rahul Gandhi has lost all chances to emerge as a leader in India. The mission now is to pro.p him up and get foreign backing. Arvind Kejriwal’s political rise also came from foreign funding.

    Bharat, wake up before its too late!

    The anti-Hindu venom is spread with vigour. These overseas Organizations are rich, powerful and have a very strong hold on Indian politics through mercenaries. Hindus need to wake up to this reality that is devastating them. It is the time now that they wake up from their indifference !!

    Who Killed Gauri Lankesh? A Few Facts to Remember

                        By Sudarsh V.
    1. One P. Lankesh was her father. He was an actor who started a tabloid called Lankesh Patrike. Lankesh had 3 children- Gauri, Indrajit, Kavitha.
    2. When Lankesh passed away, Gauri took over the tabloid. To this Indrajit objected, as he was listed as editor for legal purposes. So he charged Gauri with theft of Computer, Scanner and Printer of the tabloid and moving them out. Gauri charged Indrajit of pulling a gun on her and attempting to kill her.
    Finally, after other family members intervened , a compromise was worked out. Lankesh Patrike went to Indrajit. Gauri started her own tabloid “Gauri Lankesh Patrike”.
    3. There are nearly 5 dozen defamation suits in various courts filed by people of all political colours. Two suits filed by Prahlad Joshi and another BJP worker recently reached a conclusion under which she was jailed for 6 months each and a fine of Rs10000. She was on bail in this case. Other 58 cases are running.
    4. Her tabloid has 50 staffers. It does not get advertisement revenue. It has a lakh of subscribers. How does she run this tabloid? By ferreting out information and making an offer not to publish! This was the point that came out in the two cases decided.
    5. She ran a campaign against now notorius RaGa man D.K. Shivkumar.
    She became close to Sidharamayya who used her to harness opponents within Congress.
    6. She was a rationalist, a trait that came from her father. She used to openly criticise all swamis, muttadhipatis. Siddu is also known to dislike the religious dispensations.
    7. She travelled frequently to have dialogues with Naxals in Chickmagalur, Coorg, Shimoga jungles. She wrote about them and their cause. It was only a matter of time that some naxals fell foul of her. She outed them and got them arrested. That is what Siddu said yesterday when he said she helped in getting their surrender. Naxals have no soft corner for traitors.
    7. Police officers have been transferred by pliant home ministers at her instance.

    Now, think of all these factors to guess who out of them all could have had a motive to kill her!

    Addition by: Noted journo, Francois Gautier

    (François Gautier is a French political writer & journalist, based in India, since 1971. He has served as the “South Asian” correspondent for the French-language newspaper Le Figaro.)

    A 21 gun salute & a state funeral given to a Maoist radical & intellectual terrorist by a anti Hindu Congress Govt which is doing all in its power to encourage Abrahamic & leftist fascism in Karnataka!

    After a trial running to almost 8 years, Gauri Lankesh could not produce a shred of evidence to prove her ‘news’ was authentic. It was ‘The neutral Court’ that found her guilty of willful defamation. She was given a suspended 6 month imprisonment & Rs. 10,000 fine with a provision to appeal to a higher Court!

    Condolences on her death, but she was hard core anti India, anti army, anti Hindu & wiling to go to any immoral length to score a ideological point to support breaking India forces. She was given a “state funeral”!

    Meanwhile no one sheds one tear for those lay people who lived and died for India. Simple souls who cared only and only for Bharat & its progress. Who merely wanted equal rights for Hindus!

    Not even our journalists n own leaders tweet in their favour or even mention them!

    Lt Col Niranjan Kumar was a native of Bangalore. He did not get a 21 gun salute by the state!

    Even Maj Sandeep Unnikrishnan was from Bangalore. He did not get a 21 gun salute by the state!

    • I am more than shocked, left aghast at the tragic death of a journalist.

    But I don’t think an Urban Naxal convicted by Court deserves a 21-gun salute meant for those who laid their lives for the country!*

    All are Equal or the Real World is Heirchical!

    By: Come Carpentier (enlarged by Shreepal Singh)

    We are living in an age where the credo is: All are equal; all have equal rights; equality is the most valuable human right; the discrimination between person and person is the most cruel way of life in a society; putting different people in different classes is the worst kind of human right abuse; allowing some people as a separate class from other people in a society is an affront to human conscience etc.

    There is a long list of abuses and bad mouthing inflicted on many societies that not only allow but encourage distinctions on certain considerations between different classes of people and socially attach legitimacy and glory to one of the two thus divided classes of people.

    Indian society is one of them that bears the most harsh condemnation by the advocates who sing the virtue of ‘equality’ of all people. The bashing point for Indian society is its ‘caste’ discrimination system, which initially in prehistorical times was founded on the personal acquisition of certain spiritual qualifications and which later on degenerated into ‘caste’ by one’s birth (which never was so intended).

    Let us see the real world situations where we all live and judge for ourselves the merit of the ‘sacrosanct equality’ so vehemently advocated.

    The principle of any educational or family system has to be hierarchical.

    Parents have authority over their children.

    They are not equal people living under the same roof, at least as long as the children have not reached adulthood.

    Likewise pupils have to be under the authority of their teachers. Otherwise there can be no proper teaching.

    In military, soldiers have to be subservient to the orders of their commanders.

    People of a country have to be subject to their (elected) their country’s head.

    In a corporation, the lower rung of employees have to be subservient to the direction or orders of the directors of that corporation.

    In religions, the adherents have to be subservient to the teachings or directions of the founders of those religions. For example, Christians have to follow what Christ had bid them to do. Ditto for Buddhists, Mohammedans, Hindus etc.

    Imitators in the form of (applied) technology, have to follow the insight and discoveries made by the original path-breaking scientists.

    In Yogic disciple for spiritual attainment, the disciples have to seek guidance from their Guru and obey his spiritual instructions.

    The list is endless. It is the real world, notwithstanding the unfounded clamour of the advocates of ‘equality of all’.

    The anarchical revolution of (19)68 was intended to subvert these hierarchies and created a bereft, chaotic and agnostic mindset.

    Let the Progressive World Grow out of Cultural Marxism!

    By: Shreepal Singh

    Philosophic constructs of Marxism are wrong but its conclusions are right. Open up to reason and science and give moral legitimacy to these conclusions.

    Philosophic constructs of Marxism are the defining workings of Nature in terms of dialectics of Matter.

    Science is an ever-growing endeavour of humans and it is concluding more and more with each passing day that the working of Nature is not so simple that it can be explained either by dialectics or matter or their interaction. Dialectics is too crude in its mechanics and matter is too gross in its essense in these days of reigning scientific concepts of ‘relativity’ and ‘probabity’ in their onward journey to the end destination of a ‘Unified Fundamental Force’!

    However the conclusions of Marxism are that the reason and science are pivotal to human progress; that ever changing is the law of human society; and that the material interests of collective humanity are superior to the interests of private individuals.

    These conclusions are the essence of cultural Marxism, with which our so-called progressive world is so much infatuated today.

    There is a long-tailed army of these so-called progressive intellectuals in our world (Naom Chomsky et al), including its fair share in India (Guhas, Kotharis kind of people).

    Cultural Marxism is not political Marxism; it is a fluid formation out of the political Marxism. The political Marxism is long dead but the cultural Marxism is still kicking.

    Let the progressive world grow out of the cultural Marxism and open itself up to the reason and the science to discover a better moral legitimacy to these conclusions; put them on a firmer foundation; and put them with the greater vigor and more vehemence.

    In this work of growing up further, there are two stars shining at the two extremes in the matter of explaining the working of Nature – Albert Einstein and Sri Aurobindo – which the humanity would find handy in their march ahead.

    One – Albert Einstein – commences the human quest with reason and touches the extremity of this reason and the other one – Sri Aurobindo – commences this quest with reason and crosses the extremity of reason.

    One – Albert Einstein – peeps into the secrets of inter-relation of known dimensions of Nature and the other one – Sri Aurobindo – peeps into the secrets of the known and unknown dimensions of Nature.

    One – Albert Einstein – unlocks the hitherto hidden secret of Nature and invents technology founded on this uncovered secret to tame Nature to the benefit of human beings and the other one – Sri Aurobindo – unlocks the hitherto hidden design of Nature and invent technology founded on this unlocked secret to design human beings in accord with Nature’s intent.

    Let the progressive humanity grow beyond cultural Marxism.

    In Eagerness for the Western Acceptance, Hindus Distorting their History and Dharma!

    (Here is an intellectual conversation among well-meaning and knowledgeable Orientalists on the subject titled above. The subject has great geopolitical intellectual importance in our volatile world, where different human-segaments are ardently following different – and often conflicting – trajectories. The general masses in India and elsewhere need to get educated on such an issue. In view of its importance, we are presenting here different viewpoints of the individuals concerned. The opening article is written by Dr. Koenraad Elst, which is followed by interjections on his position on this subject by 1. Aditya Singh, 2. Ragini Sharma, 3. Come Carpentier, 4. Koenraad Elst (response to certain allegations), 5. Ram Sharma, 6. Aditya Singh (response to Koenraad Elst’s article), 7. Ashok Priya and 8. Ram Sidhaye).
    By: Dr. Koenraad Elst
    Here (in recent tweets by many knowledgeable Hindus), problems have been created by a tendency among Hindus to live up to expectations raised by their enemies.
    Thus, in the 19th century already, The Brahmo and Arya Samaj insisted that, like Christianity and Islam, Hinduism is “monotheistic”, with Arya translations of Vedic passages rendering Indra, Agni, Varuna etc. all as “God”. As Talageri remarked, this is like Hindus saying in the heyday of racism: “Yes, white is indeed superior to brown, but we Hindus are whiter than the Brits!”
    Today, we see many Hindus live up to the reigning Cultural Marxism by claiming that Hinduism is “egalitarian”, “feminist” and even “pro gay marriage”.
    First of all, this has never impressed the enemy, of whom not one has abandoned his Hindu-bashing, just as no missionary ever changed his mind because of Arya claims of monotheism. It is only your own people whom you have a chance of convincing of your new party-line. Outsiders look through these claims and conclude that they only add to their already established opinion of Hinduism as hypocritical (“wily Brahmins”).
    Trying to live up to your critics’ standards is a game you can’t ever win.
    But more importantly, these claims are not only unconvincing, they are untrue.
    Egalitarianism is a strictly modern concern, no premodern society lived up to these standards (except, in the Marxist view, a very primitive pre-differentiation society, which had “Ur-communism” and even matriarchy). Thus, among the body parts, it is purely a modern apologetic innovation to claim that the face is “equal” to the feet; that is not how the Rishis or later Hindus saw it. All body parts are necessary, of course, but that doesn’t make them equal; just as the president and the cleaning-lady are both necessary but not equal. You have no chance at all by claiming that Hinduism (after the early layers of the Rg-Veda) had no caste hierarchy, but you are on more solid ground if you point to inequalities elsewhere, such as slavery practised by Mohammed.
    As for feminism, ancient Hinduism had a more natural role division, with e.g. some women becoming Rishikas and Acharyaas, but less than men, which in the medieval period become a more black-and-white division. You are always going to have more men than women in top posts, but in medieval times women were altogether excluded from these top posts. I think Hindu society was also somewhat subject to this evolution, but less so. But if you say that “women were honoured”, you should notice that this is not the same as “women were equal”.
    A really extreme example where you can see right away that this attempt to live up to Cultural-Marxist standards doesn’t work, is gay marriage. Some Hindu associations in the US have claimed that this was never a problem for Hinduism. Hindu traditionalists have countered that in this case, Hinduism recognizing 8 forms of marriage was more enlightened and pluralistic than Christianity, alright, but that nonetheless, none of these 8 was gay marriage. To be sure, Hindus are free to change their mind about this, to evolve new norms, the Shastras explicitly provide for this, which is more enlightened than the eternal Shari’a.
    But that is up to them now, to make such claims about the past is just untenable.
    The willingness of Hindus to sacrifice their own tradition in the entirely vain hope of thus pleasing their enemies, stems from a thorough inferiority feeling. That is all understandable and explainable, I am not throwing any stones here. But nonetheless, you have to free yourself from this negative psychology and own up the past of Hinduism as it really was. From there on, you are free to judge some parts as negative or outdated and thus up for change; but you will not bring that outcome any closer by denying them as facts of history.
    As for the Partition, indeed, this was purely the handiwork of the Muslim community. It had competing tendencies, all united regarding the goal, viz. Muslim domination, but divided regarding the means thereto. In the circumstances then obtaining, the majority was carried by the pro-Partition Muslim League (ML), with some 85% of the Muslim votes. In order to deflect Hindu ire against the Muslims, the culprits of Partition, the Nehru Congress launched the myth that Partition was imposed on both Muslims and Hindus by the British, a convenient scapegoat, all the more so since they had gone. This myth was spread on a war footing and many Hindus have swallowed it, so that today you can always get applause from a Hindu audience by blaming the British. Hindus who take this view may rationalize their position in all sorts of ways, but any outsider can see through this and identify fear of Muslim displeasure and eagerness to fall I line with dominant Nehruvianism as the real determinants.
    To defend this enemy myth, the fact is cited that in the final stage, the British did cooperate with the Partition plan. Yes, and so did Congress, not to mention Ambedkar who had already accepted it on principle as soon as the ML made it its demand, in 1940. Until 1945, the Brits rejected any thought of relinquishing India, so the question of Partition didn’t pose itself. At most, they may have enjoyed the sight of Congress getting embarrassed by this sharp non-solidarity from the ML. Anyway, it is easily verifiable that the Partition idea grew in Muslim circles in the 1930, when the British were still confident that their empire, made more viable with the Gvt of India Act 1935, would last forever.
    But then, the special pleading begins. Ah, but the British supported, even patronized, the creation of the ML in 1906. True, but its demand was then not Partition, but “to inculcate in Indian Muslims a loyalty to the British empire”. The Brits looked after their own interests, and any concessions they made to Muslim interests were subservient to that larger goal. But Muslims only played along as long as they were weak. As soon as they were strong enough to openly pursue their own agenda, they opted for Partition. That was the accomplished fact which the British, as soon as they were weakened by the war, started to take into account.
    Those who claim that the ML had been prompted by the British (such as the RSS claim that Jinnah had been “brainwashed by the British”), are white supremacists. They insist that no brown Muslim can have his own agency, that he can only act when puppeteered by the white man. I am only taking the decolonized view that natives do have their own agency, and that Muslims pursued the power agenda instilled in them since the 7th century, long before the Brits appeared on the scene.
    More special pleading is the endless claims, partly true, of how terrible the Brits had been. Not that their famines were “genocide”, i.e. the intentional pursuit of a plan to exterminate a targeted population, but it was indeed not nice. Fine, but none of that amounted to Partition. And when you point that out, more claims of British atrocities are thrown at you, as if they can make any difference at all to the responsibility for Partition. A newone is the claim that had the Brits not appeared in the 18th century, Hindus would have thrown the Muslim rulers out. Though that is a totally different issue immaterial to the politics of the 1940s, a second thought made me hesitate about this claim that I had hitherto taken for granted. After the victories by Shivaji and Bajirao, you got the defeat at Panipat, and perhaps even more telling, Scindia’s formal acceptance of Moghul suzerainty in 1770, though he was militarily the most powerful man in India and could have folded the Moghul empire there and then. Meanwhile, the Brits in Bengal 1757 did not support the Muslims against the Hindus, but defeated and removed the Muslim ruler to the applause of the Hindus. And in 1857, supposedly the first war of independence, those Hindus who joined in the rebellion (many refused to) accepted the decadent Moghul ruler as their leader. Maybe the Brits saved you from an ignominious Nehruvianism avant la lettre.
    At any rate, here I am only taking a position within debates that are ongoing between Hindus. It is not the position propagated by the secularists or the Cultural Marxists in Western and Indian academe. The question of a U-Turn just doesn’t arise.
     By: Aditya Singh
    1) It perhaps is true, that British did not think for the Idea of Partition of India, along with plan to vacate it, before the reality of post war power equations dawned on them. But their actions of exacerbating divisions certainly lead to it, consider the Partition of Bengal on religious lines for instance. The western interest in having a friendly Pakistan in the subcontinent to block Soviet expansion in subcontinent is we attested. Pakistan is till today west’s major non-NATO ally.
    As the paramount power, they cannot be absolved from their role in the hasty partition and the post partition violence that resulted. Their inability to enforce peace in direct action day riots is also well-known. Of course it can’t be honest to say the gullible Muslim population of India was induced by British to cause Partition.
    2) On famines their doings are well attested. Of course they are responsible for the famines with their heavy taxation policy and forcing cultivation of cash crops to meet their interests. Their response to famines were to force stricken people to labour in distant locations in return for meagre relief. Churchill is personally responsible for the 2M deaths in Bengal famine of 1943. They are singularly responsible for destroying the Indian economy and political institutions what else it the whole hue and cry about colonialism?

    3) Maratha, Panipat and Mughals. The Maratha conquest of India was not at all a Hindu Muslim issue. It was an issue of Swaraj for the Marathas in Deccan and then of conquest of Hindustan(north India).

    In the Battle of Panipat for instance there were two loyal Muslim generals in Sadashiv Rao Bhau’s army who gave their lives and the Holkar contingent betrayed Bhau by deserting. Malhar Rao Holkar did a double dealing with Najib Khan Rohilla the chief (siding with Abdali). Shujaudaula who was on Abdali’s side had Hindu staff serving under him.

    Marathas had sought out Shujaudaulla to support them as an ally in the War but he was persuaded by Najib to take Abdali’s side. So while for Abdali and his soldiers this was a religious war, for Maratha it was not. And none of the Hindu/Muslim rulers of North India supported Maratha in this war. They just waited and watched who wins. It was Maratha overconfidence that cost them Panipat and lack of allies.
    Mughal ruler were titular rulers since death of Aurangzeb and complete puppets for much of 18th and 19th century till 1857 when they were finally deposed. They were only used to provide ‘legal’ cover for usurpation of former Mughal territory. This was the design of Mahadji Shinde when he installed Shah Alam II. Marathas never backed out from War with Hindu rulers in Hindustan(north India) in order to collect their tribute. They fought with Rajputs and Jats. Were supported by Muslim rulers in these wars and vice versa.  For the Muslim rulers when it suited them they sided with the powerful Maratha and when it suited them they united against the infidels. All these Muslim rulers and a majority of their military was made up of Turks, Uzbeks, Persians, Afghans etc who drew on their own lot to project power. Yes minus the loss at Panipat, minus the internal rivalries in Maratha camp and minus the British occupation of Bengal and Awadh in 18th century, there would have been a very different history for Marathas in 19th century.
    In 1857 not only did the Sepoys rush to Delhi they also rushed to Peshwa Nana Sahib. It was the lack of vision and disunity in the Maratha camp that lead to their not being able to utilise this opportunity to unseat the British. Something that the titular Peshwa was fully seized upon but was powerless without allies to do.
    By: Ragini Sharma
    Last year at the Indology conference, during an informal conversation at the reception, Elst told me that he considers himself to be a Christian. He said he did not believe in reincarnation (I used the poison pill test). Regarding my suggesting his  U-Turn, I think Elst knows very well Rajiv’s concerns about using the western lens of human rights to analyze Hindu texts and tradition. He is well aware of Rajiv’s critique of Doniger and Pollock, for example, in this regard.
    For example, Rajiv has written about the false equivalencies that happen when the Abrahamic human rights lens is used to compare varna to caste system. This is what Elst is now doing – comparing dharmic varna system to western ideas of “egalitarianism”. In his Tweets, Elst claims Hindus are “tolerant” and
    “Secular” but cannot be “egalitarian”.
    This is a problematic statement because we know that the term “secular” is redundant in the context of Hinduism because the “open architecture” of Hinduism is by its very nature “secular”. Certainly we could discuss how the western idea of egalitarian may fit with ideas of dharma – but Elst’s blanket statements are problematic for Hindus.
    In his Being Different book, Rajiv has explained that the term “secular” was developed in Abrahamic civilizations to address their religious intolerance of science and non-Abrahamic traditions. Elst knows this well.
    Similarly, Elst has recently posted Tweets to critique the Guru and Shishya relationship as “hierarchical” and related to top down power and control. Again, Elst knows better – the guru parmapara tradition has no western equivalence and is beyond such concepts.  Elst seems to be taking a Pollockian approach to analyzing this very important aspect of the dharmic tradition and therefore appears to be taking a U-Turn. He knows well the importance or significance these cultural differences and misrepresentations/misinterpretations.
    Similarly I find it problematic when Elst claims on Twitter that the British colonial rule did not misuse famines or cause the partition. For example, I thought that the colonialists’ “divide and rule policy” was well documented not only in India but in other colonies.
    Whether U-Turn or not, these recent Tweets by Elst are not supportive of Hinduism. The point is not what Elst’s own faith is.. The point is the adhikar and importance Hindus have given to him to speak for Hindus/Hinduism. Does it serve the interest of Hindus to have non-Hindus in such a positions? It’s an issue for Hindus to ponder upon.
    By: Come Carpentier
    Koenraad Elst has always said that he is a scientific researcher and does not believe in Christ or Christianity. His attitude is secular and in a sense materialistic. He does not endorse equality as a social norm as it is not a cultural and biological reality (equal means identical and there are not two identical beings in the universe).
    He has always said that colonialism was a socio-economic and political process that came from a set of circumstances so that colonizers were not alone to blame but made use certain opportunities. That is more or less the gist of his argument. He has never claimed to be a believer in Hiduism or any other religion and regards himself as a rationalist hence a skeptic. There is no U-turn and people misunderstood if they though he was a Hindu convert. He is sympathetic to India and Hinduism but not a ‘Bhakt”.
    By: Koenraad Elst
    I feel much less inclined to continue this discussion when I am not faced with differences of opinion, but plain factual untruth. In the last decades, I have *never* said that I consider myself a Christian. In general this is false, in the present forum it is moreover a serious allegation, a case of slander.
    I may have said on some occasion that *Hindus* consider me a Christian, because they go by birth and not by conviction, as if a religion is an ethnicity that you are born with and can’t change. Myself, by contrast, because I know Christian doctrine and history, would never say this.
    In the Christian narrative, the apostles are called Christian though they were Jews by birth. Conversely, Stalin was an anti-Christian atheist, though he was Orthodox by birth and upbringing and had even studied for the priesthood. Ragini might consider him a Christian, but no Christian would, nor would any outsider who knows Christian doctrine. As soon as you cease to believe the defining Christian doctrine, you cease to be a Christian.
    The inveterate insistence by some Hindus to misunderstand Christian doctrine and force it into Hindu categories (such as belonging by birth instead of by doctrine) is part of the fatal wilful ignorance about the Kurukshetra.
    As for reincarnation, I certainly don’t “believe” in it, but I do follow the research thereon and am open to the possibility, depending on the proof forthcoming. I have so far not experienced it one way or the other. I cannot deny the importance of advanced yogis taking it for granted, though the “belief” of believers like Ragini doesn’t impress me, for all sorts of funny doctrines have found masses of believers, e.g. in Jesus’ resurrection.
    By that criterion, the Vedic rishis who located the souls of the dead in a particular constellations are not Hindus, nor the Chandogya sage Aruna, who only heard of the reincarnation doctrine late in life and confessed that he hadn’t known of it.
    As for Greek (in origin largely Babylonian) astronomy, I have indeed said that it was imported into India and became the basis of “Vedic” horoscopy. I have also said (even in the article referred to) that the Babylonian divisions in 12 and 360 is probably of Indian origin. But it is the Babylonians themselves who turned this division into the Zodiac, which was subsequently imported into Greece as well as India (and, after some Turkish transformations, even into China).
    By contrast, I have never said that Indians had their astronomy from the Greeks. Horoscopy, yes, and the  precession. But the division in 28 nakshatras did not have to be imported: it is natural and existed in th Vedas already. It also existed among the Arabs and the Chinese, and doesn’t require any inventions or insights, you only have to keep an eye on the moon every night.
    Hindus in the present circles often call themselves “nationalist”. For us, we have been warned against nationalism since childhood, and it mainly counts as a istortive factor when doing history.
    In India, I have learned to sympathize with what Indians call nationalism. But in the present discussion, is mainly has the distortive impact again.
    By: Ram Sharma (Ritendra Sharma)
    Let’s first see how Rajiv ji defines U-Turn theory. He has explicitly stated, “In its basic form the U-Turn Theory states that a member of the dominant Western culture first wholeheartedly learns the Indic tradition. He or she, for a variety of reasons, then repackage it and projects the knowledge gained from India from within his/her own culture. The next thing you know is that s/he claims these ideas were always an integral part of Western culture.”
    We can glean two important points from this definition about U-Turn which are, that after learning Indic tradition, that person:
    1)   Repackages and digest in his own culture
    2)   Claiming it as an integral part of Western culture
    All of the tweets and your write-up don’t match up with what he states and theory of U-Turn. According to your keen observation, you have picked up following anomalies in his writings:
    1)   Hinduism can be pluralistic but not egalitarian.
    2)   British cannot be blamed for partition or for famines.
    Do these statements, in any way, come under the category of U-Turn? Is KE’s assertion that Hinduism in not egalitarian and only pluralistic tantamount to repackaging and digestion of Indic tradition? Is he saying that only western culture is egalitarian and not Hinduism? Is he re-packaging egalitarian of Hinduism?
    Hence the first assertion could not prove U-Turn theory.
    But there is one important point that you missed in KE’ tweets where he is stating. “Stop this special pleading of trying to force-fit Dharma into the Procrustean bed of Cultural-Marxist egalitarianism.”  
    I think this tweet show KE’s brilliant insight and understanding about Dharma which most of the Hindu activists lacks. Dharma does not preach modern egalitarianism. It preaches adhikaribhed(learning and teaching as per capability, inclination, and talent) as an important consideration for structuring society. Dharma recognizes natural inequality in human beings and therefore never talks about the eradication of inequality as the foremost goal of human society. The modern conception of equality brings homogeneity, as it can be seen in Communist and Capitalist society, and become a danger to inherent plurality and diversity of society.
    It is sad to read that you missed his brilliant insight and start accusing him of U-Turn. 
    Now let’s try to understand KE’s second assertion about blaming of partition on Islam and not on British. First of all, those who are familiar with the work of KE could easily recall that he has been saying the same thing for more than 25 years now. Therefore there is no question of reversing old statements in the light of new benefits he might get from his “imaginary masters/sponsors” in the West. Nor he is repackaging old theory in a new name for entering into mainstream academia in the West or become inventor to earn royalty out of it, as the case with many U-Turners. 
    Let me share with you one talk, recorded almost three years back, where he is stating the same view about partition:
    Please go through this video link to get an idea how consistent KE’s views. 
    By: Aditya Singh
    1) It perhaps is true, that British did not think for the Idea of Partition of India, along with plan to vacate it, before the reality of post war power equations dawned on them. But their actions of exacerbating divisions certainly lead to it, consider the Partition of Bengal on religious lines for instance. The western interest in having a friendly Pakistan in the subcontinent to block Soviet expansion in subcontinent is we attested. Pakistan is till today west’s major non-NATO ally.
    As the paramount power, they cannot be absolved from their role in the hasty partition and the post partition violence that resulted. Their inability to enforce peace in direct action day riots is also well-known. Of course it can’t be honest to say the gullible Muslim population of India was induced by British to cause Partition.
    2) On famines their doings are well attested. Of course they are responsible for the famines with their heavy taxation policy and forcing cultivation of cash crops to meet their interests. Their response to famines were to force stricken people to labour in distant locations in return for meagre relief. Churchill is personally responsible for the 2M deaths in Bengal famine of 1943. They are singularly responsible for destroying the Indian economy and political institutions what else it the whole hue and cry about colonialism?

    3) Maratha, Panipat and Mughals. The Maratha conquest of India was not at all a Hindu Muslim issue. It was an issue of Swaraj for the Marathas in Deccan and then of conquest of Hindustan(north India).

    In the Battle of Panipat for instance there were two loyal Muslim generals in Sadashiv Rao Bhau’s army who gave their lives and the Holkar contingent betrayed Bhau by deserting. Malhar Rao Holkar did a double dealing with Najib Khan Rohilla the chief (siding with Abdali). Shujaudaula who was on Abdali’s side had Hindu staff serving under him.

    Marathas had sought out Shujaudaulla to support them as an ally in the War but he was persuaded by Najib to take Abdali’s side.
    So while for Abdali and his soldiers this was a religious war, for Maratha it was not. And none of the Hindu/Muslim rulers of North India supported Maratha in this war. They just waited and watched who wins. It was Maratha overconfidence that cost them Panipat and lack of allies.
    Mughal ruler were titular rulers since death of Aurangzeb and complete puppets for much of 18th and 19th century till 1857 when they were finally deposed. They were only used to provide ‘legal’ cover for usurpation of former Mughal territory. This was the design of Mahadji Shinde when he installed Shah Alam II. Marathas never backed out from War with Hindu rulers in Hindustan(north India) in order to collect their tribute. They fought with Rajputs and Jats. Were supported by Muslim rulers in these wars and vice versa.  For the Muslim rulers when it suited them they sided with the powerful Maratha and when it suited them they united against the infidels. All these Muslim rulers and a majority of their military was made up of Turks, Uzbeks, Persians, Afghans etc who drew on their own lot to project power. Yes minus the loss at Panipat, minus the internal rivalries in Maratha camp and minus the British occupation of Bengal and Awadh in 18th century, there would have been a very different history for Marathas in 19th century.
    In 1857 not only did the Sepoys rush to Delhi they also rushed to Peshwa Nana Sahib. It was the lack of vision and disunity in the Maratha camp that lead to their not being able to utilise this opportunity to unseat the British. Something that the titular Peshwa was fully seized upon but was powerless without allies to do.
    By: Ashok Priya
    I am happy to agree with Elst that Hinduism is not egalitarian; egalitarianism is a failed utopian ideology.
    I think egalitarianism is considered a virtue now for wrong reasons, as explained below. Sets may be ordered, partially ordered, or unordered. The West tends to model many things in society as if they were totally ordered, with the obsession for rankings being an example.
    Of course, they did such ranking for races too. Opponents of white supremacy still accept the totally ordered model, and the only alternative to the superiority-inferiority duality then is equality (in the sense of sameness). Hinduism does not use this totally ordered model, which brings me to my slight criticism of Elst below, while admitting the validity of his main argument.
    You have no chance at all by claiming that Hinduism (after the early layers of the Rg-Veda) had no caste hierarchy
    It is true that varnas show that Hinduism did not believe in equality, but it does not mean that there is a hierarchy, with one varna being superior to another. If one takes a specific dimension, then such superiority may be postulated, but not while taking the totality of human qualities. For example, Brahmins may be considered superior to Kshatriyas in vedic knowledge, but not in bravery in battle. (Karna was exposed due to the latter.) A kshatriya may be considered superior to a vaishya in valor, but not in trade.
    So, my position is that pre-medieval Hinduism was neither egalitarian nor hierarchical … and we Hindus can stop being apologetic about our non-egalitarianism.
    By: Ram Sidhaye
    I have met Prof. KE and have read most of his writings including books. By any logic, KE is a true scholar with integrity. He has no personal agenda. He has paid a price for his views on Hindu Dharma. I believe that KE is sincere when he writes. He will never make UTurn.

    Demonetization: Putting Indian Economy on Right Trajectory

    By: Sagar Raichura

    (edited and added by Shreepal Singh)

    There have been conflicting claims from the rival political and economic camps about the success or failure of the intended benefits from the demonetization exercise initiated by Indian government about ten months back. There have been many assessments of the same by the quarters, which were in public perception “pro” and “anti” government.  A few days back, a report from the Reserve Bank of India detailing the number of demonetized old currency notes of 500 and 1000 received back in the economy has also come in public domain, which has spurred once again many more such assessments of this exercise.

    In any assessment on this subject, one thing that has been missed by most of them is the gradation of the “importance” of the actual result or outcome of this exercise. Most of these assessments confine their results to “immediate yielding” as against the “future prospects” having a bearing on Indian economy. This is not the correct way of making an assessment of their impact on Indian economy. There are many times when an exercise may seem detrimental – or even may be in fact detrimental – to an economy in its present impact but which in the long run may be panacea in its consequences to that economy.

    Therefore, it is always prudent to “grade” the importance of the yielded outcome of an economic exercise like the present demonization. In the backdrop of this cacophony of “failure” or “success” of the demonization exercise undertaken by the Indian government, let us make an assessment of its worth and also let us grade them in accordance with their importance. We have used an importance scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is the highest and 5 is the lowest, and others are in between.

    1. The demonetisation report says that with Rs 14.2 lakh crores of currency the economy is able to meet all its transactional requirements. This means that the economy now has roughly Rs 5 lakh crores of cash lesser than the amount it would have had if demonetisation had not happened. This essentially means that the amount of cash stashed away by citizens has come down. This is advantageous to the economy since the hoarding of cash delivers no value to the country’s economic growth. (No. 5 on the scale of importance – Low).

    2. Deposits of Rs 2 lakh and more were made since November 8 which are under scrutiny. Rs 7 lakh crore was deposited in more than 60 lakh such accounts since the government banned high-value banknotes. Income Tax Notices have been sent to all and tax money will be recovered from them. (No. 5 on the scale of importance – Low).

    3. The number of people who have filed self assessment forms for the financial year 2016-17 grew by 23.8 per cent. Demonetisation has sent a clear message that those who evade tax are engaging in a form of financial terrorism and that the law is now going to come after them. (No. 3 on the scale of importance – High).

    4. Approx 1 crore new assesses joined the tax base in FY 2016-17. In years gone by, the increase in the number of assesses has usually been in the range of 20-25 lakh. A strong message has gone out that there’s no point any longer in hiding income. (No. 1 on the scale of importance – Higest).

    5. The impressive revenue collection under GST is partially attributable to demonetisation. Total revenue of GST remitted till 29 Aug 2017 is Rs. 92,283 crore, that too with only 64.42% of assesses having completed the payments. (No. 2 on the scale of importance – High).

    6. Before demonetisation roughly 1 lakh new pan cards were issued every day. Now the number of new PAN cards issued every day averages between 2-3 lakhs. (No. 3 on the scale of importance – High).

    7. One of the big advantages of demonetisation has been the move to a more formal digital economy. In FY 2016-17, there were a total of 300 crore digital transactions. If the rate seen in the first few weeks of FY 2017-18 continues, then the government estimates that this year there will be more than 2500 crore digital transactions. (No. 1 on the scale of importance – Highest).

    8. The usage of mobile wallets like PayTM, SBI Buddy, FreeCharge is already worth more than Rs 200 crore per day. In the five months since its launch, 2 crore people have downloaded the BHIM app. The BHIM and UPI payment gateways are already averaging a daily transactional value of Rs 140 crore per day. (No. 2 on the scale of importance – High).

    9. The number of active contributors under the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) scheme has gone up from 3.7 crores before demonetisation to 4.5 crores by March 2017. This means that more companies have now started paying EPF to their employees. (No. 4 on the scale of importance – Low).

    10. Demonetisation has also helped ensure that the advance of a RBI rate cut is actually passed on to the consumer. Between January 2015 and October 2016, the RBI reduced interest rates by 175 basis points. However, on an average banks passed on only about 50 basis point rate cut to the consumer. After demonetisation, though, banks have already reduced the Marginal Cost of Fund Based Lending Rates (MCLR) by around 100 basis points and the government expects that the reduction will continue in the coming months. (No. 3 on the scale of importance – High).

    11. The advantage of reduced interest rates is felt most notably by the medium and small scale industries. The government’s calculation is that thousands of SMEs will cross the threshold of viability thanks to the reduction in interest rates spurred by demonetisation. (No. 2 on the scale of importance – High).

    12. Demonetisation is also giving a boost to reviving the housing sector which has been in the doldrums for the last few years. Interest rate for individual borrowers is already done to 8.2 per cent. Before demonetisation, interest rates hovered at around 9.3 per cent. (No. 4 on the scale of importance – Low).

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