Dharma Sansad declares Shirdi Sai Baba to be neither God nor Guru - TOI & DNA

Sai Baba

Dharma Sansad declares Shirdi Sai Baba to be neither God nor Guru - TOI & DNA

“Dharma Sansad on August 25th adopted a resolution declaring Sai Baba, the 19th century mystic, was neither God nor a guru and hence cannot be worshipped and placed among Hindu Gods.” – TOI

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2 - An “eminent historian” attacks Arun Shourie - Koenraad Elst

Nalanda

Koenraad Elst

2 - An “eminent historian” attacks Arun Shourie - Koenraad Elst

“Like any stage magician, Jha indulges in misdirection. While he himself has been caught in the act of misquoting his source (Yadava), and repeats this act of dishonesty in this very article, he tries to offset his embarrassment by a flight forward, viz. heaping imaginary allegations and plain swearwords upon Arun Shourie.” – Dr Koenraad Elst

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1 - How history was made up at Nalanda - Arun Shourie

Arun Shourie

1 – How history was made up at Nalanda – Arun Shourie

“Surely, no self-respecting Marxist could have made his account rest on not just one miracle — acquiring siddhis and raining fire on to the Nalanda structures — but two, for we also have the streams of water running down from the scriptures.” – Arun Shourie

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The Making of the Taj Mahal – Shantanu Bhagwat

Taj Mahal, Agra, India


In a 1982 booklet titled Taj Museum, on page 4 of the slim volume, we find this sentence: “The site selected for the burial was an extremely pleasant and lofty land situated to the south of the city on which, till then stood the mansion of Raja Man Singh and which was, at that time, in possession of the latter’s grandson, Raja Jai Singh.” Guess who published this booklet? The Archaeological Survey of India! - Shantanu Bhagwat

In wake of James Foley’s beheading, can we finally say the I-word? – Rex Murphy

In wake of James Foley’s beheading, can we finally say the I-word? – Rex Murphy

“When will the world take the jihadists at their word? Is there any doubt whatsoever that ISIS — which is currently slaughtering Christians, beheading its opponents, purging ‘non-believers’ and storming about Iraq and Syria with the cry ‘Convert or Die’ — is not fanatically, ruthlessly and irredeemably rooted in religious extremism? What, in any god’s name, does the first ‘I’ in ISIS stand for?” – Rex Murphy

Tit-for-tat with Pakistan – Rajeev Srinivasan

Tit-for-tat with Pakistan – Rajeev Srinivasan

“Foreign policy, especially between enemies such as India and Pakistan, can be modeled as a series of Prisoner’s Dilemma games. Thus, when Vajpayee extended his hand in friendship (a ‘cooperation’), the response was the Kandahar hijack (a ‘betrayal’). But Manmohan Singh’s next move was further weak-kneed co-operation. This is what Pakistan and mentor China have come to expect from India.” – Rajeev Srinivasan

Missing the mosquito net - Maria Wirth

Missing the mosquito net – Maria Wirth

“Lumbini was infested with mosquitoes. Though there was a mosquito net, it was almost impossible to get underneath without taking a bunch of mosquitoes in. There were some researchers in town who tried to find a solution to the malaria problem. One of them told me that the best protection against malaria is a mosquito net, because the malaria carrying mosquito usually bites between 10 pm and 2 am…

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Article 370: Facts you should know - Pravin Singh

Kashmir: Article 370

Article 370: Facts you should know – Pravin Singh

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (August 19) issued a notice to Centre on a plea challenging the provisions of Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The plea was filed by a Delhi-based NGO, asking why a law passed by the J&K Assembly “deprives people from other parts of the country from acquiring immovable assets or seek employment in the state.”

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The Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar Interview – Ronjita Das

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The Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar Interview – Ronjita Das

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, the last of the legendary yoga gurus, passed into the ages on August 20, 2014. He would have turned 96 on December 14.

Kashmir: With State govt complicity, Muslims usurp ancient Hindu site at Kounsar Nag - Vivek Sharma

Kounsar Nag


Dawn 
has come up with a pictorial feature … showing seven odd young Kashmiri boys offering Namaz in a make-shift prayer place on its magnificent banks. … Behind those offering prayers lays hanging a huge banner, seeking donations for ‘reconstruction’ of Masjid Sharief, Syed Akbar, Ahrabal. On a corner of the slightly raised stone fencing, stands a tall post…“Pakistan’s prestigious media house

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"We will take Spain back," says Islamic State - Soeren Kern

ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Top ISIS Leaders


Calls to reconquer
al-Andalus are becoming more frequent and more strident.“‘Clearly Spain forms part of the strategic objectives of global jihad,’ Spanish Interior Minister Fernández Díaz said on the eve of the anniversary. ‘We are not the only ones but we are in their sights.’” – Soeren Kern

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Celebrate India’s past, don’t ignore it - Madhav Nalapat

The Wonder That Was India

Celebrate India’s past, don’t ignore it – Madhav Nalapat

“This columnist believes that the Ramayana and the Mahabharatadescribed real life situations, and that Rama and Sita existed in flesh and blood during a time erased on the excuse of myth by colonial-era historians. … What is needed to be done in India is to re-discover the truth of the epics. Were, for example, a tourist trail to be created that would retrace the journey of Rama to Lanka and…

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The Modi government’s Hindu agenda - Koenraad Elst

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The Modi government’s Hindu agenda – Koenraad Elst

“We should not give up hope too soon that Modi all by himself will make a difference for the better. He has, after all, been hardened by 12 years of unprecedentedly intense hate campaign by the secularists. Mostly, the reaction of BJP leaders to the slightest whiff of secularist criticism is to buckle under, to jettison even the least association with anything Hindu, and to go out of their way to…

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VIDEO: Did Moses Exist? - D.M. Murdock

Prophet Moses

VIDEO: Did Moses Exist? – D.M. Murdock

Moses is widely considered the main patriarch for the Abrahamic religions. Although many today regard his existence as suspect, few understand the powerful mythological resonance of the Moses figure. Moses is actually a syncretic and composite godman reaching into many ancient cultures and faiths. He is part sun-god, part lawgiver archetype, and plenty hero of a thousand faces. We enter the Myth…

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About the St Thomas reference in Shashi Tharoor’s book Pax Indica – Poulasta Chakraborthy

About the St Thomas reference in Shashi Tharoor’s book Pax Indica – Poulasta Chakraborthy

This sounds like a good story. And that’s what it is: a good story. All those statements on Thomas made by Tharoor, Nehru and Prasad are not based on any solid historical evidence. They are just repetitions of a well established legend. – Poulasta Chakraborthy