VIDEO: Himalayan Academy’s History of Hindu India is a valuable resource - Murali Balaji

VIDEO: Himalayan Academy’s History of Hindu India is a valuable resource – Murali Balaji

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“Himalayan Academy, which publishes the acclaimed
Hinduism Today magazine, produced the video and the textbook in “response to the problem of negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in school textbooks,” and their approach relied on academic expertise and vetting. The primary author was Shiva Bajpai, professor emeritus of history at California State University-Northridge, while noted religion…

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A Marxist critique of the Modi government’s ICHR nomination - Koenraad Elst

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A Marxist critique of the Modi government’s ICHR nomination – Koenraad Elst

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for having a low opinion of diplomas and having more respect for achievement. That is why he nominated Smriti Irani, underqualified but a proven hard worker, to the Human Resources Development ministry, who in her turn thought of Prof. Rao as the right choice for the ICHR. Let us hope that she knows of qualities of his that we have yet to appreciate.” – Dr…

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Budget 2014: Jaitley reluctant to jettison the junk - Virendra Parekh

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Budget 2014: Jaitley reluctant to jettison the junk – Virendra Parekh

“It must be said without mincing words that the budget has belied expectations of a radical change and bold measures. Barring some laudatory references to Indian civilization and River Ganga, Mr. Jaitley’s budget speech could have been read by any Congress finance minister. Grandiose talk of a brilliant future, the gesture of tossing something to every vote bank, multiple schemes with token…

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CBSE Sanskrit Week: Tamil parties with Sanskrit ‘Dravida’ names oppose mela – Jayasree Saranathan

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CBSE Sanskrit Week: Tamil parties with Sanskrit ‘Dravida’ names oppose mela – Jayasree Saranathan

"Our ‘Dravida’ leaders are worried that Sanskrit would hurt ‘national integrity’. It is funny that  the self avowed guardians of Tamil have not known that Tamil is actually a language integrated with Sanskrit!" — Jayasree Saranathan

Maldives exporting jihadis to India – Tufail Ahmad

"The recent arrest of Sri Lankan national Shakir aka Zakir Hussain in Chennai revealed that he made 20 reconnaissance trips to India to facilitate terrorists from the Maldives to attack Israeli and US consulates in Bangalore and Chennai." - Tufail Ahmad

Muslim radicalism as a simple phenomenon – Moorthy S. Muthuswamy

The fiction of SC status for converts - Rakesh Sinha

The fiction of SC status for converts – Rakesh Sinha

Dalit Christians

“Is it not incomprehensible that  Dalit Christians/Muslims want to be delisted from the OBC list and included under the presidential order of 1950? Besides, no one has a convincing answer as to what should be  the cut-off date for SC converted to Christianity and Islam.  The hidden agenda of conversion is behind such demand, which is morally and legally untenable.” - Rakesh Sinha

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Decolonising India’s education - Maria Wirth

Decolonising India’s education – Maria Wirth

“Nobody says that children should not learn English. But why demand from teenagers fluency to write essays, understand thick textbooks and the question papers in their exams? They need to learn the basics, like students in other countries do. Why burden them so young with tomes in an alien language? This happens in no developed country, only in a few former colonies, including India.” - Maria…

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The term ‘secular nationalist’ is an oxymoron - Anirban Ganguly

The term ‘secular nationalist’ is an oxymoron – Anirban Ganguly

“It is difficult to append the label ‘nationalist’ to ‘secular’ in the Indian context. As we have been given to understand through their own positions, for the Indian seculars, India, has always been an imagined entity, a notion, a congeries of contradictory diversities perpetually in conflict, with no binding thread except that of colonial domination. They dismiss as legend the concept of a peak…

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Modi’s critics inadvertently admit they have rewritten Indian history - R. Jagannathan

Modi’s critics inadvertently admit they have rewritten Indian history – R. Jagannathan

Smriti Irani

“The progressive secularisation of texts under the Nehru-Marxist consensus has ensured that most Indians have been badly severed from their own roots and ancient knowledge. Attempting to correct this balance is hardly the same as majoritarianism or ‘saffronisation’ in the negative sense.” - R. Jagannathan

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Nalanda, where science met spirituality - Claude Arpi

Nalanda, where science met spirituality – Claude Arpi

“Mr Amartya Sen, the chairman of the Nalanda Mentor Group, does not grasp what has been the hallmark of the Indian mind for millennia. When asked about the omission of the Dalai Lama’s name from the international project, Mr Sen stated that ‘religious studies could be imparted without involvement of religious leaders.’ The Dalai Lama may not need to be involved in the project, but the spirit of…

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Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy - Adi Shankara

Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy – Adi Shankara

Sri Dakshinamurthy

Sri Dakshinamurthy Stotram by Adi Sankara Bhagawat Pada

I praise and salute that Dakshinamurthy,
Who faces the south,
Who explains the true nature of the supreme Brahman,
Through his state of silence,
Who is young in looks,
Who is surrounded by disciples who are old sages,
Whose minds are fixed on Brahman,
Who is the greatest of teachers,
Who shows the Chinmudhra by his hand,
Who is…

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Supreme Court: Islamic shariat courts not legal, can’t enforce fatwas - Dhananjay Mahapatra

Supreme Court: Islamic shariat courts not legal, can’t enforce fatwas – Dhananjay Mahapatra

Fatwa

Fatwa is an informal justice delivery system with an objective of bringing about amicable settlement between parties, the Supreme Court said. “It is within the discretion of the persons either to accept, ignore or reject it.” – Supreme Court of India

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RSS-affiliated NGOs and foreign funding - Ashok Chowgule

The RSS believes in doing positive work for the nation and its people.

No Relevance: Centre asks UN mission to vacate Delhi office – Shubhajit Roy
The Narendra Modi government has asked the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan…

No Relevance: Centre asks UN mission to vacate Delhi office – Shubhajit Roy

The Narendra Modi government has asked the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan…